Raise a glass to St. George and the "grandmother of Europe", Queen Victoria, on the anniversary of her 200th birthday! Friends from The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh join us for an insiders preview of their upcoming concert, "Victoria's Secret: A Life in Music". Join us from 6PM at the Sharp Edge, downtown for pre-show drinks and food. At 6.50 we move to Heinz Hall for a talk from music director Matthew Mehaffey and then the 'pièce de résistance', you get to watch the choir rehearse the start of their performance for 35 minutes. At 8pm we return to the Sharp edge for a short talk on Queen Victoria and Q&A/network. Wow! Such a mouth watering evening. We can't wait!
Created by Matthew Mehaffey, music director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP), Victoria's Secret will feature actor and Ivey Award winner Bradley Greenwald portraying all five of Victoria’s private secretaries! Greenwald leads the audience through episodes of the Queen’s life in between short performances of music significant to her and her time. Actress Lisa Ann Goldsmith, who has appeared in “Love & Other Drugs,” “The Next Three Days” and “One for the Money,” will provide the voice of Victoria.
The MCP will present the concert on Saturday, May 18 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, and Sunday, May 19 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair. The show will include works by Mendelssohn, Wagner, Johann Strauss, and Arthur Sullivan, and many more. The show will conclude with an organ-backed rendition of “God Save the Queen,” and the audience is encouraged to sing along!
Britsburgh membership costs just $8 a month for individuals and $10 for households or pay a year upfront and get a further 10% off. Come to our event and go to the Mendelssohn performance and you will save a minimum of $15 per person! Membership is worth it. Minimum membership term: 1 year! For two adults in the same household you would recover 27% (17% for an individual) of your membership in these two events alone! Join today.
Join us on April 24 to meet the music director, preview the show, and toast Queen Victoria.
Join us for an evening with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh:
6-6.45pm - Dine, meet and greet. Gather with friends and enjoy happy hour specials at Sharp Edge Bistro
6.45 - Move to Heinz Hall (Backstage - fourth floor (via security list only))
7.00-7.20pm - Music director Matthew Mehaffey presents a behind-the-scenes look at Victoria's Secret: A Life in Music coming up in May
7.20-8pm - Listen to the Choir rehearse LIVE and in person
8pm - Return to Sharp Edge
8.10 onwards - Short talk given by Kim Szczypinski on Queen Victoria. Kim is the Study Abroad Coordinator at Duquesne University; Q&A, drinks and network with Mendelssohn Choir representatives
Any questions or registration by phone - 412 396 9400
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