The university choirs are performing their annual Christmas Vespers on Dec. 12 and 13 in a new location.
The Vespers concert will be at First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City, 1001 Northwest 25 St.
The concert traditionally is performed three times in the sanctuary of the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on campus, but this year there will be two performances at the new location.
“In order to accommodate all of the people who want to come, we have moved Vespers,” said Judith Willoughby, professor of conducting and choral music education. “We are able to fit in that church at least three times as many people and also shrink the number of Vespers performances to two.”
Students performing in Vespers look forward to having one less showing due to final exams the following week.
Selena Gillam, vocal performance junior, said that the new schedule reduces the number of performances the choirs must sing.
“It’s a lot less stressful on us since its right before finals week,” Gilliam said.
Use of the space is the result of a connection between the university and the church.
University Organist John Edwards also serves as the church’s organist. Edwards previously has worked with the Vespers concert as an organist as well.
The performances are at 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 4 p.m. Dec. 13. The concert includes seasonal music, poetry, and scripture readings performed by more than 250 music students. Tickets for the concert are $15.