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Christmas Vespers at Smith College, Sunday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene

An annual tradition at Smith, the Christmas Vespers tells the story of advent through hymns and other anthems, prayers, and scripture readings, and is a time when Smith College and the surrounding community come together in the spirit of the holiday season. The services will be led by Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters with readings by members of the Smith faculty, staff and senior class. The music portion of the program will feature the Smith Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. Traditional hymns and carols will also be sung by the choirs and congregation. Jonathan Hirsh, Grant Moss and Joseph Baldwin will direct the choral and instrumental groups. A free-will donation will be collected for the Hampshire County Interfaith Cot Shelter Program. The programs are free of charge and open to the general public.