The British are coming! @McChorus, @ksboychoir and organist Alan Morrison join forces for #BritishOrganInvasion at the @KimmelCenter 11/5
MENDELSSOHN CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA AND ORGANIST ALAN MORRISON JOIN FORCES FOR BRITISH ORGAN INVASION AT VERIZON HALL, NOVEMBER 5, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, September 21, 2016) –– The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will collaborate with Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia (MCC) for British Organ Invasion at Verizon Hall on November 5 at 3:00 p.m. The presentation will feature a program of works by British composers including Benjamin Britten, William Walton, and Vaughan Williams, performed by MCC alongside organist Alan Morrison. The Keystone State Boychoir will also share the stage for selected works.
“It is a great pleasure to welcome such remarkable local talent to our campus, showcasing the beauty of organ music,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “We are so fortunate to have the magnificent Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ located in our Verizon Hall to bring this wonderful collaboration to life.”
The program consists of exquisite works for organ and chorus including; Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, William Walton’s Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, Vaughan Williams’ Antiphon from Five Mystical Songs, Kenneth Leighton’s Let all the world in every corner sing, Gerald Finzi’s God is gone up, Gabriel Jackson’s Salve Regina, and O Lord God by Dudley Buck with the Keystone State Boychoir.
As one of the country’s longest-standing choruses, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performs choral music to create a shared transcendent experience among its singers and audience. MCC strives to develop choral music as an art form through taking artistic risks that stretch and challenge their singers and audiences.
Alan Morrison is recognized as one of America’s premier concert organists, performing in prestigious concert organ venues across the United States, Canada, and International festivals. He is a master of twentieth and twenty-first century composers, personally introducing their works to audiences in recitals and concerts. Morrison often collaborates with vocalists and instrumentalists in choruses and chamber programs, such as his performance with the MCC. Today, Morrison is head of the organ department at one of our esteemed Resident Companies The Curtis Institute of Music, Associate Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and College Organist at Ursinus College.
Founded in 2001, the Keystone State Boychoir has enjoyed unprecedented success for an ensemble so young and is counted among the the finest, most successful community-based boychoir choral programs in the world. Under the direction of Music Directors Joseph P. Fitzmartin and Steven M. Fisher, the Boychoir sings a diverse enthralling repertoire from the classical to the contemporary.
Other upcoming concerts on the Kimmel Center’s Organ Series include; Organ Demonstrations
(October 22, 2016 and November 19, 2016, Verizon Hall), tenThing Brass Ensemble featuring Jeffrey Brillhart (March 29, 2017, Verizon Hall), and Tanya Tagaq in Concert with Nanook of the North featuring Aaron Miller (April 13, 2017, Verizon Hall), and a recital by Norman Mackenzie (May 20, 2017, Verizon Hall).
BRITISH ORGAN INVASION
November 5, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are available now and start at $35.00.Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at kimmelcenter.org.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts’ Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly Pops, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org.
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