Reaches Worldwide Audience
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 .
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 —accessible from anywhere in the world.