October 21, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., October 21, 2015 — Fans of Christmas traditions will want to mark two upcoming dates on their calendars. Tickets for Drury’s annual Christmas Vespers choral concert will become available in two weeks, beginning Monday, November 2. Due to high demand in recent years, there will again be two Vespers performances this year at 3 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 6 in Stone Chapel.
Tickets will be available via the Drury website at www.drury.edu/music. They are free of charge; however there is a limit of four tickets per order. Tickets must be ordered online and cannot be reserved by phone. Tickets tend to go quickly, so please order early. Guests will be able to pick up their tickets at Stone Chapel one hour prior to the performance.
In-town guests are encouraged to attend the 7 p.m. performance, and out-of-town guests, such as parents of Drury students, are encouraged to attend the 3 p.m. performance. Vespers is a celebration of classic carols such as “Silent Night” and “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” and has taken place at Drury for more than 60 years.
Video highlights from the 2014 Vespers performance can be viewed online. For more information regarding the event, please call the Drury Music Department at (417) 873-7296.
November 26, 2012
Drury University will celebrate its annual Christmas Vespers series on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. in Stone Chapel. The service features both traditional and contemporary Christmas music with readings and music illuminating the texts from Nine Lessons and Carols.
Dr. Sorenson conducting a past Vespers concert
Not only is this holiday tradition a delight for the audience, but this year also marks Music Department Chair and Conductor Allin Sorenson’s 25th anniversary with Drury. Since being hired in1988, Sorenson has conducted over 100 concerts and taught well over a thousand students. “I don’t know where the time went,” said Sorenson. “It’s been a wonderful place to work, primarily because of the great students and faculty. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.”
Sorenson came to Drury in 1988 as the Director of Choral Activities. He still holds that title as well as department chair. For a quarter century, Vespers has been a part of Sorenson’s life and that reality may not sink in until Sunday’s performance.
“I suspect it will hit me during Silent Night. It’s always an emotional moment for me when I’m conducting and the choir surrounds the audience with candles. It’s my favorite moment,” Sorenson said.
Vespers will be performed by:
- Drury Singers and Chamber Choir, directed by Allin Sorenson
- Drury Concert Choir, directed by Mark Lawley
- Stanton Strings
- Earline Moulder on the organ
- Brass Quintet, directed by Tijuana Julian
- Sungsil Kim, piano
- Angel McGlasson, oboe
The Christmas Vespers concert is a very popular attraction, and audiences are advised to arrive early for a seat. Admission is free and the performance is open to the public. For additional information contact the Drury Music Department at 417-873-7291.
Story by Amber Perdue, a senior advertising and public relations major at Drury.