Hendricks Chapel Choir and Company to Perform Calvar’s ‘Mass of Reconciliation’

Peppie Calvar
José “Peppie” Calvar

The Hendricks Chapel Choir will collaborate with the Syracuse University Singers, the vocal jazz ensembles from the Setnor School of Music, and singers from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam to perform José “Peppie” Calvar‘s “Mass of Reconciliation for Mixed Chorus, Soloists, and Big-Band Jazz Orchestra” as part of the Malmgren Concert Series at Hendricks Chapel on Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public and will also be available on Zoom; visit Hendricks Chapel’s Music and Message series page for more information.

Calvar is an associate professor of applied music and performance (conducting) and assistant director of choral activities in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music. He serves as director of the Hendricks Chapel Choir and artistic director of Holidays at Hendricks.

Calvar’s “Mass of Reconciliation” received its Syracuse premiere at Hendricks Chapel in 2015, and it has since been played at major venues including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and venues at Temple University and Coastal Carolina University, among others. The piece presents new music not necessarily for liturgical use, but rather for marrying the church’s rich artistic and textual heritage most commonly associated with traditional Western classical music with modern musical elements including jazz, funk and Latin popular styles. It also offers a rare opportunity for jazz instrumentalists to collaborate with choral artists.

The jazz orchestra will be comprised of six national-quality jazz instrumentalists in collaboration with Setnor School of Music jazz faculty and four jazz and commercial music students.The performance will also feature vocal solos from Hendricks Chapel Dean Brian Konkol and Marianne Solivan, assistant professor of applied music and performance (jazz voice) in the Setnor School of Music.