Syracuse Community Choir's Winter Solstice Concert


The Syracuse Community Choir has been singing about peace for nearly 30 years. This year their Winter Solstice Concert, Transformation, not only marks the onset of the darkest days of the calendar but brings messages of hopefulness and inclusion at a much needed time for CNY community and communities around the country.

The annual Winter Solstice Concert celebrates leaders and community members with a Syracuse Peace Award bringing together adults, youth, and a mosaic of people from Syracuse to create transforming music experience.

The choir’s passion for community is unique in that it also includes a program and repertoire of peace and justice activities for its children’s choir. The choir also provides support for singers of different levels and persons with disabilities.

"It is one of the things that make us unique and precious. There is nothing like our choir anywhere,” says Mihalyi.

This year, selections include arrangements of “Sweet Honey from the Rock,” “Todo Cambia,” The Beatles and an original song by the late local choir member Mayer Shevin. The concert is directed under the direction of Karen Mihalyi and Danan Tsan.

The Syracuse Peace Award honors the work of Ginny Donohue and Sam Rowser from On Point for College and will be presented during the event.

“Ginny and Sam are examples of ordinary citizens who have transformed thousands of lives in our city because they cared and acted," said Syracuse Community Choir director, Karen Mihalyi. "How lucky we are to have them in our midst.”

Tickets are on a sliding scale of $15-25, and allows patrons to pay less if needed. It is free for children and teens, making it a family affair for everyone.

Transformation is Friday December 19th, 2014 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral and is followed by a reception. Interpretation for the deaf will be provided by Maggie Russell. For more information about the Syracuse Community Choir, visit


Posted On: December 17, 2014
Listed As: Events in CNY