96th Annual KU Holiday Vespers Concert Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite”

The KU School of Music along with the Lied Center of Kansas, Reach Out Kansas, and Smithyman & Zakoura presents the 96th Annual Vespers Concert.

No stranger to adapting to challenging times, Vespers has transitioned through its inception with choir robes and wax candles to the war years when satin for new stoles was not available and plain cotton had to suffice, to battery operated candles for safety, and from Hoch Auditorium to the Lied Center of Kansas.

Now, we adapt again to present this annual tradition in a new way. Featuring the KU Jazz Ensemble I playing the Duke Ellington “Nutcracker Suite”, this performance, recorded prior to students leaving campus, will be streaming from the Lied Center of Kansas on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 6:00pm.

Join us online at 6pm CT: https://vimeo.com/478606515

Pre-Concert Talk with Dr. Sherrie Tucker: The Collaboration of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: https://youtu.be/YeT9qv2CshQ

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