The Welcome Christmas Concert is this week's University Vespers.
“Savior of the Nations, Come” is the theme of this year’s Welcome Christmas Choral Concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at the Howard Performing Arts Center. This annual concert features the Andrews University Singers, conducted by Stephen Zork. Louis M. DeShantz, a prolific and published composer from Berrien County, will be the evening’s featured guest.
“The centerpiece of the garland of endearing carols we will perform is the resplendent Gloria from the Messe di Gloria by Giacomo Puccini,” says Zork. The repertoire of carols will also include Christmas Dinner arranged by Stephen Zork, What Child is This? arranged by Donald McCullough, Wexford Carol arranged by Milburn Price, A Boy Was Born by Benjamin Britten, and the English carol Ding Dong! Merrily On High arranged by David Willcocks, a popular 16th century French tune. The Andrews University Singers will be performing two choral compositions by special guest Louis M. DeShantz, Winds Through the Olive Trees and Dear Lord and Father of Mankind.
This concert is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first served. An offering will be collected.