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Donations

The Mendelssohn Glee Club was able to reach its historic150th-year milestone in large part because of supporters like you. If you attended our spring or winter gala anniversary concerts, and have not yet had the opportunity to contribute to MGC, we'd like you to know that your financial help is still welcome and appreciated.

MGC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  All contributions are tax deductible.

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Contact Us

To make an appointment for an audition, please contact the conductor at 212-362-8550 or click here

For general questions about the Club or for additional information, please contact the President, Edward Darnall (email).
 

Auditions
 

Men who have some music-reading ability or musical or choral experience are invited to audition.

To schedule an audition, please contact the conductor, Gene Wisoff, at 212-362-8550 or email him here.
 

Rehearsals

We rehearse on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 163 W. 93rd Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues).

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. 

Schedule: Rehearsals for the 2019 spring season begin January 28.

 



 

 

JOIN US!
at our
2019 Annual Spring Concert
Tuesday evening, May 14; 7 pm

as The Mendelssohn Glee Club presents


Music of War and Peace:
Commemorating the 75thAnniversary of D-Day
 (June 6, 1944)

with

guest artist
Alexandra Beliakovich, piano

featured bass soloist
Cantor Dan Singer

performing works by

 Claude Debussy, Felix Mendelssohn, George Gershwin, Randall Thompson,  Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Charles Gounod, Sammy Fain, Francis Poulenc, and others

***

Tuesday evening, May 14; 7pm
Stephen Wise Synagogue
30 West 68th Street, New York City (between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West)

admission free
 

CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION AND SILENT AUCTION TO FOLLOW CONCERT
--
Robbie Lee at the piano--

more info at 212-362-8550 or click here

mgcnyc.org

 
 

Love to Sing?
please join us! 

Become a Part of Our
 Venerable 152-Year History

rehearsals take place Monday evenings
 on the Upper West Side, culminating in a gala concert in December

contact conductor Gene Wisoff
at 212-362-8550 or click here

MGC at 150
 
In 2016 the Mendelssohn Glee Club celebrated its 150th anniversary with two gala concerts.

An Opera Slam was presented at Merkin Concert Hall on May 10, 2016. The guest soloists, eight artists from the world of opera, included Met stars soprano Aprile Millo and tenor Barry Banks.

The Club performed works from its extensive repertoire and new music, with a premiere by celebrated composer Mohammed Fairouz.

WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon emceed the event, local politicians presented proclamations and plaques, and the Club was honored to have a vice president of the New-York Historical Society, Dr. Valerie Paley, give a brief talk about the cultural life of New York City in the1860s.

see video below
 

The Club presented a second gala concert at the Stephen Wise Synagogue (West 68th Street) on December 13.

The performance featured music from the Great American Songbook. Guest artists included jazz pianist John di Martino and vocalists Lauren Kinhan and Judy Niemack. 

 
Mendelssohn Glee Club, May 10, 2016
150th anniversary concert (part 1)
 
Mendelssohn Glee Club, May 10, 2016
150th anniversary concert (part 2)
 
 
ABOUT THE CLUB
The Mendelssohn Glee Club of New York City was founded in 1866, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2016. Named for composer Felix Mendelssohn, the Club has presented at least two free concerts in every year since its founding. The nonprofit organization is the oldest noncollege-affiliated menís chorus in the country and the second oldest independent musical organization (after the New York Philharmonic).


Concerts


The Club gives two major performances a year, in May and December.  


Repertoire

We are always adding to our eclectic library of over 1,600 male choral pieces. Our repertoire includes art songs, ballads, spirituals, hymns, seasonal works, operatic choruses, lieder, barbershop songs, and selections from musical theater. 


Historic highlights

The glee club received accolades from Sir Arthur Sullivan and Arturo Toscanini and sang at the dedication of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1888.  Its conductors have included Joseph Mosenthal, Edward MacDowell, Frank Damrosch, Cesare Sodero, Emerson Buckley, and John Royer Bogue. Guest soloists have included Victor Herbert, Helen Traubel, Aprile Millo, and Emily Pulley. 

Click here to see detailed history.
 

Past performances

For details about other performances,
click here

Click here to read a review of our spring 2013 concert by Barron's blogger Richard C. Morais.


Benefit recitals and special performances


The Club serves the community by performing at local hospitals and senior centers and singing at special events. 

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.

 

Documentary about MGC

Men Who Sing: The 56-minute documentary follows the Club from rehearsals through performances over two years, providing glimpses of the singers and conductor at work and at play, and features interviews with both members and others connected to the chorus.

Click here to order DVD from Amazon.com.

 

About Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn 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).

Mendelssohn inspired the creation of many choral clubs -- amateur and professional -- including the Mendelssohn Glee Club of New York City, founded in 1866.

The Mendelssohn name was adopted in recognition of the composer's important role, historically, in choral music. Not the least of his contributions to European and world culture was his crusade to bring attention to the choral works, genius, and deserved preeminence of Johann Sebastian Bach.

 

Contact us

To make an appointment for an audition, please contact conductor Gene Wisoff (email) or at 212-362-8550. 

For general questions about the Club or for additional information, please contact the president, Edward Darnall (email).

 
   

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