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KU Choirs and KU Symphony Orchestra present Annual Holiday Vespers concerts

Monday, November 23, 2015

LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas School of Music proudly presents the 91st Annual Holiday Vespers concerts and Pre-Holiday Vespers on Dec. 6, 2015 and Vespers on the Road on Dec. 4, 2015.

The Pre-Holiday Vespers will take place at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 in Bales Organ Recital Hall. The concerts will last approximately 30 minutes. The Pre-Holiday Vespers concerts are free and open to the public. The program will include a student brass quintet, a violin solo, the Chamber Singers directed by Paul Tucker, seasonal organ music, and an audience carol sing.

The 91st Annual Holiday Vespers concerts will take place at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at the Lied Center of Kansas. Tickets are $13.50 for adults and $11 for children, seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the Lied Center Ticket Office, by phone at 785-864-2787 or online at lied.ku.edu. The 7:30 p.m. performance will also be available via live stream by visiting http://livestream.com/liedcenter/vespers2015.

Vespers on the Road will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 in the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. Admission is free, but tickets are required for the on-the-road performance. Call 913-469-4445 to reserve tickets. This performance is sponsored by Reach Out Kansas, Inc.

The Vespers performances will feature the Choirs, conducted by Paul Tucker, director of choral activities, and Mariana Farah, associate director of choral activities, and the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Neely, director of orchestral activities.

The program includes Overture to Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck; Magnificat by J. S. Bach; Adagio from Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in Eb by Louis Spohr, featuring Stephanie Zelnick, clarinet; Verbum caro factum est by Hans Leo Hassler; Vespers Medley, arr. by Paul Tucker; Ose Shalom by John Leavitt; There Shall a Star from Jacob by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; Petersburg Sleigh Ride by Richard Eilenberg; Ave Maria by Franz Biebl; Betelehemu by Wendell Whalum; and I’ll Be Home for Christmas, arranged by Paul Tucker.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit music.ku.edu.  

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