Christmas Vespers 2020, "Sing Darkness to Light," marks the 80th anniversary of this sacred service of music and word by the TLU Choirs and TLU instrumentalists. The pandemic has impacted the performing arts in a profound way, making live performances difficult and dangerous. Indeed, singing is one of the most dangerous activities during the coronavirus; but the TLU students have been dedicated to rehearsing and making music in a new normal. All vocal/wind/brass students rehearse in 30-minute blocks with no more than 9 students in the rehearsal at a time with a one hour vacancy before and after each rehearsal. All singing and playing is done masked and at a distance. Making music in this environment is difficult, but the students and faculty meet the challenge with commitment and passion.
This virtual Christmas Vespers will use some clips from Christmas Vespers 2019 in addition to performances recorded this semester during the coronavirus. You will see a stark difference between where our world was almost a year ago and today. No recording can take the place of a live performance; but, we hope that it will bring a bit of peace and light into your world.
A link to view the performance virtually on TLU's YouTube channel will be available on Friday, December 4.