Poster A scene from the 2017 St. Olaf Christmas Festival.
A scene from the 2017 St. Olaf Christmas Festival: Risn' With Healing in His Wings.
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Relive the 2017 St. Olaf Christmas Festival

St. Olaf Christmas Festival 2017

Click here for a PDF of the 2017 Christmas Festival program.

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, as well as 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 both as individual groups and as a massed ensemble.

Here's a preview of what's in store:

Program

2017 St. Olaf Christmas Festival: Risn' With Healing in His Wings

Adagio "Nimrod" (Enigma Variations)
Edward Elgar
St. Olaf Orchestra

Keep Your Lamps!
African-American spiritual
Massed Choirs

PROCESSIONAL HYMN: Awake! Awake and Greet the New Morn
Marty Haugen
Massed Choirs, St. Olaf Orchestra, Audience

Jauchzet, Frohlocket (Christmas Oratorio)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Massed Choirs, St. Olaf Orchestra

Comfort, Comfort Now My People
Trente quatre pseaumes de David
Manitou Singers

My Lord Has Come
Will Todd
Chapel Choir

Verbu caro factum est
Hans Leo Hassler
Cantorei

Alleluia
Ralph Manuel
St. Olaf Choir

Brightest and Best
Southern Harmony
Viking Chorus

Magnificat (Collegium Regale)
Herbert Howells
Massed Choirs, St. Olaf Orchestra

Joy to the World
attr. George Frederic Handel
Massed Choirs, St. Olaf Orchestra, Audience

Noel
Todd Smith
Chapel Choir

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
John Gardner
Cantorei

O My Dear Heart
Eleanor Daley
Manitou Singers

Like Him We Rise
Tom Trenney
Viking Chorus

In Silent Night
Mitchell B. Southall
St. Olaf Choir

Gloria (Missa Criolla)
Ariel Ramirez
St. Olaf Choir

On Christmas Day
Steven Amundson
St. Olaf Orchestra

Gloria
André J. Thomas
Massed Choirs, St. Olaf Orchestra

Go Tell It On the Mountain
African American spiritual

Massed Choirs, St. Olaf Orchestra, Audience

Christmas From Around the World: O Come, O Come Emmanuel; The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy; En el Portal de Belen; 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime; Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow; When Christmas Morn Is Dawning; O ba se je
Traditional
Massed Choirs, plus featured performances by Chapel Choir, Manitou Singers, Cantorei, Viking Chorus and St. Olaf Choir

Praise to the Lord
Stralsund Gesangbuch
Massed Choirs

The Spirit of the Lord (The World of the Spirit)
Benjamin Britten
Massed Choirs, St. Olaf Orchestra

RECESSIONAL HYMN: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Massed Choirs, St. Olaf Orchestra, Audience

Nunc dimittis
Robert Scholz
Massed Choirs, St. Olaf Orchestra

Beautiful Savior
Silesian Folk Tune
Massed Choirs

St. Olaf Christmas Festival (official site)

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