84th Annual Holiday Vespers


Event details

The 84th annual Holiday Vespers concert will take place on Sunday, December 7, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center of Kansas. This year’s event features the KU Symphonic Choir and the KU Symphony Orchestra. The Holiday Vespers concert will assume a new feel this year, led by newly appointed Director of Choirs, Paul Tucker. The focus of this year’s concert will be on establishing a link to Vespers programs from the past, harking back to the traditions from when Vespers took place at Hoch Auditorium. Tucker has created a dynamic program that will speak to those who have returned year after year to experience the Vespers tradition. This year’s fast-paced presentation will feature a variety-packed program highlighting the mood of the holiday season. One new feature of this year’s concert will be a slide presentation that will include various nostalgic images, such as pictures of Hoch Auditorium, where Holiday Vespers took place from its inception until 1991, winter beauty shots of KU’s campus, and images of the choirs and orchestra. This presentation will be set to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” performed by the KU Symphony Orchestra, directed by David Neely. Additional pieces from this year’s Holiday Vespers will include: “Molly on the Shore” by Percy Grainger, performed by the KU Saxophone Quartet I; “Umoja (Unity),” a traditional Kwanza song, performed by the Oread Brass Quintet; “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (arr. David Maddux), performed by student soloists and the KU Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Dr. Tucker; “Petersborough Sleigh Ride” by Richard Eilenberg, performed by the KU Symphonic Choirs with James Lee conducting; an excerpt from “Winter” from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, performed by KU faculty member Tami Lee Hughes on violin; a sing-along holiday medley with video presentation, and much more. Shows at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm$12.50 adults / $10 students & seniorsCall 864-2787 for tickets


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