The Malmgren Concert Series of Hendricks Chapel has been made possible by a generous gift from Syracuse University alumna Ester Malmgren to Hendricks Chapel in 1991. The concert series offers the Syracuse community the highest quality of arts at no cost. See below for parking and accessibility information.

Many of our concerts are live-streamed and/or recorded. To view a live or recorded show, visit our YouTube page! 

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April 28
Theodicy Jazz Collective

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Theodicy Jazz Collective returns to Hendricks Chapel to present the world premiere of their new jazz suite, “Love Is the Way,” in collaboration with the Hendricks Chapel Choir. Supported with a prestigious grant from South Arts, an Atlanta-based non-profit that works with the National Endowment for the Arts, Theodicy’s suite incorporates sounds from the traditions of jazz and gospel music and rhythms from Latin America and Africa. The group’s residency at Syracuse University includes making a studio recording of the new work with the Hendricks Chapel Choir.

Led by pianist Andrew Barnett, Theodicy has performed their unique blend of sacred jazz for liturgical and concert settings across the United States and Europe since 2006. In 2015, Canterbury Cathedral commissioned Barnett and fellow collective member saxophonist William Z Cleary to write the Canterbury Jazz Mass, a work Theodicy also presented with the Hendricks Chapel Choir during a residency in 2018.

Theodicy describes their music as “a constant prayer, sometimes a shout of joy, sometimes a call to action, sometimes a cry for hope.” Don’t miss this first performance of inspiring new music for an eight-piece jazz band and choir!


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Parking

Parking is available in the Irving Garage. Visit parking.syr.edu for more information.

Accessibility

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) and captioning will be provided. For more information or to request accommodations, contact Hendricks Chapel at 315.443.2901 or chapel@syr.edu.


PAST SHOWS OF THE SEMESTER:

February 25
Black History Month Concert

Setnor School of Music students and faculty present a special concert highlighting the music of Black composers. This program includes inspiring solos for voice, piano, organ, and clarinet by Lawren Brianna Ware, Asriel Davis, Betty Jackson King, Florence Price, and Maria Thompson-Corley. The Hendricks Chapel Choir will perform Uzee Brown Jr.’s stirring setting of Psalm 150, and the Concert Choir will offer “He Never Failed Me Yet” by gospel legend Robert Ray. The program will conclude with the combined choirs singing James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

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March 3
Celebrating Women Composers

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The Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra celebrates Women’s History Month with a trio of compositions by outstanding women composers. 

Program:

Cécile Chaminade: Callirhoë Suite

Germaine Tailleferre: Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra

North American Premiere with Kenneth Meyer and Liamna Pestana, soloists

Julie Giroux: Symphony No.6: The Blue Marble (2022)

The program opens with the orchestral suite version of French pianist-composer Cécile Chaminade’s “ballet symphonique,” Callirhoë. The ballet received its premiere in 1888 at the Grand-Théâtre in Marseille and was an immediate success. The ballet is based on a libretto by the Provençal poet Elzéard Rougier that describes the efforts of Alcmeon trying to win the heart of his captive princess Callirhoë who, dreaming only of being allowed to return to her native land, persistently remains aloof. The goddess Venus steps in and, after many vicissitudes, including the heroine being turned into a marble statue, the tale ends happily. After the success of the ballet, Chaminade prepared a solo piano version and the orchestral suite version of this program. The third movement of the orchestral suite – Scherzettino – was especially popular with nineteenth-century French audiences. 

Marcelle Germaine Tailleferre began her musical studies with her mother before pursuing composition at the Paris Conservatoire. A significant member of the ground-breaking composer collective known as Les Six, Tailleferre’s most fruitful period was in the 1920s, when she composed her First Piano Concerto, the Harp Concertino, and several ballets. Tailleferre wrote her Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra for the French Radio in 1960, however, it was never performed and the score was thought to be lost until it resurfaced in 2003. This performance will be the North American Premiere of this important work.

The program concludes with Julie Giroux’s contemporary symphony and film, The Blue Marble, composed in 2022. This work is inspired by the iconic image of Earth taken by the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. Drawing on sounds and imagery from nature, the composer hopes that “this symphony reminds people just how frail and beautiful Earth is. I hope The Blue Marble fills hearts and minds with a renewed love for our planet, our one and only home. Earth is the one thing we all have in common. It does not belong to us. We belong to it. It is our only home and we should always treat it as such with every generation leaving it healthier and happier than the way they found it.”

March 24
The Lorelei Ensemble
 

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Heralded for its “full-bodied and radiant sound” (The New York Times) and “stunning precision of harmony, intonation, and… spectacular virtuosity” (Gramophone Magazine), Lorelei Ensemble is recognized across the globe for its bold and inventive programs that champion the extraordinary flexibility and virtuosity of the human voice. Led by founder and artistic director Beth Willer, Lorelei has established an inspiring mission, curating culturally relevant and artistically audacious programs that stretch and challenge the expectations of artists and audiences alike. 

Founded in Boston in 2007, the Lorelei Ensemble commissions new works for women’s and treble voices by the world’s leading composers. The ensemble’s program for the Malmgren Series, titled “Look Up,” will include new works by Christopher Cerrone and Elijah David Smith, among others.

Note: This show will not be live-streamed. 

April 7
Setnor at Carnegie Hall Preview Concert

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This program showcases a handful of outstanding Setnor School of Music students nominated by the faculty to represent Syracuse University in a special concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City on April 19. Join us in Hendricks Chapel on April 7 to hear this performance before it goes on the road! 

The concert will reflect the wonderful variety of music that takes place at the Setnor School of Music, including jazz combos, chamber music, student compositions, and virtuosic solos.

April 14
Festive Music for Organ, Brass, and Choir 

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The award-winning Syracuse University Trumpet Ensemble brings their exuberant sound to the beautifully reverberant space of Hendricks Chapel. Join us for a festive program that will feature Erik Morales’ recent works for eight-part trumpet ensemble, “Within Sacred Walls” and “Infinite Ascent.” Student and faculty trumpet and organ duos offer works by Antonio Vivaldi and Alan Hovhaness and the Hendricks Chapel Choir combines with brass and organ on Richard Proulx’s Festival Gloria.