The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh sets 2018-19 season
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh will open the first of two concerts at unique locations at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 with “Let My People Go! A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad,” a collaboration with Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the concert will take place in the Hill District. The event will be part of Black History Month and spotlight African-American spirituals featuring four soloists and two actors backed by the choir.
At 110 years old, the choir is Pittsburgh’s oldest performing arts organization. It is composed of 100-plus singers and led by Robert Page Music Director Matthew Mehaffey.
Leading the audience along the Underground Railroad through storytelling, the actors will illuminate the secret codes used by those who traversed the railroad and explain the importance of the era’s songs. The junior Mendelssohn Choir, a highly talented ensemble of high school aged students, will open the show with works by contemporary African American composers.
The show’s cast will include internationally acclaimed operatic soprano Elisabeth Stevens and bass Gregg Baker, known for his commanding voice.
The second show at unique locations is “Victoria’s Secret: A Life in Music,” is set for 7:30 p.m. May 18 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in East Liberty and 3 p.m. May 19 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair. The performance will celebrate Queen Victoria during the 200th anniversary of her birth.
The Mendelssohn Choir is the official choir of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
The two will team up for a number of performances:
• “Danny Elfman and Tim Burton’s Films,” Oct. 12-14, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh
• “The Planets: A Centennial Celebration,” Nov. 2-4, Heinz Hall
• “Haydn’s Great Mass,” Nov. 30 and Dec. 3, Heinz Hall
• “Handel’s Messiah,” Dec. 1, Heinz Hall
• “Highmark Holiday Pops,” Dec. 14-23, Heinz Hall
• Berlioz’s “Damnation of Faust,” March 8 and 10, Heinz Hall
• Beethoven’s “9th,” June 6-9, Heinz Hall
Tickets are $10-$45 and go on sale Sept. 1