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Kelly Homan Rodoski

Syracuse University’s annual holiday concert, “Holidays at Hendricks,” will take place this year on Sunday, Dec. 3, in the main chapel.

The performance, by talented musicians and vocal performers from the Syracuse University community, begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and space is limited. Donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the food pantry at Hendricks Chapel will be gladly accepted. Free parking is available in the Quad parking lots and Irving Garage.

Students from the University’s organ studio will provide prelude music beginning shortly after 7 p.m., while the Chimemasters from the Setnor School of Music fill the campus with the sounds of the season.

“I’m always impressed by our students’ commitment to this program, and of the passion and emotion they pour into their performance,” says Peppie Calvar, assistant director of choral activities and director of the Hendricks Chapel Choir. “In the midst of so much divisiveness in today’s society, people of every faith and tradition gather at Holidays at Hendricks both as performers and audience members as an expression of what draws us all together. I think this resonates deeply with our students in particular.”

Following a welcome from Brian Konkol, the newly installed dean of Hendricks Chapel, the concert will begin with a new fanfare composed by Syracuse University Brass Ensemble director James T. Spencer. It will continue with pieces by Randall Thompson, Francis Poulenc, Sydney Guillaume, Eric Whitacre and many others.

Performances will be given by the Hendricks Chapel Choir and the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble joined by the Syracuse University Singers, Crouse Chorale (formerly known as the Syracuse University Women’s Choir), the Syracuse University Concert Choir and the University’s combined Vocal Jazz Ensembles. The concert will also feature University Organist Anne Laver and pianist Ida Tili-Trebicka.

For more information, contact Hendricks Chapel at 315.443.2901.