Concert Program

Concert Program 2017-08-11T09:29:06+00:00

Light Dawns, Hope Blooms

First held in 1912, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States. It features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Participating ensembles include:

  • The St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Anton Armstrong ’78
  • Viking Chorus, conducted by Mark Stover ’01
  • Chapel Choir, conducted by Mark Stover ’01
  • Cantorei, conducted by James E. Bobb
  • Manitou Singers, conducted by Therees Tkach Hibbard
  • The St. Olaf Orchestra, conducted by Steven Amundson

Each group performs individually and as part of a mass ensemble.

The Gift
Steven Amundson
The St. Olaf Orchestra

Climb To the Top of the Highest Mountain
Carolyn Jennings
Massed Choirs and The St. Olaf Orchestra

All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la tierra)
Alberto Taulé, arr. James E. Bobb
Massed Choirs and The St. Olaf Orchestra

Processional Hymn: Prepare the Royal Highway
Swedish Folk Tune, arr. John Ferguson
Massed Choirs, Audience and The St. Olaf Orchestra

And Then Shall Your Light Break Forth (Elijah)
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Massed Choirs and The St. Olaf Orchestra

A Spotless Rose
Herbert Howells
The St. Olaf Choir

Noel, Noel, Noel
Paul Gibson
Viking Chorus

The Hills Are Bare at Bethlehem (Premiere Performance)
Southern Harmony, arr. John Ferguson
St. Olaf Cantorei

O Little Town of Bethlehem
Kenneth Jennings
Manitou Singers

Let There Be Light
Craig Courtney
Chapel Choir

O Come, All Ye Faithful
attr. John F. Wade, arr. John Ferguson
Massed Choirs, Audience and The St. Olaf Orchestra

This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol)
Donald Fraser
Massed Choirs and The St. Olaf Orchestra

In My Arms (Premiere Performance)
Philip Biedenbender
Viking Chorus

Let Every Heart
Cary Ratcliff
St. Olaf Cantorei

‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
Huron Carol, arr. Timothy C. Takach
Chapel Choir

If You Would Hear the Angels Sing
Stephen Smith
Manitou Singers

His Light In Us (Premiere Performance)
Kim André Arnesen
The St. Olaf Choir

Shout for Joy! (Premiere Performance)
African American Spiritual, arr. André J. Thomas
The St. Olaf Choir

Light Dawns on a Weary World (World Premiere)
Mack Wilberg
Massed Choirs and The St. Olaf Orchestra

Farandole (L’Arlésienne, Suite No. 2)
Georges Bizet
The St. Olaf Orchestra

Carols from Scandinavia
compiled Steven Amundson

  • O Yule Full of Gladness
    arr. Carolyn Jennings
    Viking Chorus
  • When Christmas Morn is Dawning
    arr. Morton Luvaas
    St. Olaf Cantorei
  • Guiding Star Carol
    arr. Olaf C. Christiansen
    Chapel Choir
  • Nu är det Jul igen
    arr. Steven Amundson
    The St. Olaf Orchestra
  • The Bells of Christmas
    arr. Carolyn Jennings
    Manitou Singers
  • Thy Little Ones, Dear Lord
    arr. Kenneth Jennings
    The St. Olaf Choir

Joy To the World
English Melody, arr. Steven Amundson
Massed Choirs, Audience and The St. Olaf Orchestra

O Day Full of Grace
Christoph E. F. Weyse, arr. F. Melius Christiansen
Massed Choirs

Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres (Hodie)
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Massed Choirs and The St. Olaf Orchestra

Recessional Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Rowland H. Prichard, arr. John Ferguson
Massed Choirs, Audience, and The St. Olaf Orchestra

Stay With Us (Captive and Free)
Egil Hovland
Massed Choirs and The St. Olaf Orchestra

Beautiful Savior
Silesian Folk Tune, arr. F. Melius Christiansen
Massed Choirs

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