Previous Artistic Directors
Robert Cowles, 1996-2015
Selected List of Recent Repertoire
Bach, Johann Michael Halt, was du hast; Sei, lieber Tag, willkommen
Recent Past Concerts
Back by popular demand, SVE is at its versatile best singing great vocal jazz. Get a jump on summer and feel the beat! One performance only. Not included in season subscription. Jeff Welcher conducts.
Help us usher in spring with music conducted by the always-energetic Peppie Calvar. This is your chance to chase away the winter blues and make way for a new season. Featured works include Morten Lauridsen's Les Chansons des Roses, Eric Whitacre's Animal Crackers, John Corigiano's Fern Hill, and others.
Revel in the beauty of the season as we sing stirring holiday music set to timeless texts. Our traditional pie reception completes the celebration! One performance only. Ryan Endris conducts.
Rejoice is the theme as SVE sings works by Purcell, Westra, Franck, and Benjamin Britten. Thrill to the playing of Brian Glikes, the 2015 winner of the Arthur Poister Competition in Organ Playing. Joseph Downing conducts.
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
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
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
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 performance by members of the Mosaic Collective: Dance Theater of Syracuse, Paul Robeson Performing Arts Co., Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, and Syracuse Community Choir.
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.
Concert features The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass by Carol Barnett, with Joe Davoli, fiddle; Nick Piccininni, banjo; Perry Cleveland, mandolin; John Cadley, guitar; Zachary Fleitz, bass; Maureen Henesey, vocal soloist.
Also including choral arrangements from Appalachian roots, Syracuse Country/Contra Dancers, and instrumental bluegrass classics.
An hour of choral vocal jazz and solo standards, featuring ensemble singers and pianist Jerry Exline, directed by Jeff Welcher. Free will offering to benefit Syracuse Vocal Ensemble's 40th anniversary season.
The ensemble intends to refute the myth that modern choral music is neither likeable nor listenable! SVE will present fresh and sophisticated choral gems by living U.S. composers whose works showcase the power and beauty of new choral music. Notable composers include Abbie Betinis, Morten Lauridsen, Ben Moore, Eric Whitacre and more.
Our Christmas Pie concert will explore the ways that composers from the Renaissance to the present day have imbued their music with the mystical elements of the Christmas Story. Come hear wonderful choral works, join in carol singing, and enjoy our traditional pie reception following the concert.
Our opening concert is devoted to two influential innovators of the 17th century early Baroque. Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi departed from Renaissance polyphony to a "new practice," in which words and emotion played an increasingly important role. Following suit, Heinrich Schütz laid the cornerstone for early Baroque choral musical art in Germany. SVE will present various secular works by Monteverdi and Schütz's sublime requiem, Musikalische Exequien.
Cantata 22 by J.S. Bach with chamber orchestra; the premiere of Michael Dellaira's Nobody, a choral/oboe work using four interwoven texts by Emily Dickinson, featuring Anna Petersen Stearns, oboe; and other works.
Meet composer Michael Dellaira at a reception following the concert.
Music related to the English Carol tradition.
South African arrangements, works by William Billings, Karelian Destiny by Veljo Tormis, and African American spirituals. Concert features Biboti Oikahilo African Drum and Dance Troupe and Shen Dai Wei, violinist, and more.
Enough of all this serious choral music! SVE concludes the 2010-11 concert season with a ridiculous mix of choral hilarity. It is safe to promise that much laughter will be had on this night of utter foolishness, as SVE performs works from Mikhail Glinka to PDQ Bach, and much more. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this one!
SVE once again joins the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra as part of its illustrious Stained Glass series at Most Holy Rosary Church. SVE will perform works by Antonio Vivaldi, Claudio Monteverdi, and Antonio Lotti. Guest conductor Ron Spigelman and Bob Cowles will both conduct SVE on this program, which will feature SSO oboist Anna Petersen Stearns.
Our second program of the season also showcases local instrumental talent as Kenneth Meyer, classical guitar, Ursula Kwasnicka, harp, and Anthony Calebrese, marimba, join the ensemble for a lovely assortment of Christmas works for chorus and guitar. The group will present traditional as well as more recently composed music for the season. As always, the Christmas Pie performance will be immediately followed by a sumptuous reception boasting a wide assortment of delicious pies.
"Experience first, then intellectualize." Composer and music educator Carl Orff may have said this in reference to his philosophy of music education, but the statement applies well to his best-known composition Carmina Burana, the emotional impact of which is deep and lasting. Beloved by audiences far and wide (and having long been cannibalized for use in TV commercials and movie trailers), this at times explosive work, a collection of medieval poems that alternate themes of love, humor, drink, and general bawdiness, is a fitting centerpiece for SVE's first concert of the 2010-11 season. The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale joins SVE for this performance which will feature soprano Janet Brown, tenor Jonathan Howell, baritone Christòpheren Nomura, the piano duo Steven and Amy Heyman, and five area percussionists. This promises to be a memorable event for all!
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