Northwestern College to present Christmas Vespers

The Northwestern College music department will present its annual Christmas Vespers concerts Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s concerts will center around the theme of light, as it is revealed in Christ and shared by those who follow him. The A cappella Choir, Women’s Choir, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and organist MaryLou Wielenga will perform a variety of reflective and festive musical works. Soloists will include students DJ Nibbelink and Isaac Cook. The program will feature select pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff, John Rutter, Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen, and contemporary choral composers Michael John Trotta and René Clausen, among others.

The audience will also be invited to sing many traditional carols. Dr. John Vonder Bruegge, dean of arts and humanities, and Dr. Jennifer Feenstra, professor of psychology, will share several Scripture readings exploring the event’s theme.