The St. Olaf Christmas Special on the “Evening Concert”

December 21, 2015
 

Tonight at 7:00 on the Evening Concert on WILL-FM 90.9 we present a holiday special: the 2015 St. Olaf Christmas Festival from Northfield, Minnesota. Steven Amundsen conducts the than 500 student musicians from five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra in a program of hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity.

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 Mark Stover (MS), Manitou Singers conducted by Therees Hibbard (TH).  Alison Young, host          

Program:

Daniel Kallman:  Messiah, Prince of Peace – Orchestra (SA)

Calvin Hampton, arr. John Ferguson: Unexpected and Mysterious – Massed Choir & Orch. (TH)

[Narration – Pastor Matthew Marohl]

Alberto Taulé, arr. James E. Bobb: All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la Tierra) – Massed Choir & Orchestra (JB)

Thomas Haweis, adapt. Samuel Webbe, arr. John Ferguson: Hark, the Glad Sound – Massed Choir &  Orchestra (JB)

Francis Poulenc: Gloria (Movement I) – Massed Choir & Orchestra (MS)

Edward Elgar: The Snow – Manitou Singers (TH)

Philip Biedenbender: And You Will Sleep – St. Olaf Choir (AA)

Jean Langlais, orch. James E. Bobb: Gloria (from Missa Solemnis) – Cantorei and Orchestra (JB)

Michael Cox: O Holy Child – Viking Chorus (MS)

Michael Englehardt: Gaudete! – St. Olaf Chapel Choir & Instrumentalists (MS)

Richard S. Willis, arr. Charles Forsberg: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear v. 1 & 2  – Massed Choir & Orchestra (SA)

[Reading: Pastors Matthew Marohl & Katherine Fick]

Richard S. Willis, arr. Charles Forsberg: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear v. 3 & 4  – Massed Choir & Orchestra (SA)

Basque Noel, arr. Sir David Willcocks: Sing Lullaby – Cantorei (JB)

Dan Forrest: The Hands That First Held Mary’s Child – Viking Chorus (MS)

Huron Carol, arr. Christopher Aspaas: In Excelsis Gloria (‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime) – Manitou Singers & Instrumentalists (TH)

Nancy Grundahl: Love Came Down at Christmas – Chapel Choir & Intrumentalist (MS)

Kenneth Jennings: O Little Town of Bethlehem – St. Olaf Choir (AA)

Trad. Spiritual, arr. André Thomas: Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow – St. Olaf Choir (AA)

Peter Warlock: Tyrley Tyrlow (from Three Carols) – Massed Choir & Orchestra (TH)

Steven Amundson: Joyous Noel – Orchestra & Handbell Choir (SA)

Johann Schulz, arr. Charles Forsberg: Your Little Ones, Dear Lord – Massed Choirs & Orchestra (SA)

Various, arr. Carolyn Jennings:  Carol Collage – All Choirs, all conductors

      Go Tell It On The Mountan (Trad. Spiritual)          La Jornada (Trad. Venezuelan)

      La Marche Les Rois (Trad. Provencal)                      O Laufet, Ihr Hirten (Trad. Silesian)

      Ordet Na är Vordet Kött (Trad. Swedish)

F. Melius Christiansen: Glorification (from Celestial Spring) – Massed Choir (AA)

[Narration – Pastor Matthew Marohl]

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Dona Nobis Pacem – Massed Choir & Orchestra (AA)

Felix Mendelssohn, arr. John Ferguson: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Massed Choir & Orchestra (SA)

[Narration – Pastor Matthew Marohl]

Philip Bliss, arr. Yu-Shan Tsai, orch. Charles Forsberg: It Is Well With My Soul – Massed Choir & Orchestra (MS)

Traditional Silesian, arr. F. Melius Christiansen:  Beautiful Savior – Massed Choir (AA)

Michael Praetorius, arr. Robert Scholz:  Lo, How a Rose – Massed Choir & Orchestra (JF)

 

The program booklet can also be viewed as a pdf file here: http://wp.stolaf.edu/christmasfest/files/2015/11/2015_christmas_festival.pdf


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