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SVE congratulates artistic director Robert Cowles for receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the Sibelius Academy in Finland during the 2014-2015 season.

Christmas Pie with a Latin American Flair

Jose Calvar, guest conductor

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 PM
Holy Cross Church
4112 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:00 PM
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
310 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Deck the Halls in 7/8 time, Joy to the World with salsa rhythms, and A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas complement modern settings of timeless texts such as O Magnum Mysterium (Custer), Cantico de Isaias (Calvar), and From Light to Light (Cherwin/McDermid) on this varied program. The Latin American favorite Navidad Nuestra, festive dancers from Syracuse's La Casita, and our traditional pie reception complete the celebration!

Guest Conductor: Jose (Peppie) Calvar, Syracuse University

Last date to purchase tickets online for the December concert is Thursday, Dec. 11. All tickets purchased online will be held for the buyer at the door.

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A Pacific Rim Tour

Yunn-Shan Ma, guest conductor

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:30 PM
St. David's Episcopal Church
14 Jamar Dr., Fayetteville

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:00 PM
Liverpool First United Methodist Church
604 Oswego St., Liverpool

Our final concert of the season features a multi-cultural choral festival from the Pacific Rim. Aboriginal as well as folk arrangements from Japan, India, Korea, Bali, Taiwan, and Australia come together with traditional Latin settings of the Ave Maria from Paert, Rachmaninoff, and Matsushita. Please come to enjoy colorful choral works from the Far East and witness SVE's multilingual mastery!

Guest Conductor: Yunn-Shan Ma, Eastman School of Music

Last date to purchase tickets online for the March concert is Thursday, March 5. All tickets purchased online will be held for the buyer at the door.

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Past Concerts

Psalms and Poetry

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 3:00 PM
University United Methodist Church
1085 E Genesee St., Syracuse

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7:30 PM
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 E Genesee St., Syracuse

Psalm settings from across the ages open this concert filled with poetry old and new. Featured composers include Schutz, Palestrina, Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Stanford, Knauf, Clausen, and Dello Joio. Settings of Walt Whitman poetry complete this presentation. The concert's centerpiece, Jeffrey Van's A Procession Winding Around Me: Four Civil War Poems, features Kenneth Meyer on guitar.

Guest conductor John Warren, Syracuse University


Love and Light

Sunday, March 9, 2014, 3:00 PM
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
310 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 7:30 PM
Cazenovia United Methodist Church
Seminary and Lincklaen Sts.

This collaborative performance by SVE and and Society for New Music features Lux Aeterna, a work for chorus and chamber orchestra by Morten Lauridsen, recipient of the 2007 Medal of Arts; and Valentines and Graffiti, a work for ensemble, soloist, clarinet and piano by Earl George.

The concert features guest artists Laura Enslin, soprano; John Friedrichs, clarinet; and Ida Trebicka, piano.


A Taste of the Mosaic: A Sampler Event of the Mosaic Collective

Sunday, January 26, 2014, 4:00 PM
St. Paul's Cathedral
310 Montgomery St., Syracuse

A performance by members of the Mosaic Collective: Dance Theater of Syracuse, Paul Robeson Performing Arts Co., Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, and Syracuse Community Choir.

Free admission.


A Family Christmas Pie

Sunday, December 15, 2013, 3:00 PM
Liverpool First United Methodist Church
604 Oswego St., Liverpool

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 7:30 PM
Holy Cross Church
4112 E. Genesee St., Dewitt

Music for the young and young at heart!

Join SVE for light seasonal music, an appearance by the Dance Theater of Syracuse and audience participation carols, followed by our after-concert sumptuous pie reception and Family Photo Booth.

Ideas Collaborative This concert is made possible in part by the IDEAS Collaborative


Partner with SVE

Make the 2014-15 season a success and help welcome our guest conductors:

  • John Warren
  • Jose (Peppie) Calvar
  • Yunn-Shan Ma

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"The music filled the space with incredible blend and rich, warm harmonies ... It was a truly stunning reading of these lesser performed gems."
Love and Light concert, March 2014
Abel Searor, Syracuse Post Standard
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"SVE gave a remarkable performance and the mundane concerns of life were transcended ... the audience held its collective breath, hesitating, unwilling to disturb the intensity of the experience."
The Rakhmaninov Vespers, 2010
Linda Loomis, Syracuse Post Standard
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"I have been a heartfelt fan of Syracuse Vocal Ensemble for many years. Every single concert by this fabulous group of singers has been musically engaging and often deeply moving ... I keep coming back to hear great music superbly sung."
Kevin Moore, pianist

"[SVE's concert] was, simply put, the finest choral performance I have ever heard in person."
Crystal LaPoint, composer


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