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Malmgren Concert Series

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Hendricks Chapel
Phone: 315.443.2901

About Malmgren Concert Series
The Ester Drake and John Vincent Malmgren Concert Series was made possible by a generous gift from Syracuse University alumna Ester Malmgren to Hendricks Chapel in 1991.  The series offers the Syracuse community the highest quality of arts at no cost.  The series typically includes three-to-four concerts each year at Hendricks Chapel, many of which feature the organ, Ester Malmgren’s favorite instrument.

2016-17 Season:


Jihye Choi
Friday, October 7, 2016
8 p.m.

A native of South Korea, organist Jihye Choi was the second prize-winner in the 2016 Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition. A virtuosic musician, Ms. Choi has also won first prizes in the Young San Organ Competition in South Korea, and the Strader Organ Competition, which offered her a full scholarship to study organ at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Il Giardino d’Amore - Baroque Chamber Ensemble
Saturday, October 22, 2016
8 PM

Hailed as playing with “electrifying energy and passion,” Il Giardino d’Amore delights audiences around the world with their programs of Baroque music performed on period instruments. This young group from Poland led by violinist Stefan Plewniak has a growing discography and an enthusiastic following in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Their program, titled “The Orient Express: Venice, Istanbul, Mumbai—A journey through time” will include works by Vivaldi, Mielczewski, Fux, and others.

Presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.



Katelyn Emerson - Rising Star

Sunday, February 5, 2017
4 p.m.

Organist Katelyn Emerson has received top prizes in several international organ competitions in Russia, France and the United States. Most recently, she received first prize in the prestigious National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) at the 2016 American Guild of Organists convention in Houston. She also took second prize in the 2015 Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition. Ms. Emerson was selected as one of The Diapason magazine’s inaugural “20 under 30” class of 2015, a group of young organists and sacred musicians showing “super accomplishments… and innovative thinking.”


Michel Bouvard - Concert Organist
Sunday, March 5, 2017
4 p.m.

Recognized as an authoritative performer of French repertoire, organist Michel Bouvard has given more than 1,000 concerts in more than 25 countries. In addition to a busy performing schedule, Mr. Bouvard holds the prestigious position of professor of organ at the Paris Conservatory in France. Mr. Bouvard also presides over important historic instruments as titular organist of the Basilique Saint-Sernin in Toulouse, and one of the
organists for the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles.

Eighth Blackbird - Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Saturday, April 29, 2017
8 p.m.

Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird has been hailed as “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). This Chicago-based group of “super-musicians” (Los Angeles Times) combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band, and the audacity of a storefront theater company. Eighth Blackbird’s program will include new works by Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Ted Hearne, and Timo Andres.