Merry Christmas! Tonight it’s the “St. Olaf’s Christmas Special” on the “Evening Concert”

December 25, 2016
 

Tonight at 7:00 on FM 90.9 we pre-empt the “Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center” and “Gilmore International Keyboard Festival” for “The St. Olaf Christmas Special”. The program includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections featuring the more than 500 student musicians of St. Olaf. College.

Sunday December 25: Holiday Program

(preempt Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

The St. Olaf Christmas Special

This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

St. Olaf Orchestra conducted by Steven Amundsen

St. Olaf Choir conducted by Anton Armstrong

Cantorei conducted by James Bobb

Chapel Choir and Viking Chorus conducted by Mark Stover

Manitou Singers conducted by Therese Hibbard

 

Program:

Steven Amundson: The Gift  – Orchestra (SA)

Carolyn Jennings: Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain – Massed Choir & Orchestra (TH)

[Narration – Pastor Matthew Marohl]

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

Swedish Folk Tune, arr. John Ferguson: Prepare the Royal Highway – Massed Choir & Orchestra (SA)

Felix Mendelssohn: And Then Shall Your Light Break Forth (from Elijah) – Massed Choir & Orchestra (JB)

Herbert Howells: A Spotless Rose – St. Olaf Choir (AA)

Paul Gibson: Noel, Noel, Noel – Viking Chorus with Julia Porter, English Horn (MS)

Southern Harmony, arr. John Ferguson: The Hills Are Bare at Bethlehem – St. Olaf Cantorei

with Noah Livingston, flute

Kenneth Jennings: O Little Town of Bethlehem – Manitou Singers (TH)

Craig Courtney: Let There Be Light – Chapel Choir (MS)

Attr. John F. Wade, arr. John Ferguson: O Come, All Ye Faithful – Massed Choir & Orchestra (JB)

[Reading – Pastors Matthew Marohl & Katherine Fick]

Attr. John F. Wade, arr. John Ferguson: O Come, All Ye Faithful  – Massed Choir & Orchestra (JB)

[ID BREAK – Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica Celestis (excerpt) – Orchestra (SA)]

Donald Fraser: This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol) – Massed Choir & Orchestra (TH)

Philip Biedenbender: In My Arms – Viking Chorus with Nathan Cleaveland, piano (MS)

Cary Ratcliff: Let Every Heart – St. Olaf Cantorei (JB)

Huron Carol, arr. Timothy C. Takach: “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime – Chapel Choir with Madeleine Folkerts, French Horn (MS)

Stephen Smith: If You Would Hear the Angels Sing – Manitou Singers & St. Olaf Strings (TH)

Kim André Arnesen: His Light In Us – St. Olaf Choir with Garrett Bond, piano (AA)

African American Spiritual, arr. André J. Thomas: Shout for Joy! – St Olaf Choir with Garrett Bond,

piano and Devon Steve, tambourine (AA)

Mack Willberg: Light Dawns on a Weary World – Massed Choirs & Orchestra (AA)

Georges Bizet: Farandole (from L’Arlesienne, Suite No. 2) – St. Olaf Orchestra (SA)

Various:  Carols from Scandinavia – All Choirs, Orchestra, all conductors

O Yule Full of Gladness (arr. Carolyn Jennings)

When Christmas Morn is Dawning (arr. Morton Luvaas)

Guiding Star Carol (arr. Olaf C. Christiansen)

Nu är det Jul igen (arr. Steven Amundson)

The Bells of Christmas (arr. Carolyn Jennings)

Thy Little Ones, Dear Lord (arr. Kenneth Jennings)

English Melody, arr. Steven Amundson: Joy to the World – Massed Choirs & Orchestra (SA)

Christoph E.F. Weyse, arr. F. Melius Christiansen: O Day Full of Grace – Massed Choir (MS)

[Narration – Pastor Katherine Fick]

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres (Hodie) – Massed Choir & Orchestra (AA)

Rowland H. Prichard, arr. John Ferguson: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling – Massed Choir & Orchestra (SA)

[Narration – Pastor Matthew Marohl]

Egil Hovland: Stay With Us (Captive and Free)  – Massed Choir & Orchestra (MS)

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


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