The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a concert performance that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations.
Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival which takes place at the college in Northfield, Minn. includes hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
This year's festival features the St. Olaf Choir, the St. Olaf Orchestra, the St. Olaf Cantorei, the St. Olaf Chapel Choir, the Manitou Singers and the Viking Chorus, performing as individual groups and as a massed ensemble.
To download video and audio of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival, visit the college's Download Center.
Mathew Peterson: Dawn: Redeeming, Radiant
Edward Elgar: Prologue from The Apostles
Traditional/John Ferguson (arr.): Prepare the Royal Highway
Felix Mendelssohn: How Lovely Are the Messengers from St. Paul
Traditional/Shireen Abu-Khader (arr.): Greek Orthodox Chant
Jacob Narverud: Lunar Lullaby
Jean Berger: Alleluia
Z. Randall Stroope: There is no Rose
Traditional/Michael Engelhardt (arr.): Pie Cantiones
C. Hubert H. Parry/Edward Elgar and John Ferguson (arr.): O Day of Peace
Traditional/Robert Scholz (arr.): Angels We Have Heard on High
Malcolm V. Edwards: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Traditional/Barlow Bradford (arr.): Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
Kim Andre Arnesen: I Will Light Candles This Christmas
Traditional/Andre J. Thomas (arr.): Go Where I Send Thee
Michael Olatunji/Wendell Whalum and Barrington Brooks (arr.): Betelehemu
John Rutter: Movement I from Gloria
Steven Amundsen: Rejoice!
Gloria Shayne/Simeone, Waring and Ferguson (arr.): Do You Hear What I Hear?
Traditional/John Ferguson (arr.): O How Beautiful the Sky
Traditional/John Ferguson (arr.): Angels We Have Heard on High
James Murray/John Ferguson (arr.): Away in a Manger
Traditional/John Ferguson (arr.): Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine
Daniel Kantor/Franz Gruber: Night of Silence/Silent Night
Philipp Nicolai/F. Melius Christiansen (arr.): Wake, Awake
Leonard Bernstein: Movement I from Chichester Psalms
Paul Manz: E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come
Traditional/F. Melius Christiansen (arr.): Beautiful Savior
For more information, consult the full concert program.
Audio produced in cooperation with Minnesota Public Radio and sponsored in part by Tad and Cindy Piper.
Video produced through the generosity and support of St. Olaf's sponsors:
The Tomson Family Foundation
The Mark and Laura Johnson Family
David and Cynthia Hill