Review by Wes Seneca
In 1609, English navigator Henry Hudson steered his ship up the flowing waters that now bear his name. After sailing as far as possible up the river, he noted the scarcity of male choruses in the region, and making use of Dutch sailors and a few willing native men, promptly founded the Mendelssohn Club of Albany. Or perhaps not… but the men of Mendelssohn proudly boast of being “the longest continually performing arts group in the Capital District.”
Now in their 104th concert season, last Friday’s concert at The Egg’s Hart Theatre proved that Albany’s Mendelssohn Club is still going strong. Under the direction of conductor Jeffrey Vredenburg, about 60 current Mendelssohn Club members presented a balanced program mixing the classical (Handl’s “O Magnum Mysterium”), the popular (Gillespie & Coots’ “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”) and the oral traditions (“Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow”). Don’t let the tuxedos fool you, the Mendelssohns have never been stuffed shirts about their musical choices.