LAWRENCE– A favorite KU holiday tradition, the 94th Annual Holiday Vespers will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 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 “Gloria,” “Ave Maria,” and “O Holy Night,” along with contemporary pieces, including Dan Forrest’s “See Amid the Winter’s Snow,” John Rutter’s “What Sweeter Music,” and the Nigerian carol “Betelehemu.” The KU Symphony Orchestra will also perform Antonín Dvořák’s “Slavonic Dance No. 8,” Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty,” Hector Berlioz’s “Hungarian March,” Johann Strauss’ “Radetzky March” and George Bizet’s “Les Toréadors” from “Carmen” Suite No. 1.
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 1:30 p.m. concert will feature the Lawrence Free State High School Chamber Choir, conducted by Hilary Morton, and both Pre-Vespers performances will have organ soloists and a holiday sing-along with organ improvisation.
The free Vespers-on-the-Road concert on Friday, Nov. 30 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 Nov. 30 performance for those who wish to turn in unused tickets for redistribution. Any returned tickets will immediately be made available.
For more information on Vespers, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit music.ku.edu.