Holiday Specials

St. Olaf Christmas Festival

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

program

St. Olaf Orchestra conducted by Steven Amundsen (SA)
St. Olaf Choir conducted by Anton Armstrong (AA)
Cantorei conducted by James Bobb (JB)
Chapel Choir and Viking Chorus conducted by Christopher Aspaas (CA)
Manitou Singers conducted by Sigrid Johnson (SJ)
Narrator: Pastor Matthew Marohl

Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica Celestis (Excerpt) – St. Olaf Orchestra (SA)

Felix Mendelssohn: Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains (from Elijah) – Women of the Massed Choirs (SJ)
Carolyn Jennings: Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain – Massed Choirs and St. Olaf Orchestra (SJ)

[Reading: Pastor Matthew Marohl]

Swedish Folk Tune, (arr. John Ferguson): Prepare the Royal Highway (World Premiere) – Massed Choirs, Audience and St. Olaf Orchestra (SA)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Antiphon (Five Mystical Songs) – Massed Choir and St. Olaf Orchestra (CA)
Johann G. Ebeling, (arr. Christopher Aspaas): This Night (World Premiere) – Viking Chorus, Jared Miller, piano (CA)
Kenneth Jennings: Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913 – St. Olaf Choir, Charles Gray, viola (AA)
Kim Andre Arneson: Cradle Hymn (US Premiere) – Manitou Singers & St. Olaf Orchestra (SJ)
Franklin L. Sheppard, (arr. John Ferguson): This is My Father's World (World Premiere) – Massed Choirs, Audience and St. Olaf Orchestra (JB)

[Reading: Pastor Matthew Marohl]

Franklin L. Sheppard, (arr. John Ferguson): This is My Father's World (World Premiere) – Massed Choirs, Audience and St. Olaf Orchestra (JB)
Russell Schulz-Widmar, (orch. Robert Scholz): Midnight Clear – Cantorei (JB)
Felix Mendelssohn, (arr. Steven Landau): Hark! – Chapel Choir (CA)
African-American Spiritual, (arr. Michael Huff): Go Tell It on the Mountain – Massed Choirs, Audience and St. Olaf Orchestra (SA)

[BREAK - Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica Celestis (Excerpt) – St. Olaf Orchestra (SA)]

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus est – Cantorei (JB)
Johann A.P. Schultz, (arr. Christopher Aspaas): Your Little Ones, Dear Lord (World Premiere) – Chapel Choir (CA)
Gryorgy Orban: Gloria – Manitou singer, Matthew Harikian, piano (SJ)
Old French Air, (arr. Carolyn Jennings): Bring a Torch – St. Olaf Choir (AA)
Jean Berger: Glory be to God – St. Olaf Choir (AA)
Via Olatunji, (arr. Wendell Whalum): Betelehemu – Viking Chorus (CA)
Trad. English, (arr. Mack Wilberg): I Saw Three Ships – Massed Choirs and St. Olaf Orchestra (JB)
Trad., (arr. Hershy Kay): Pat-a-Pan – St. Olaf Orchestra (SA)
Various, (arr. Bradley Ellingboe): Carols from Eve 'til Morn (World Premiere) – Massed Choirs
Danish Trad., (arr. G. Winston Cassler): Bright and Glorious is the Sky – Massed Choirs, Audience and St. Olaf Orchestra (SA)

[Reading: Pastor Matthew Marohl]

Trad., (arr. F. Melius Christiansen): Praise to the Lord – Massed Choirs (AA)
Benjamin Britten: The Spirit of the Lord (The World of the Spirit) – Massed Choirs and St. Olaf Orchestra (AA)
Trad., (arr. John Rutter): All Creatures of Our God and King – Massed Choirs, Audience and St. Olaf Orchestra (SA)
Paul O. Manz: E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come – Massed Choirs (SJ)
Silesian Folk Tune, (arr. F. Melius Christiansen): Beautiful Savior – Massed Choirs (AA)

host

Alison Young

producer

Valerie Kahler

length

1:59:00 in three segments. There will be one floating internal 1-minute break.

ContentDepot File Transfer

Uploaded to ContentDepot on December 17, 2013

broadcast rights

Affiliate stations may carry this program two times before January 6, 2014. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

program website

http://americanpublicmedia.publicradio.org/classical/holidays/

on-air promos

Available in ContentDepot on December 12, 2013