Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh to Present ‘Toward the Unknown Region’

By David Salazar

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh is set to present “Toward the Unknown Region” this April.

The showcase, which will be conducted by Robert Page Music Director Matthew Mehaffey will feature Vaughan William’s eponymous cycle as well as Jonathan Dove’s “The Passing of the Year.” There will also be music by such composers as Jocelyn Hagen and Ellen Gilson Voth, among others.

“’Toward the Unknown Region,’ one of the composer’s earliest works, captures the sense of youthful adventure when one sets out on a new journey. It begins with murky, uncertain harmonies and climaxes with a new, exultant theme on Whitman’s lines ‘Then we burst forth, we float, in time and space/ O soul, prepared for them, equal, equipt at last,” Mehaffey noted. “Both works are meant to inspire hope and courage amidst our uncertain times. The program will be rounded out with a variety of other pieces, both ancient and modern.”

Performances are set for April 2, 2022 at Hillman Center for Performing Arts, Shadyside Academy and April 3, 2022 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair.