Evening Concert

2021 “St. Olaf Christmas Festival”


Wednesday, December 22: Carnegie Hall Live (CHL 21-12) St. Olaf Christmas Festival

APM’s distribution of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a chance for listeners across the country and around the world to participate in one of the nation’s most treasured holiday celebrations. Programming includes sacred choral and instrumental music from many traditions: beloved hymns, classical masterworks, folk songs from around the world, and African-American spirituals.  Valerie Kahler, host

“Love Divine”

St. Olaf Orchestra conducted by Steven Amundsen, St. Olaf Choir conducted by Mark Stover, Cantorei conducted by James Bobb, Chapel Choir and Viking Chorus conducted by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Manitou Singers conducted by Therees Hibbard

Edward Elgar: Nimrod (Enigma Variations) – Orchestra (SA)

DIVINUM MYSTERIUM arr. Christopher Aspaas: In a Deep, Unbounded Darkness – Massed Choir & Orchestra (JB)

Besançon Carol Tune, arr. Philip R. Dietterich, orch. James Bobb: Carol of the Advent - Massed Choir & Orchestra (TH)

[Narration – Pastor Matthew Marohl]

Cyril V. Taylor, arr. John Ferguson, adapt. Jeffrey O’Donnell: God is Love - Massed Choir & Orchestra with Katie Gunn, organ (SA)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Hallelujah (Christ on the Mount of Olives) – Massed Choir & Orchestra (TH)

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Bogoroditse Dévo (All-Night Vigil) – St. Olaf Choir (MS)

Michael Praetorious, arr. Archibald T. Davidson: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming – Viking Chorus (TW)

Ramón Diaz, arr. Juan Tony Guzmán: Llega la Navidad! – Cantorei with Megan Hoffhines, guiro & Sarah Uttormark, congas (JB)

Steven Amundson: Holy Child – Manitou Singers & Orchestra (TH)

Franz Gruber, arr. Stephen Paulus, orch. Matthew Culloton: Silent Night – Chapel Choir & Orchestra (TW)

Dave Brubeck: God’s Love Made Visible  - Massed Choirs &            Orchestra (JB)

[Reading – Pastors Matthew Marohl & Katherine Fick]

14th-cen. German, arr. Robert Scholz: Good Christian Friends, Rejoice - Massed Choirs & Orchestra (SA)

Rosephanye Powell: Christus Natus Est – Massed Choirs & Orchestra (TW)

African-American Spiritual, arr. Rollo Dilworth: Go, Tell It on the Mountain - Manitou Singers with Elsa Buck, piano (TH)

Richard Lloyd: Love Came Down at Christmas: Cantorei (JB)

Trad. English, arr. Marques L.A. Garrett: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – Viking Chorus with Sophia Kushner, piano (TW)

Mitchell B. Southall: In Silent Night - St. Olaf Choir (MS)

Jester Hairston: Mary’s Little Boy Chile - St. Olaf Choir with vocalists Sophie Vogel, Cees Postema, Peter Hoffman; Kyle Dacon, piano; Grayson Broesh, bass; Eugene Sandel Jr, percussion (MS)

Jeffrey L. Ames: Gloria Fanfare – Chapel Choir & Orchestra w Oliver Steissberg, piano (TW)

John Rutter: Past Three A Clock - Massed Choirs & Orchestra (JB)

Steven Amundson: Angels’ Dance - St. Olaf Orchestra (SA)

Carols for Choirs, arr. John Ferguson – All choirs, all conductors

Cameroon Trad: He Came Down That We May Have Love

F. Seguin: Love Has Come

English Traditional: On Christmas Night

Alberto Taulé: Toda la tierra

Peter Knudson: Jeg er så glad

Franz Gruber: Stille Nacht

Trad. French, arr. Robert Scholz: Angels We Have Heard on High - Massed Choirs, Orchestra & Audience (SA)