95th Annual Holiday Vespers

University of Kansas Choirs | Paul Tucker, Conductor; Mariana Farah, Conductor


University of Kansas Vespers Festival Orchestra | Carolyn Watson, Conductor

Dec. 8, 2019
2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. | Lied Center of Kansas

ON THE ROAD: Dec. 6, 2019
7:30 p.m. | Yardley Hall, Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College


KU School of Music celebrates the season with 95th Annual Vespers

LAWRENCE – A favorite KU holiday tradition, the 95th Annual Holiday Vespers will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 with concerts at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center of Kansas.

Featuring KU Choirs, conducted by Paul Tucker and Mariana Farah, and the KU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carolyn Watson, Vespers will include seasonal favorites, classical works and an audience holiday sing-along.

Tickets are $13.50 for adults and $11 for seniors, youth and students. The 7:30 p.m. performance is free to all KU faculty, staff and students with one free ticket per KU ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Lied Center Ticket Office, by phone at 785-864-2787 or online at lied.ku.edu.

This year’s Holiday Vespers will feature holiday chorale classics such as “And the Glory of the Lord,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” along with John Leavitt’s work based on a Jewish prayer for peace —“Ose Shalom,” and Sarah Quartel’s “This Endris Night.” The KU Symphony Orchestra will perform Johann Strauss II’s “Tritsch-Tratsch Polka,” Johannes Brahms’ energetic “Hungarian Dance No. 5,” and other unexpected favorites.

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 prior to the Dec. 2 Vespers concerts. The Pre-Vespers performances will have organ soloists and a holiday sing-along with organ improvisation.

The free Vespers-on-the-Road concert on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College is sold out. A ticket exchange window will be opened at the box office an hour before the Dec. 6 performance for those who wish to turn in unused tickets for redistribution. Any returned tickets will immediately be made available.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Lane
KU School of Music



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