Mendelssohn Club's St. Matthew Passion Symposium

24 Jan 2015
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, 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.

All are welcome to attend a lively discussion of Mendelssohn's editing choices in considering Bach's original score, led by Mendelssohn Club Artistic Director Alan Harler and a panel of experts.

Supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia celebrates their 140th season with the North American premiere 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.

The Panel:Alan Harler, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Tanya Kevorkian, Millersville University
R. Larry Todd, Duke University
Steven Zohn, Temple University
...and Koji Otsuke, to moderate the discussion

This symposium will be informal and accessible to novices and experts alike, and will be followed with a friendly reception.

Reservations are encouraged. This is a free event.