Baker University Christman Candlelight Vespers moving to Rice Auditorium
Baker University’s Department of Music will celebrate the 82nd annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers with performances at 4 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, at Rice Auditorium, 404 Eighth St. Traditionally held at Baldwin First United Methodist Church, Vespers was relocated because of the program’s growth and a greater demand for seats
“Baker University values the longstanding partnership with First United Methodist Church, and we will continue to bring the Christmas spirit alive at Rice Auditorium,” Baker President Pat Long said. “The new location will provide double the seating and enable more people to savor one of Baker’s most cherished traditions.”
The program will include performances by the Baker Concert Choir, Baker Chamber Choir, Baker Orchestra, Baker Percussion Ensemble, Baker Brass Ensemble, Baker Speech Choir, Little Big Band Jazz Ensemble, Buel A. Hill Quartet, University Community Choir and Children’s Choir.
Matthew Potterton, the Vespers director, will conduct the choruses. Other conductors and directors are the following: Lori McKinney, orchestra; Steve Riley, percussion ensemble; Ray James, jazz ensemble; Erinn Renyer, Buel A. Hill quartet; Susan Redding Emel, Speech Choir. Nanette Kraus will serve as the accompanist.