Poster St. Olaf Christmas Festival
The St. Olaf Christmas Festival features more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
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Enjoy the 2021 St. Olaf Christmas Festival

St Olaf Christmas Festival - Love Divine

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. This year's presentation, “Love Divine,” features more than 400 student musicians performing from the college in Northfield, Minn.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival includes hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity. It will feature 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 as individual groups and as a massed ensemble.


Edward Elgar: Nimrod (Enigma Variations) – Orchestra

Divinum Mysterium arr. Christopher Aspaas: In a Deep, Unbounded Darkness – Massed Choir & Orchestra

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steven Amundson: Holy Child – Manitou Singers & Orchestra

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

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

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

BREAK – Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica Celestis (excerpt)

Rosephanye Powell: Christus Natus Est – Massed Choirs & Orchestra

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

Richard Lloyd: Love Came Down at Christmas: Cantorei

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

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

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

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

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

Steven Amundson: Angels’ Dance - St. Olaf Orchestra

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

Refer to the online program booklet for the live broadcast.


Audio produced in cooperation with Minnesota Public Radio and sponsored in part by Tad and Cindy Piper.

Video produced through the generosity and support of St. Olaf's sponsors:

The Tomson Family Foundation

The Mark and Laura Johnson Family

David and Cynthia Hill

An anonymous donor from the Class of 1970

Carlson Capital Management

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