Posted by Kimberly Powell on 12/24/2018

Oklahoma City University


Christmas Vespers

Christmas Vespers, now in its 40th season, is presented each year at Oklahoma City University.  Over 250 University singers and instrumentalists gather to offer the service designed to acknowledge the Advent season.  A collage of music, much of it from the great choral composers of this century and centuries past also includes songs and carols from many traditions; each of these works prefaced by a reading of scripture or poetry.  Offered in two services at First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, the first given on Friday, December 7th at 7:30pm and the second presented on Saturday, December 8th at 4pm,  both performances featured four University choirs, organist Melissa Plamann, guest narrator Bill Weger, the OCU Vespers Orchestra, and conductors Randi von Ellefson, Tony Gonzalez and Jeffrey Grogan, each service concluding in candlelight.  This season, settings of the English and German carols "There is no rose" and "Lo’ how a rose e’er blooming," provide inspiration for the title of the service; A Rose is Blooming.

Following this year's service broadcast, Performance Oklahoma will offer a retrospective encore selection of works featured in Christmas Vespers broadcasts over the years, in honor of the concert's 40th anniversary year.  

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