Vespers on SDPB to Feature 'Song of Luke' Dec. 24

Event Details

Date: December 23 - December 24, 2010

Times: The performance will be broadcast on December 24 at 9:30 p.m. and December 25 at 9:00 a.m.

Location: South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Just in case you were unable to attend Christmas Vespers: Song of Luke, you will have one more chance to witness the magic of the Christmas story. The performance will be broadcast on Christmas Eve at 9:30 p.m. and Christmas Day at 9:00 a.m. on South Dakota Public Broadcasting channels throughout the region.

Learn more about the Vespers production, which includes 25 songs, featuring four solos, four dancers and a cameo by Consiglio, who performs the role of the narrator.

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Produced by: South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Run time: One hour


In honor of the Augustana Sesquicentennial, Christmas Vespers services will be held on campus for the first time in decades. The musical worship services, which first began in 1938, will be held Dec. 3-4 in the Chapel of Reconciliation.

“Vespers this year is going to be incredibly exciting because it’s going to be held at home, on campus,” said Dr. Ivan Fuller, chair of Augustana’s Performing and Visual Arts Department. “The Augustana Choir, faculty and members of the South Dakota Symphony will be performing a cantata by Cyprian Consiglio called ‘The Song of Luke.’ It’s going to be a musical worship service – very intimate; very beautiful; something we’ll all cherish.”

“To be able to perform on campus, in honor of Christmas, during our Sesquicentennial year – it will be amazing. Our music this year is really going to be the ultimate celebration of the joy of Christmas and the wonder and excitement that is Augustana,” said Dr. James Johnson, professor of Music and director of choirs at Augustana.

In addition to Vespers, the orchestra and four student choirs will be performing in a new Christmas Celebration at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, Dec. 5, and the Augustana Band, Brass Choir and College Community Band will perform at the Christmas Extravaganza at the Washington Pavilion on Thursday, Dec. 9.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at or by phone at 605.274.5320.



Kelly Sprecher