To schedule an audition, please contact the conductor, Gene Wisoff, at 212-362-8550 or email him here.
Computer sheet music with audible notes for each voice is provided to facilitate learning at home.
Day and time: Monday from 7 to 9:15 pm. Street parking is usually available at our rehearsal hours.
the 2014 winter
season begin September 8.
The Mendelssohn Glee Club of New York City was founded in 1866. Named for composer Felix Mendelssohn, the Club has offered for the enjoyment of our members and friends at least two concerts in every year of our existence. The nonprofit organization is the oldest men’s chorus in the country and the second oldest independent musical organization (after the New York Philharmonic).
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Tuesday evening, May 13; 7:30 pm
MGC opened with the 1595 madrigal “Now Is the Month of Maying,” by Thomas Morley, a piece replete with naughty double meanings. Richard Nance’s “Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now,” part of Six Songs from a Shropshire Lad, is based on the poetry of A. E. Hausman and was a premiere performance for the Club.
Other first-time offerings by the men of Mendelssohn were Allist MacGillivray’s modern ballad “Away from the Roll of the Sea”; a traditional spiritual, “Goin’ Up to Glory,” based on a field-holler work song; the 1956 comic country novelty song “The Auctioneer,” by Leroy Van Dyke and Buddy Black; and Amy F. Bernon’s lovely ballad “Come In from the Firefly Darkness.”
MGC did its rendition of Harry Warren and Al Dubin’s “Lulu’s Back in Town,” from the 1935 musical Broadway Gondolier. The song has been covered by performers from Basin Street to Sesame Street, including Fats Waller and Mel Tormé.
Also on the program was the 19th-century folk song (and unofficial national anthem of Australia) “Waltzing Matilda”; the strongly marchlike “With Catlike Tread,” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance; Billy Joel’s plaintive reflection on a doomed romance “And So It Goes”; and Franz Liszt’s arrangement of Schubert’s lied “The Omnipotence” (“Die Allmacht”).
From the realm of jazz classics, the Club performed Victor Young’s romantic ballad “Stella By Starlight,” from the 1944 film The Uninvited (with lyrics, written in 1946, by Ned Washington)—a song that has been recorded by Charlie Parker, Ray Charles, Stan Getz, Nat King Cole, Harry James, Frank Sinatra, and Miles Davis among dozens of other artists.
Click here to read a review of our spring 2013 concert by Barron's blogger Richard C. Morais.
About Felix Mendelssohn
year 2009 marked Felix Mendelssohn's
200th birthday. He was born on February 3, 1809, in Hamburg, Germany.
His best-known works include A Midsummer Night's Dream
(with the famous "Wedding March"); his four symphonies (especially
the "Italian" and the "Scottish"); a violin concerto; piano pieces
entitled Songs Without Words; and the oratorio Elias (a
large-scale work for chorus, orchestra, and soloists).
We hope that our audiences have enjoyed our performances as much as we have enjoyed singing. Please keep in mind that the ability of the Club to continue depends on financial support from friends like you. Donations.
Benefit recitals and special performances
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We welcome the opportunity to share our joy of singing. If you would be interested in having the Club perform for your organization, please contact us.
For general questions about the Club or for additional information, please contact the President, John Memmolo: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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