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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 Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th St. (between Broadway and West End Ave.).

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 2014 winter season begin September 8.

 

 

 

Please Join Us
 for our Annual Winter Holiday Concert
Tuesday Evening, December 9
 
 

Date: Tuesday evening, December 9; 7:30 pm
Location:
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street (between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West)
Guest artist: soprano April Martin
Admission: free
More info: 212-362-8550

click here for details, including program highlights

Men Who Sing
 
Documentary Featuring MGC
click on image to view trailer
Men Who Sing: The 56-minute documentary showcases MGC's rich history since its founding in 1866 and recent resurgence.

The film 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 learn more about the DVD and to place an order.

It's hoped that the documentary will inspire other men who love to sing to come forth and let their voices be heard. If you would like to audition for the Club, please contact conductor Gene Wisoff at GeneWisoff@aol.com or phone 212-362-8550.
 



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).

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. Recent performances.

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.  Detailed history

MGC on NPR

Listen to Lars Hoel's feature about MGC on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday (December 23, 2007). Click here.

Concerts
The Club gives two major performances a year, in the spring and winter.   .

2014 Annual Winter Holiday Concert
(first performance of 149th season)

Date: Tuesday evening, December 9; 7:30 pm
Location:
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street (between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West)
Guest artist: soprano April Martin
Admission: free
More info: 212-362-8550

Program highlights

Mendelssohn’s program will feature 17 varied selections, culminating in seasonal wintry but heartwarming holiday numbers.

To mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, the performance will showcase four pieces about or having words by the Bard of Avon. There will also be two songs by Richard Strauss, along with touches of patriotic fanfare to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

From the 1948 Broadway show Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s clever and lively “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” extols the virtues of being able to quote the Bard to win over the fair sex. The lyrics of “Sigh No More, Ladies” are drawn from Much Ado About Nothing, and those for “It Was a Lover and His Lass” and “How Like a Winter” are also lyric-wise Shakespearean.

From Richard Strauss, the Club will sing “Zueignung” and “Traum Durch die Dämmerung.” George M. Cohan’s stirring “Over There” (1917) is on the program, as is Irving Berlin’s immortal “God Bless America, ” written by Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938.

As for holiday fare, the men of Mendelssohn will sing the Hanukkah classic “Mi Yamallel”; Ralph Blane’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” memorably rendered by Judy Garland in the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis; and, from the 1966 Broadway show Mame, Jerry Herman’s “We Need a Little Christmas.”


About the guest artist

Soprano April Martin has won top awards in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, the Opera Carolina Guild competition, and the Heafner-Williams Vocal competition, all in the first three months of 2014.  

This year Ms. Martin sang Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte in Kansas City  and performed Musetta in La bohème with the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Maine. Her other important roles include Anna Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites. She has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and  Kansas City Symphony, at the Aspen Music Festival and Castleton Music Festival, and with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Opera Department. 

She currently studies with Vinson Cole and is a first-year apprentice young artist with the Kansas City Lyric Opera Company.

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.


About Felix Mendelssohn

The 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).

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.       

 

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

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

Click here to read about benefit recitals.

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.

Contact Us
To make an appointment for an audition, please contact the conductor at 212-362-8550 or send email to GeneWisoff@aol.com. 

For general questions about the Club or for additional information, please contact the President, John Memmolo: jamskier@aol.com.  

The Mendelssohn Glee Club would like to thank radio station WQXR for its generous support.
 
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