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Hendricks Chapel Celebrates Black History Month with Concert, Guest Speakers
Black History Month will be celebrated through song at Hendricks Chapel’s weekly program, Music and Message, on Sunday, Feb. 9.
Guest speakers at the Black History Month commemoration will include Syeisha Byrd, director of engagement programs at Hendricks Chapel, and Paula Johnson, professor of law in the College of Law. Music students Elaina Palada and Jessica Montgomery will perform solos by African American composers. The program also includes performances by the Black Celestial Choral Ensemble, the Hendricks Chapel Choir, Setnor Sonority and Crouse Chorale.
Music and Message, which began in fall 2019, expands the national award-winning Dean’s Convocation into a weekly series that features musical performances and spoken reflection from diverse religious and spiritual perspectives. The program takes place each Sunday during the semester at 4 p.m. in the Main Chapel of Hendricks Chapel. Students will lead the majority of performances in collaboration with special musical guests from across campus, the community and the country.
“One of the things I love about this series is that it is grounded in a shared experience around music,” says Anne Laver, University organist and series organizer. “We look for ways to connect music to important themes with the aim of encouraging reflection.”
The series is free and open to the public. Future programs include a student songwriting showcase on Feb. 16, an installment of the Malmgren Concert Series featuring the Akropolis Reed Quintet on Feb. 23, music for dancing with Samba Laranja on March 1, and the highly acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble in residence for another Malmgren Concert Series event on March 8.
Students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts will conclude Forever Orange Week with a special celebration on March 29, when the series returns from a spring break hiatus. On April 5 and 12, students will lead programs centered around relaxation and renewal. The University’s Baroque Ensemble will perform on April 19, and the series will conclude with a concert led by the Syracuse Oratorio Society and the Hendricks Chapel Choir. For full details, visit the Hendricks Chapel website.
“We at Hendricks Chapel are eager and excited to continue this new and wonderful series,” says the Rev. Brian Konkol, dean of Hendricks Chapel. “Each week we seek to honor the unique perspectives of all while finding ways to create a common experience. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the University, and as we continue to grow our campus commitment to religious and spiritual programs and services, we look forward to building Music and Message as a signature event for inviting learners into the fullness of life.”
Parking for Music and Message is complimentary. Irving Garage and Hillside lots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Q1 lot will be designated for accessible parking. All are welcome to receptions featuring refreshments and hors d’oeuvres after every event.
Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) will be provided. For more information or to request accommodations, contact Hendricks Chapel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315.443.2901.