Song of Joy: The Mendelssohns

This joyful hour of music for chorus and orchestra captures the spirit of Easter and the rebirth of spring. VocalEssence sings works by the siblings Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. Felix was allowed to become a famous composer, even as that career path was closed to his equally talented sister.

Song of Joy: The Mendelssohns features choral settings by both, showcasing the siblings’ enormous talent, and culminating with Lobgesang, a festive Song of Joy based on Psalms and other biblical texts.


John Birge
John Birge is host of APM’s Composers Datebook, as well as the holiday specials Giving Thanks and Welcome Christmas with VocalEssence. He is also morning drive host on YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio.


One hour

Show Clock

Due to the length of the music pieces, this special will be one, 59:00 min segement. There is no internal break.

ContentDepot File Transfer

Preview audio available: March 13, 2023
Playlist Available: March 13, 2023
Promo spot available: March 25, 2023
Program rundown available: March 25, 2023
Date content will be uploaded: March 31, 2023


Broadcast Window

April 1, 2023 - May 13, 2023

Broadcast Rights

Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before May 14, 2023. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.


Fanny Mendelssohn: Job [12’40]

Mari Scott, soprano
Robin Helgen, alto
Bill Pederson, tenor
Michael Schmidt, bass
G. Phillip Shoultz III, conductor
VocalEssence Chorus and Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2: Hymn of Praise (Lobgesang) [41’45]

Nicholas Chalmers, tenor
JoAnna Johnson, soprano I
Elsa Buck, soprano II
Philip Brunelle, conductor
VocalEssence Chorus and Orchestra

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