The KU School of Music’s 93rd Annual Vespers concerts will be a multicultural celebration of the season with two concerts on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Lied Center of Kansas. The first will be at 2:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m.
This year’s Vespers concerts will feature Randol Alan Bass’ The Night Before Christmas performed by the KU Symphony Orchestra and narrated by KU Provost Neeli Bendapudi. The Symphony Orchestra also will perform works from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion, featuring soloist Hannah Collins, assistant professor of cello. KU Choirs will perform seasonal works including Silent Night, I Saw Three Ships, There is No Rose , the Hebrew song Ose Shalom, Harambee from the Kwanza tradition, an audience sing-along medley of holiday favorites and Gloria from Misa Criolla by Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez, featuring soloist Genaro Mendez, associate professor of voice. KU Choirs will be conducted by Paul Tucker, director of choral activities, and Mariana Farah, associate director of choral activities. The KU Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Raffaele Cipriano, a doctoral student in conducting.
Tickets are $13.50 for adults and $11 for children, seniors and students. At the 2:30 p.m. concert, children are admitted for free and families are invited to come early to enjoy a holiday-themed photo booth. KU faculty, students and staff with ID will get in free at the 7:30 p.m. performance. For tickets, contact the Lied Center Ticket Office at 785-864-2787 or online at lied.ku.edu.
Prior to the Dec. 3 concerts, two free, 30-minute Pre-Vespers concerts will be held at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Lied Center’s Bales Organ Recital Hall. The pre-vespers performances traditionally feature choral, organ and brass music.
KU Choirs and Symphony Orchestra will travel to Johnson County Community College for Vespers on the Road on Friday, Dec. 1 for a concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Carlsen Center’s Yardley Hall. Vespers on the Road is made possible by the generous support of Reach Out Kansas, Inc. Vespers on the Road is sold-out this year.