2020-2021 Virtual Season

Dialogues with Dominick

Creating New Music in the Midst of a Pandemic

Featuring Melissa Dunphy & Texu Kim

October 28, 2020 - 7:30pm

Mendelssohn Chorus is thrilled to announce that we have commissioned two incredible composers, Melissa Dunphy and Texu Kim, during our 20-21 season. Join us to hear how these two composers approached the task at hand and learn more about their music making processes.

Born to refugee parents and raised in Australia, Melissa Dunphy immigrated to the United States in 2003 and has since become an award-winning and acclaimed composer specializing in vocal, political, and theatrical music. She first came to national attention in 2009 when her large-scale choral work the Gonzales Cantata was featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, National Review, Comedy Central, and on Fox News and MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, where host Rachel Maddow described it as “the coolest thing you’ve ever seen on this show.” Dunphy has a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.M. in Theory and Composition from West Chester University, and is a lecturer in composition at Rutgers University.

Much of Texu Kim’s compositional outlook reflects his personal fascination with everyday experiences, as in his piece Bounce!!, inspired by bouncing basketballs and incorporates different aspects of bouncing through bouncy gestures and alternating chords and instruments. As a person with a multicultural background, he also composes music about modern Korea and the interaction between its folk culture and external influences, as in Monastic Sceneries which addresses the integration of American evangelical and indigenous shaman traditions in Korean Christianity. Texu teaches composition and music theory at San Diego State University, after teaching at Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University, and Syracuse University. He also served as the Composer-in-Residence of the Korean Symphony Orchestra in 2014-18. Having studied with Unsuk Chin, David Dzubay, Sven-David Sandstrom, Claude Baker, and Sangjick Jun, he received his D.M. from Indiana University and other degrees from Seoul National University.

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Big Sing

Celebrate the Season

Featuring Jeffrey Brillhart, Rollo Dilworth, and
Mitos Andaya Hart

December 9, 2020 - 7:30pm

Singing together is a part of who we are, and at no time is that more true than during the holidays. We welcome some of our Philadelphia community chorus leaders to take part in this heartwarming event together: Jeffrey Brillhart from Singing City, Mitos Andaya Hart leader of PhilHarmonia, and composer-conductor Rollo Dilworth (2020-21 MCP Artist-In-Residence). Together with MCP artistic director Dominick DiOrio, each conductor will share some of their favorite works and invite you to sing-along as we renew our hope and promise for a better world.

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Dialogues with Dominick

Meet the Director

Featuring Conductor and Composer Dominick DiOrio

January 13, 2021 - 7:30pm

During this special Dialogues with Dominick, Dominick will be interviewed by MCP singer Rachele Armstrong about a new work he will write specifically for Mendelssohn Chorus during this moment in history for an upcoming virtual chorus project.

Dominick DiOrio is a conductor and composer who has won widespread acclaim for his contributions to American music. Whether leading an ensemble or crafting a new score, he brings equal passion and determination to his work in vocal and instrumental music, and he has been recognized with The American Prizes in both Choral Composition (2014) and Choral Performance (2019). He is the 14th Artistic Director & Conductor of the Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia.

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Dialogues with Dominick

Beyond the Binary (A Meditation on Humans and Machines): A “Listen-In”

Featuring the creative team behind the project

February 24, 2021 - 7:30pm

Join composer Andrea Clearfield, librettist Ellen Frankel, and custom instrument builder David Kontak to talk about a new commission, Beyond the Binary (a meditation on humans and machines).

Beyond the Binary is a multi-media oratorio conceived as a musical sequel to Karel Capek’s enormously influential science fiction play “R.U.R (Rossums Universal Robots),” timed to coincide with its 100th anniversary. R.U.R is perhaps most famous for introducing the word “robot” into our language. Both the original and the proposed sequel addresses the promises and dangers of artificial intelligence, and the question of what it means to be human.

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Big Sing

“Say Her Name”

Featuring Alysia Lee of Sister Cities Girlchoir

March 10, 2021 - 7:30pm

For our third BIG SING, we welcome Alysia Lee, founder and Artistic Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir and 2020-21 MCP Artist-In-Residence. Together with MCP artistic director Dominick DiOrio, Alysia will remind us to “Say Her Name” as we work to end systemic racism and injustice and create a more welcoming and inclusive choral music community through our singing and songmaking. You won’t want to miss this collaborative experience which will also welcome singers from the Sister Cities Girlchoir, an El Sistema-inspired girl empowerment choral academy.

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Dialogues with Dominick

The New Music Scene in Philadelphia

March 31, 2021 - 7:30pm

You are cordially invited to an all-star panel discussion with Philadelphia composers about new music in Philadelphia! Featuring Andrea Clearfield, Melissa Dunphy, and our two 2020-21 MCP Artists-In-Residence Rollo Dilworth and Alysia Lee. Moderated by MCP Artistic Director, Dominick DiOrio.

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Big Sing

Brahms: A German Requiem

Featuring former MCP Artistic Directors Alan Harler, John Leonard, and Paul Rardin

April 28, 20201 - 7:30pm

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia has a long and rich history of music-making in our community, and that legacy has been built brick-by-brick by charismatic, humble, and generous former artistic directors Alan Harler, John Leonard, and Paul Rardin.

MCP Artistic Director Dominick DiOrio welcomes back to the podium these visionaries as we sing together movements from one of our most treasured choral cornerstones: Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem.

Honor their legacy through giving! Learn more about donating to the Alan Harler New Ventures Fund and the Dr. John P. Leonard Conducting Apprenticeship on our website.

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Virtual Attendance Information:

Attendance for our 2020-2021 Season events will be online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After purchasing your ticket or package, you will receive an email sent personally by a Mendelssohn Chorus staffer with information on how to login to our programming remotely via Zoom, an internet-based meeting platform.

All Zoom events will begin 10 minutes before the program starting time, allowing patrons to log-in early and trouble-shoot any unexpected technology issues.

In other words, the virtual doors will open 10 minutes before the virtual program begins so you can take your time to find your virtual seat!

A staffer will be on stand-by and available to contact for issues and questions starting 30 minutes before the program via info@mcchorus.org. 


 

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