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Happy Holidays from Drury University

Drury will have two Vespers services in December

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 15, 2013 — Drury’s annual Christmas Vespers will feature two performances this year on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Tickets will be required for the event; however, they are free of charge and can be reserved online by filling out the ticket request form.  Once the request has been processed, tickets will be mailed to the address listed.  Tickets cannot be picked up at the door.

The Vespers Christmas service will feature a candlelight ceremony and music from both the Drury Singers and Concert Choir.  Dr. Allin Sorenson, the director of Drury Singers, said, “I’m excited that this has grown to the point where we require two services to accommodate everyone. We’ve had to turn people away in the past—it’s one of the most popular events in town.”  Sorenson encourages local residents to attend the later concert because many out-of-town guests will need to attend the earlier service.

Video highlights from the 2012 Vespers performance can be viewed here.

For questions regarding the event, email vespers@drury.edu or call Nancy Johnston, (417) 873-7296.

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Two Drury traditions: Christmas Vespers and Allin Sorenson

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.

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Story by Amber Perdue, a senior advertising and public relations major at Drury.

Drury’s Christmas Vespers is Sunday, Dec. 4

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 28, 2011 — The annual Drury University Christmas Vespers service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in Stone Chapel. The service includes both traditional and contemporary Christmas music, punctuated by the reading of The Christmas Story by Drury faculty members Natalie Wlodarczyk, Roger Young and Drury Chaplain Peter Browning.

Music will be performed by:

  • Drury Singers and Chamber Choir, directed by Allin Sorenson
  • Drury Concert Choir, directed by Mark Lawley
  • Drury Brass Quintet, directed by Tijuana Julian
  • Stanton Strings
  • Nancy Dygart on the harp
  • Earline Moulder on the organ

Drury's Christmas Vespers in Stone Chapel

Christmas Vespers is very popular. It is suggested that people arrive early because the chapel tends to fill up quickly. Following the performance there will be a reception, sponsored by the Drury Alumni and Development Office and the Drury Music Department, in the chapel lounge.

Admission is free. For additional information contact the Music Department at (417) 873-7291.

Contact:
Dr. Allin Sorenson
Music Department Chair
Office: (417) 873-7296
E-mail: asorenson@drury.edu

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