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Celebrating the Season with ‘Horns and Harmonies’ at Hendricks Chapel

A spectacular blend of holiday cheer and musical artistry took center stage at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel during the annual ‘Horns and Harmonies’ concert on Sunday, December 17th. This event featured the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble (SUBE) and the Spirit of Syracuse (SOS) Chorus.

A festive program of songs, carols, and instrumental classics filled the historic chapel with vibrant melodies and heartwarming harmonies. Led by artistic director James T. Spencer, along with co-directors Sky Harris ’06, G’08, and Alicia Caron, the evening showcased the exceptional talents of both musical groups. Harmonic Collective, a men’s a cappella chorus founded by Harris, and pianist Jon Bergman, joined the magical blend of brass and four-part a cappella harmonies.

The spirit of giving resonated throughout the event as audience members were invited to contribute food and personal care items for the Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry. Additionally, 50 stuffed hippos set the scene for “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” and will be donated to the Elmcrest Children’s Center.

Dean Brian Konkol of Hendricks Chapel expressed, “Music is a gift of the holiday season. The Syracuse University Brass Ensemble and the Spirit of Syracuse Chorus help connect campus and community, truly bringing much-needed joy to our world.”

For over 35 years, the SUBE, comprising approximately 35 brass and percussion musicians, has enriched audiences with about 20 annual performances, showcasing a diverse repertoire across various musical periods. Their accolades include winning first place twice in the North American Brass Band Association’s Open Division.

The SOS Chorus, established in 1957, has been a fixture of barbershop harmony for over six decades. Their recent ranking as the 21st best Sweet Adelines International chorus worldwide (out of over 600 choruses) highlights their excellence and commitment to the art form.

The ‘Horns and Harmonies’ concert, a testament to musical brilliance and holiday spirit, continues to be a cherished celebration at Syracuse University, bridging the campus and the community through the power of music.

Kat is a seasoned anchor/producer at WAER in Syracuse, NY, delivering local news content and hosting NPR's "All Things Considered." With a diverse career including roles in traffic reporting, law enforcement, and media instruction, Kat's adaptability stems from her military upbringing. Beyond her media career, she and her husband manage a small farm in Oswego County, reflecting her rich background and lifelong learning mentality, making her a valuable asset at Syracuse University.