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Upcoming Concerts

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

The upcoming season will be announced soon. Check back for details.


Past Concerts

A Pacific Rim Tour

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

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

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


Christmas Pie with a Latin American Flair

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

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


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


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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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