POWELL, Wyo. - The Northwest College Choir and Powell High School Concert Choir reprise their annual Vespers Concert Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Powell, located at 137 W. Second St.
Tim Schoessler will provide organ prelude music starting at 7 p.m. The choirs will present a musical meditation on the Christmas season under the direction of NWC Assistant Professor of Music Jan Kliewer and PHS Choir Director John Miller.
The concert provides an opportunity to hear the PHS Choir before its January opening night performance at the Wyoming All-state Music Convention in Laramie. Other highlights include the NWC Choir’s rendition of traditional carols in arrangements by NWC students.
The simplicity and drama of the candlelit concert has helped the annual vespers concert in Powell become an increasingly popular tradition since its inception in 1992. The word vespers comes from the Latin word for evening, according to Kliewer. Vespers concerts, featuring a repertoire of psalms set to music, were traditionally performed at twilight when lamps were first lit. Kliewer said modern vespers concerts are still associated with evening performances, but have broadened to include other sacred music.
Admission is free.