The KU School of Music is pleased to ring in the holidays with the annual Holiday Vespers concert at the Lied Center, as well as an outreach Vespers concert in Overland Park.
The 86th annual Holiday Vespers concert, "Winter Everywhere," will take place at the Lied Center of Kansas on Sunday, December 5, 2010, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Lied Center Box Office, 785-864-2787, and are $12.50/general admission and $10/students and senior citizens. Pre-concert organ recitals, including a performance by Lawrence 5, a student brass quintet, will take place at Bales Organ Recital Hall on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1:30pm and at 6:30pm and are free to the public.
This year's Holiday Vespers program will feature a diverse array of songs, including familiar seasonal pieces interspersed with some lesser-known works. A highlight of this year's program includes dances from the Nutcracker Suite, choreographed by Jerel Hilding, associate professor of dance, and performed by members of the University Dance Company and the KU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Neely, Director of Orchestral Activities. The program also will feature French and Russian choral literature as well as the world premiere of "Winter Prayer," a work composed by Forrest Pierce, assistant professor of music composition. Additional works include an audience sing-a-long, a choral and symphony performance of "It's Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas," and a performance of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" by the KU Symphony Orchestra. Margaret Marco, KU associate professor of oboe, will be a featured soloist, performing the Concerto in A Major for oboe d'amore, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach, along with the KU Symphony Orchestra.
Attendees to this year's Holiday Vespers at the Lied Center can take advantage of a new dinner/ticket package coordinated with the Oread Hotel. Patrons will be able to park at the Lied Center, take a bus to the Oread for a holiday dinner with Dean Robert Walzel, and return on the bus to the Lied Center in time for the concert. The cost for senior citizens and students is $43.00 per person and the cost for adults is $45.50 per person. This ticket package is available for both the 2:30pm and 7:30pm Vespers concerts on December 5. For more information, please contact Dina Pannabecker Evans at 785-864-4446.
The School of Music will offer an outreach Vespers concert for the second year in a row. KU Vespers--On the Road will take place at Johnson County Community College, Carlsen Center on Saturday, December 4, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free to the public, but tickets are required. To obtain a ticket, call the Carlsen Center Box Office between the hours of 10am-5pm M-F, at 913-469-4445. The program for Vespers-On the Road will be the same as for the Lawrence Holiday Vespers concerts. This outreach holiday concert is sponsored by Reach Out Kansas, Inc.
Click here to view video of the 2009 Holiday Vespers!
For more information about these KU holiday Vespers events, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. www.music.ku.edu