This December 8 at 8 pm, students from Mount Holyoke College will perform in the seventy-fifth Christmas Vespers Concert in New York City. A beloved holiday tradition for students and alumnae alike, the Vespers concert first came to New York City in 1920 and 1921, when singers from the College performed at the Aeolian Hall to help raise money for the college's endowment. In the years since, thousands of students have traveled to New York City to perform for alumnae, families, and music lovers from around the city. Today, the concert is held in alternating years at Saint Bartholomew's Church and attracts more than 800 audience members.
This year's Vespers concert will also honor playwright Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006), who graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1971. Members of the original production of her play Uncommon Women and Others will act as honorary event chairs.
"We are so pleased to honor Wendy at this year's Vespers concert," said Jennifer Durst '95, president of the Mount Holyoke Club of New York City. "Wendy loved Mount Holyoke, and it seems fitting to honor her memory during one of our club's most cherished events. Alumnae love to hear the same beautiful music they remember from their college days, and introduce their families to Mount Holyoke through a wonderful holiday tradition."
The Mount Holyoke Club of New York City helps organize the Vespers concert each time it travels to New York City. Proceeds from the concert are used primarily to fund scholarships for Mount Holyoke students from New York City.
This year's concert features the Mount Holyoke College Glee Club, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers; the Symphony Orchestra; Vocal Jazz; and English Handbells. In addition to varying compositions chosen each year, the Vespers concert traditionally begins with a candlelight chant processional, and includes familiar holiday carols for the audience to join in singing.
General admission to the concert is $40. All are welcome to attend.