Kansas University's Vespers tradition continues Dec. 9, with performances at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Lied Center. Although the matinee is sold out, tickets are still available for the 7:30 p.m. concert.
Vespers brings together KU's choral groups and Symphony Orchestra for a concert that includes the best of classic and contemporary seasonal music. Audience participation is part of the tradition.
As people enter the hall, the Kansas Brass Quintet and the KU Tuba/Euphonium Consort will perform holiday music from the stage, while the KU Saxophone Quartet will serenade concert-goers in the foyer.
The program will begin with "Domine ad Adiuvandum" from Claudio Monteverdi's "Vespers of the Blessed Virgin," performed by the KU Combined Choirs and Orchestra, conducted by James Daugherty.
Brian Priestman then will direct the Symphony Orchestra in the classic "March from The Nutcracker Suite," by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
"S'Vivon," an arrangement of "The Chanukah Dreidel Song," will be sung by the Women of the KU Choirs, conducted by Christopher Gilliam.
Other program highlights include "Gloria in excelsis Deo" from "Christmas Cantata" by Daniel Pinkham, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," the "Hallelujah Chorus" from George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" and the carol "Angels We Have Heard on High," sung by the KU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dan Gailey.
The concert concludes with the audience joining in for the carol "O Come, All Ye Faithful," and "Farandole" from "L'Arlesienne" by Georges Bizetthe, performed by the KU Combined Choirs and Symphony Orchestra.
The Sixth Annual Pre-Vespers Organ Concerts, presented by organist Tandy Reussner, will be at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in Bales Organ Recital Hall (adjacent to the Lied Center). The 45-minute programs are free and open to the public. Because there is limited seating for the organ concerts, guests should plan to arrive early.
The organ program includes the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah"; Johann Sebastian Bach's chorale prelude "Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme" with trumpeter Rachel Stephens playing the chorale melody; a transcription of the popular song "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas"; "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson; and "Variations on 'Adeste Fidelis'" by Marcel Dupre, performed with members of the Plymouth Ringers.