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 our own 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.
The jazz orchestra will be comprised of six national-quality jazz instrumentalists in collaboration with Syracuse University jazz faculty and four students from the Setnor School of Music’s Jazz and Commercial Music program chaired by John Coggiola. 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 performance will also feature vocal solos from our own Dean Brian Konkol, and Marianne Solivan, Assistant Professor of Jazz Voice.
José “Peppie” Calvar is Associate Professor Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Syracuse University, and he serves as director of the Hendricks Chapel Choir and as artistic director of Holidays at Hendricks.