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St. Olaf Christmas Festival: 'Love and Joy Come to You'

Editor's note: On-demand audio for this program is expected to be added Dec. 18.

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. This year's presentation, Love and Joy Come to You, features more than 500 student musicians in three performances at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

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.

Playlist and program

A listing of music selections for the on-demand audio is expected to be added Dec. 18. Meanwhile, here’s the official program booklet for this year's presentation, Love and Joy Come to You, which was performed live in Minneapolis in early December — as well as detailed information about the music as part of St. Olaf’s student-led Program Notes Project.

2023 St. Olaf Christmas Festival - Official Program Booklet

2023 St. Olaf Christmas Festival - Student-led Program Notes Project


Radio broadcasts of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival are made possible as a gift to the community by Tad and Cindy Piper.

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

Paul and Margot Grangaard

David and Cynthia Hill

The Mark and Laura Johnson Family

Tim and Jan Maudlin with gratitude for the Lutheran Center for Faith, Values and Community

The Tomson Family Foundation

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