Posted: November 19, 2008
Mount Holyoke's annual Christmas Vespers will be held Sunday, December 7, at 4 and 7:30 pm in Abbey Chapel. Performing will be the Mount Holyoke Glee Club, Chamber Singers, and Chorale, directed by Kimberly Dunn Adams; the Vocal Jazz and Chamber Jazz Ensembles, directed by Mark Gionfriddo; the Orchestra, directed by Eric Benjamin; and the English Handbell Choirs, led by students Sarah Mauro '10 and Alisa Silver '11. College Organist Larry Schipull is also featured.
In addition to the familiar congregational carols and the much-beloved candlelight Gregorian chant processional, the concert will celebrate the warmth of the winter season. The musical selections range from festive to contemplative, and represent a variety of traditional carols, sacred motets, jazz standards, and contemporary compositions. Featured composers include Gabriel Fauré, Giuseppe Verdi, Sergei Rachmaninoff, David Willcocks, and Tarik O'Regan.
Vespers at Mount Holyoke dates back to the late 1800s and has long held a place of great importance and popularity in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.
There is no admission charge for this concert, but seating in Abbey Chapel is limited. Doors open 35 minutes prior to each performance. Abbey Chapel is wheelchair accessible.
Vespers will also be performed Friday, December 5, at New York City's St. Bartholomew's Church.