Contemporary Music will fill Hendricks Chapel Oct. 18

October 29, 2009

Contemporary Music Will Fill Hendricks Chapel Oct. 18

October 13, 2009

“Transparent Music,” sonic explorations of light by an ensemble of stringed instruments and energy chimes, will be performed on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. in Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel.

The concert, co-sponsored by Hendricks’ Malmgren Concert Series, the Society for New Music and the Syracuse Symposium, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Irving Garage.

The program will feature several recently composed works: “Dances in Chequered Shade” by Daniel Godfrey; “Blueshift” by Alex Freeman; “Silver Halo” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joe Schwantner; and “Brilliant Sky, Infinite Sky” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Kernis.

James Welsch, assistant professor in the Setnor School of Music in SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, will conduct the large ensemble of plucked and string instruments, flutes and energy chimes. Ensemble members include Alexander Hurd, baritone; the La Dolce Flute Quartet (Kelly Covert, Martha Grener, Dana DiGennaro and Jeanne Pizutto-Suave); Ronald L. Caravan, clarinet; Cristina Buciu, violin; Li Li, viola; David LeDoux, cello; Rob Bridge, percussion; and Adrienne Kim, piano.

The Malmgren Concert Series was made possible by a generous gift to Hendricks Chapel in 1991 from SU alumna Esther Malmgren. The series usually consists of three or four concerts a year, many of which feature the organ, Malmgren’s favorite instrument.

Founded in 1971, the Society for New Music acts as a catalyst for the continued growth of the Central New York musical community by commissioning new works; through advocacy; by featuring regional composers alongside guest composers; by providing regional musicians an opportunity to perform the music of their peers in order to gain new skills and techniques which they then share with their students; and by bringing new music to as broad an audience as possible, through performances, broadcasts and on the web.

Syracuse Symposium is an annual intellectual and artistic festival organized and presented for SU’s College of Arts and Sciences by the SU Humanities Center. This year’s festival explores the protean meaning of light, in all its senses and myriad of forms, through music, dance, the visual arts, philosophy, science and religion. The festival also attempts to bring new meaning to light through an array of lectures, performances, symposia and special events.