Letters to the Editor

Vespers message

December 11, 2009


To the editor:

The KU Vespers program at the Lied Center last Sunday was beautiful and thoughtful. A treat it was to listen to the orchestra and the choral groups perform a variety of holiday music different from the usual seasonal fare!

A letter appeared in the Journal-World on Dec. 8 suggesting that Vespers was used to make a political statement. I believe the writer missed the point. The music and visual images reminded us of our common humanity and the need for peace on earth with goodwill toward men, a most appropriate message, especially for this holiday season.


Kookamooka 8 years, 4 months ago

I would have liked to have read a review of this performance since I couldn't make it.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 4 months ago

Saw the headline & thought this was about those charming little Italian motor scooters. Never mind....

Kirk Larson 8 years, 4 months ago

A message of common humanity and peace in a world where an elite few make billions off of war IS a political message. They killed Jesus for it.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 4 months ago

No, Vespers is a religious observation and has nothing to do with politics. Vespers is part of the Liturgy of Hours, the evening reading when we give thanks for the day, acknowledge what we have done wrong, and vow to remedy and do better the next day. I associate it with the old days, the bringing in of cows from the field, chickens put in the coop, and the days work done. Everyone could relax and look forward to a couple of hours of quiet family time with the wood in the stove and the fireplace snapping and popping. That was my childhood. Hard to believe it ever happened isn't it?

MyName 8 years, 4 months ago

Except that it's turned into more of a holiday celebration since no one at the University is going to be on campus during christmas (or Kwanza or any other holiday).

The University is a community, and a fairly diverse one at that. If you want to include something that people in the community can enjoy, it's hard to make the case that you're being political in the way that the person writing the editorial meant (politically correct, just for appearance sake).

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