Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia's BIG SING

26 Oct 2014
4 p.m.
Girard College Chapel, 2101 S College Avenue, Philadelphia


Mendelssohn's original Bach St. Matthew Passion full score. Throughout the score, Mendelssohn made dynamic and articulation marks in light pencil, preserving the original manuscript. Photo courtesy of the Bodleian Library, Oxford University.

The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia opens its 141st season on Sunday, October 26 with its biggest BIG SING ever, laying the foundation for the North American premiere of the Bach-Mendelssohn St. Matthew Passion. People of all ages will gather in the colossal Girard 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 and soloists will also perform short pieces by Hans Leo Hassler, Carl F. von Fasch, and Carl F. Zelter. Joining the Mendelssohn Club for their first-ever BIG SING at Girard Chapel will be the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and organist Michael Stairs.

Supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The Bach-Mendelssohn Project celebrates the Mendelssohn Club's 140th season with a reconstruction of Felix Mendelssohn's 1841 revision of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Mendelssohn's edits to the original score were designed to popularize Bach among mid-19th-century audiences, who were more likely to study than to perform the composer's work. When the 20-year-old Mendelssohn conducted a performance of the Passion in 1829, it helped to inspire a widespread revival of Bach's music, and fueled the growth of choral societies across Europe and the United States, including the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.

Audience members can warm up for the chorales by listening to the chorus rehearsing them on the Mendelssohn Club YouTube channel, or by downloading the music and singing along.

$28 online, $30 at the door
Preferred seating $38 online, $40 at the door
$15 for students with ID