Celebrating its 39th season, a Christmas Vespers is presented each year at Oklahoma City University. Just under 300 University singers and instrumentalists gather to offer the service designed to acknowledge the Advent season. Offered in two services, the first given on Friday, December 8th at 7:30pm and the second presented on Saturday, December 9th at 4pm, at First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, both performances featured four University choirs, organist Melissa Plamann, guest narrator Susan Barber, the university’s former provost, the OCU Vespers Orchestra, and conductors Randi von Ellefson, Tony Gonzalez and Jeffrey Grogan each service opening and concluding in candlelight. This season the selections from the Jubilate Deo, a setting of Psalm 100 by Dan Forrest provide both the title of the service and form with movements chosen for one of three parts of the service, the prelude, meditation and finale.
This program airs Saturday, December 23rd, 8pm on Classical 88.7 HD-1.