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Big Sing! Mendelssohn, Bach, and the Chorale – Press Release

DSC00602Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Opens 141st Season on Sunday, October 26 with its biggest BIG SING ever, laying the foundation for their North American Premiere of the Bach-Mendelssohn St. Matthew Passion

“BIG SING: Mendelssohn, Bach and the Chorale” is the First of Two Milestone Concerts this Season Coming to the Magnificent Chapel at Girard College

(PHILADELPHIA) When it comes to J.S. Bach, much, much bigger may indeed be better than ever. Music lovers from all over the city will discover this for themselves when Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia opens its 141st season on Sunday, October 26 with “BIG SING: Mendelssohn, Bach and the Chorale.” That’s when people of all ages will gather in the colossal Chapel at Girard College in Fairmont to sing along with the giant 125-member chorus on select chorales by Bach, Mendelssohn and Praetorius. The full chorus or solosits will also perform short pieces by Hans Leo Hassler, Carl F. von Fasch and Carl F. Zelter. Joining Mendelssohn Club for their first-ever BIG SING at Girard Chapel will be the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and organist Michael Stairs. Free, secured parking is available on the Girard College campus. For tickets, visit:

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Sing and Play at Smith Memorial Playground

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia presented two Sing and Play programs at the historic Smith Memorial Playground in Philadelphia. Both provided a unique opportunity for any singer to sing chorals that demonstrated the differences between J.S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn. The chorals also helped to introduce a small portion of Mendelssohn’s version of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion that will receive its North American premiere in February, 2015 by the Mendelssohn Club Choir and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Singers were encouraged to bring their children or grandchildren to the event so they could have fun in the large playground surrounding the playhouse mansion. Adults, however, could not resist the chance to fly down the big wooden slide on burlap bags, themselves. See the photo gallery and video for a glimpse of these enjoyable evenings of music, snacks, play, and friendship.