Christmas Vespers tradition continues at Lake Erie College
Christmas Vespers – one of the oldest living traditions at Lake Erie College – will be presented on Sun., Dec. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in Morley Music Hall.
Weekly Sunday Vespers programs date back to the early 1900s at Lake Erie College, with the last Sunday event before the winter break being designated “Christmas Vespers.” The only surviving vespers program, it is presented annually with all the pageantry and almost all of the same elements it had nearly century ago.
The program showcases the College’s Music Department and will feature the Lake Erie College Community Chorus, under the direction of Paul Gothard, professor of music, and the Flute Choir, directed by Judith Elias. Soloists include flautist, Judith Elias; organist, Mark Bell, Ph.D., assistant professor of German and French, who will perform works on the newly-restored Carol Morris E. M. Skinner Organ; mezzo-soprano, Jean Priddy; and student pianists, Marie Giosi and Deborah Hoffman.
The program includes works by J. S. Bach, Norman Dello Joio, Ned Rorem, John Rutter, John Jacob Niles, David Peninger, Jan Sweelinck, Flor Peeters, Paul Manz and numerous old European folk carols. Compositions from the Baroque to the Modern period assure that the concert will appeal to a wide range of musical tastes.
The Christmas Vespers program is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 4 p.m. Reservations are not needed. For more information, call Paul Gothard at (440) 375-7030.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.