Holiday Happenings 2019: Vespers, stage shows and more festive performances on tap

photo by: Mike Yoder

The KU Symphony Orchestra and KU Choirs perform "There Shall a Star from Jacob" during the annual KU School of Music Holiday Vespers Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6, 2015, at the Lied Center.

This holiday season will feature plenty of musical performances in Lawrence — from local favorites like the University of Kansas’ Holiday Vespers to a live stage show based on a classic Christmas special.

Here’s a selection of the shows coming up this season:

Romero Lubambo concert

7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive

Guitarist Romero Lubambo will bring his Brazilian-influenced jazz style to KU’s Lied Center next week.

Lubambo has recorded with artists such as Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Luciana Souza and Harry Belafonte, according to the Lied Center’s website.

Tickets are $19 for students and $35 for adults and can be purchased at the Lied Center ticket office, online at or by calling 864-2787.

Holiday Vespers

2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive

For more than 90 years, the University of Kansas orchestra and choirs have spread holiday cheer with their annual Holiday Vespers concert.

The performance is free to KU students, faculty and staff with ID. For other concertgoers, tickets are $13.50 for adults and $11 for seniors and youth.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”

7 p.m. Dec. 11, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive

Rudolph and other characters from the classic animated Christmas special will come to life on the Lied Center stage in this musical performance.

Tickets are $35 to $50 for adults and $19 to $26 for students.

Haygoods Christmas Extravaganza

7 p.m. Dec. 13, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive

The Haygoods, a family of six Branson, Mo., musicians, have been a Christmas staple in the Ozarks for decades, according to the Lied Center’s website. The Haygoods’ website says their shows include more than 20 instruments and a variety of special effects.

Tickets start at $35.

Ashley Davis annual winter solstice concert

7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive

Lawrence native and internationally touring Celtic musician Ashley Davis will return this year to play a selection of Christmas songs and other winter favorites.

Dublin harpist Cormac De Barra will be joining Davis on stage, as will guitarist Patrick Doocey, who hails from County Mayo in Ireland, and Colin Farrell, a member of the Celtic music group Lúnasa.

Tickets are $25.

Big Band Christmas 2019

8 p.m. Dec. 14, Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

For the 11th year, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra will visit Liberty Hall for Kansas Public Radio’s annual holiday concert.

A variety of seating options are available. Reserved seats can be purchased on the floor, either as a table of 10 ($300), a table of 4 ($120) or individual seats ($30 each). Seating in the balcony is general admission and runs $20 a ticket.

Tickets are available at the Liberty Hall box office or Tickets will also be available the night of the concert. The Liberty Hall ticket office is cash only.

Organ Vespers

4 p.m. Dec. 22, First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St.

Lawrence concert organist Tandy Reussner will give her 23rd annual Organ Vespers concert on the last Sunday afternoon before Christmas.

This year’s show will feature the Medical Men’s Chorus of Lawrence and other local musicians.

The event is free, though a goodwill offering will be taken for local charities. Plan to arrive early to get a seat.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated who would be performing at the Organ Vespers concert.


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