The annual Christmas Vespers service, hosted by Northwestern’s music department, is coming this weekend.
This year’s concert will be centered around the theme of Magnificat, a Latin term meaning “my soul magnifies,”and is Mary’s hymn of praise in response to the angel’s declaration that she would bear the son of God.
“Magnificat” by composer Imant Raminsch, will be performed by the A cappella Choir, and will be accompanied by associate professor of music Dr. Juyeon Kang on the piano. Several other Northwestern music ensembles will be performing, including the men of Heritage Singers, the Women’s Choir, the Chamber Orchestra and Brass Choir, and the Handbell Choir. Scripture readings will also be incorporated throughout the service.
Senior Amber Maloney is looking forward to the event.
“It’s my final year participating in Vespers, so in some ways it’s going to be sad, but I’m very excited,” Maloney said. “Some of the songs we’ve been preparing since the beginning of the semester, so we’re eager with anticipation.”
Senior Bob Latchaw has enjoyed preparing for the concert.
“I really like the songs by all the ensembles that are accompanied by the organ. It’s a really powerful sound that sets the tone for the evening,” Latchaw said.
Senior Anna Barlett described Vespers as reminding her of angels.
Maloney agreed with Bartlett’s feelings towards the concert.
“I love the spirit of Vespers: the decorated chapel. What a grand way to start the Christmas season,” Maloney said. “It brings out a unified spirit—the ensembles, the audience and the heavenly hosts.”
The Christmas Vespers Service will be directed by professor of music, Dr. Thomas Holm; lecturer in music, Glee Crippin; professor of music, Dr. Timothy McGarvey; and associate professor of music, Dr. Heather Josselyn-Cranson. It will be held in Christ Chapel.
The services are taking place 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 and 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4.