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   Date: 12/8/11 Bookmark and Share

Vespers Reaches Worldwide Audience

It’s no secret that Smith's annual Christmas Vespers concert is a popular event. But the worldwide response to the first-ever online availability of this year’s Vespers, which took place Sunday, Dec. 4, thickly underscored the Smith community’s adoration of the event.

In addition to the full house in John M. Greene Hall for the 4 p.m. concert, hundreds more took in the event on their computers, many gathering together for mini-Vespers parties, judging from comments on Smith’s Facebook page.

Viewers signed on to watch Vespers live from five different continents, analytics show, including several in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and China, but even a few in Sudan, South Korea, Nigeria and Argentina. Across the United States, fans watched from New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and many from here in Northampton.

Vespers, which tells the story of Advent through hymns, prayers and readings, features performances by many Smith students and singing groups, including the Smith College Chorus, Glee Club and orchestra. The concert culminates in an always-inspiring performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Those who missed the concert may watch a replay online—accessible from anywhere in the world.

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