DECATUR, Ill. – Millikin University welcomes the holiday season with its annual Vespers celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Performances will be held at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University’s campus.

     For more than 50 years Vespers (which means “evening prayer”) has signaled the beginning of the holiday season with a sumptuous evening of carols, choirs and candlelight. More than 250 musicians join together for this joyous musical feast presented annually on Millikin’s campus.

     Songs from past centuries combine with familiar carols and arrangements to create an evening of seasonal warmth for the whole family. Vespers is one of Millikin’s most popular events, and has become a beloved tradition on campus and within the Decatur (Ill.) community.

     “Each year, Vespers provides a wonderful opening for the holiday season,” said Dr. Brad Holmes, director of choral activities at Millikin and artistic director for Vespers. “Audiences will experience grandeur, wonder and joy in the 75-minute program.”

     Dr. Holmes has conducted the Vespers concert for over 25 years. Each year he adds new music to the traditional Christmas story told by the choir. “We explore the story in musical ways,” Dr. Holmes said. “It has different music every year.”

     Tickets for Vespers are $12-$16 for adults and $10 for seniors and children (K-12).

Parking Information for Vespers

     Due to expected high attendance, additional parking lots on Millikin University’s campus will be available for use.

     Limited parking spaces as well as valet parking will be available in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center lot on a first-come, first-serve basis. Buses can drop off attendees at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center circle drive but must exit towards the Griswold Physical Education Center to Oakland Avenue. Buses can park at the West Towne Square parking lot.

Vespers Ticket Information

     Tickets may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders.

     Events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.


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