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'Holidays at Hendricks' heralds the season Dec. 4

November 28, 2011

Kelly Homan Rodoski
(315) 443-3784

“Holidays at Hendricks,” the annual Syracuse University holiday concert featuring the Hendricks Chapel Choir, Syracuse University Brass Ensemble (SUBE), Hendricks Chapel Handbell Ringers, Syracuse University Organist Kola Owolabi and Kenneth Meyer, guitarist and Setnor School of Music faculty member, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, in Hendricks Chapel.

hendricksThe concert will begin in the chapel at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item; items collected will be donated to those in need in the greater Syracuse community.

Public parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Quad 1 lot (accessible via Crouse Drive), the Quad 3 lot (accessible via Sims Drive, with entrance between Bowne Hall and Carnegie Library), Q4 lot (accessible via College Place), Waverly lot (accessible via Crouse Avenue) and in the Irving Garage.

For the fifth year through a unique collaboration between SU and WCNY, the 90-minute concert will be broadcast in late December by WCNY on both television and radio.

Broadcast times on television and radio are Thursday, Dec. 22, at 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day), at 6 p.m. WCNY-TV is found on Channel 24 or Time Warner Channel 11, digital cable channels 850 and 853 and simulcast in SD 24.1 and HD 24.4. WCNY-FM (CLASSIC-FM) is found at 91.3 in Syracuse, 89.5 in Utica and 90.9 in Watertown.
DVDs of the 2010 performance/broadcast will be available at the SU Bookstore in the Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center.

During the concert, the three groups will perform both individually and in combination. The Chapel Choir will be directed by John Warren, the SUBE by James Spencer and the handbell ringers by Emily B. Cirillo. Owolabi and Meyer will provide accompaniment.

The Hendricks Chapel Choir will perform traditional carols, including “Gloria” by John Rutter for brass, organ and choir, and selections by Bach, Gabrieli, Tchaikovsky, Venezuelan composer César Carrillo and Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.

The SU Brass Ensemble will perform Gabrieli’s “Canzon a 12,” the Nutcracker Suite, “Christmas Joy” and “Sleigh Ride.”

The concert will close with the traditional candle lighting and singing of “Silent Night.”

The Hendricks Chapel Choir is a select, voice-mixed choir of about 40 students that provides music for the Sunday morning interdenominational Protestant service at SU, as well as for various campus events. The choir presents annual holiday and spring concerts, and tours internationally every four years.

The SUBE, part of SU’s College of Arts and Sciences, is composed of members of the SU faculty, staff and students, the SUNY Upstate Medical University faculty and staff, and accomplished musicians from surrounding communities. The SUBE presents about 18 performances per year. The ensemble’s repertoire includes music from all major musical periods and often features new compositions commissioned by nationally known composers.

The Hendricks Chapel Handbell Ringers ensemble is a group of students, faculty and staff from the SU community. The ensemble rings five octaves of Schulmerich handbells and four octaves of Schulmerich MelodyChimes. The Handbell Ringers perform at the Protestant Worship Services in the chapel throughout the academic year, as well as at other churches and venues throughout Central New York.

For more information on the concert, contact Hendricks Chapel at 443-2901.

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