Enjoy the Soaring Sounds of Christmas with USM Vespers Concert

11/18/2013 12:00:00 AM

7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 | Annunciation Chapel 

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary will put you in the Christmas spirit with USM’s annual elegant and traditional Christmas Choral Vespers Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Annunciation Chapel on the university’s Leavenworth Campus, 4100 South 4th Street.

The Vespers Concert is free and open to the public.

The USM Christmas Vespers presentation is a tradition that dates back more than three decades. This year’s rendition will feature the USM Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. William Krusemark, chair of the fine arts department, and the Bells of Saint Mary Handbell Choir under the direction of USM Assistant Professor of Music Freda Proctor.

The principal work for the evening will be Mozart’s Litanies of the Blessed Virgin, performed in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated on Dec. 8.

An assortment of carol arrangements will follow, including modern settings by contemporary English composer John Rutter—The Donkey Carol, The Colors of Christmas, The Holly and The Ivy, and I Wish You Christmas.

USM Student soloists include Sarah DaMetz, of Lansing, Kan., Ashley Muldoon, of Bonner Springs, Kan., Emma Vavricek, of Basehor, Kan., and Katie Peterson, Amanda Jacobs, and Taylor Welch, all of Leavenworth, Kan.

A reception will follow the event. Contact Dr. Krusemark at krusemarkw@stmary.edu for more information.