If you're not in the holiday mood by now, the annual Vespers concert can get you there.
Traditional carols and classical music, a Hebrew folk song and harps and handbells will be featured at the 73rd annual Holiday Vespers at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Lied Center.
Brian Priestman, director of orchestral activities, will conduct the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra, while Simon Carrington, KU director of choral activities, will direct most of the choral numbers, assisted by KU graduate students Jeffrey Carter, Rob Reid and Terri Teal.
A free concert of holiday organ music will precede each Vespers concert at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Bales Recital Hall. Also prior to each performance, holiday music will be performed in the Lied Center lobby and on its stage by the KU Percussion Ensemble, directed by George Boberg; the KU Trombone Choir, directed by David Vining; and the KU Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Christopher Moore.
The Vespers programs will open with the first movement of "Gloria," by Francis Poulenc, performed by the Combined Choirs and KU Symphony Orchestra. Other works on the programs include:
- "Christe qui lux es et dies," by Robert White, performed by Collegium Musicum and Oread Consort.
- "Plenty Good Room," a 1986 work by Kirby Shaw, performed by the KU Combined Choirs. Soloists include Katey Lohmann, Nick Probst, Joseph Campbell and Steve Timoner.
- "The First Noel," the traditional carol, arranged by David Willcocks, performed by the audience, choirs and orchestra.
- "Company of the Creche," by Daniel Pinkham, sung by the KU Women's Chorale and featuring Sheri Martin, Stephanie Nesseth and Carl Nelson, handbells; and Ashley Nelson, harp.
- "Angel's Dance," a 1995 work by Steven Amundson, played by the KU Symphony Orchestra.
- "Pastores, Cantate Domino," by Guillaume Bouzignac, performed by the KU Chamber Choir, featuring Lori Lewis as soprano soloist.
- "Deck the Halls," the traditional carol, arranged especially for the program by Geoffrey Wilcken and performed as a sing-along by the audience, choirs and orchestra.
- "Hiney Mah Tov," a Hebrew folk tune, arranged by Iris Levine, performed by the University Singers.
- "Sleigh Ride," by Leroy Anderson, played by the KU Symphony Orchestra.
- "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day," by John Gardner, featuring the KU Choirs and the string and percussion sections of the orchestra.
- "The Twelve Days of Christmas," the traditional song, arranged by Andrew Kazdin, performed by the KU Brass Sextet composed of Chris Moore and Steve Molloy, trumpets; Marian Hesse, horn; David Vining and David Blauer, trombones; and Travis Siehndel, tuba.
- "O Come All Ye Faithful," the traditional carol, arranged by Willcocks, performed by the audience, choirs and orchestra.
- "Sing Me to Heaven," a 1991 work by Daniel Gawthrop, performed by the KU choirs.
To close the concerts, the combined choirs will join the orchestra for "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," the traditional carol, arranged by John Rutter.