KU School of Music’s Vespers, Jazz Vespers programs to return

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Musical Jayhawks of the University of Kansas School of Music will bring back two annual traditions next week with the Vespers and Jazz Vespers programs.

This year’s 98th Vespers program, set for Sunday, will feature a mix of a cappella songs, instrumental numbers and works that combine choir with orchestra, according to a news release from the school.

Here’s the Vespers lineup, according to the release:

“Repertoire includes classics like ‘Ding, Dong Merrily on High!’ in a great arrangement by Ryan Murphy, and ‘Gloria’ (first movement) by John Rutter.

“Musicians will also perform ‘Thixo Onothando,’ a wonderful South African song of praise arranged by Michael Barrett; ‘Estrellita de Belén,’ a folk-inspired new song by Ariel Quintana; ‘Kujichagulia’ (Self Determination, one of the principles of Kwanzaa), composed by the up-and coming Zanaida Robles; ‘El Yvneh Hagalil,’ a traditional Hebrew folk song arranged by Peter Sozio; and the spiritual ‘Music Down in my Soul,’ arranged by Moses Hogan.

“The program will also include the festive ‘Walz Les patineurs,’ written by Émile Waldteufe; ‘Slavonic Dance 8’ by Antonín Dvořák; and even a number from the opera ‘La traviatta’ by Giuseppe Verdi.”

The Jazz Vespers, set for Thursday, “will once again feature performances of holiday favorites in a jazz and pop setting,” according to the release.

“This year’s edition of Jazz Vespers will feature 2022 DownBeat Award winners KU Jazz Ensemble I, and a newly reassembled version of the KU Jazz Singers, along with featured guest artists Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison, vocalists/arrangers,” according to the release.

The Vespers program is set for a matinee at 2:30 p.m. and a second show at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Jazz Vespers will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. All performances are at the Lied Center.

The events are free to attend, but tickets are required. Get tickets in person at the Lied Center box office, 1600 Stewart Drive in Lawrence.

More information is available at lied.ku.edu or by calling 785-864-2787.

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