Poster Christmas at Luther 2023

Christmas at Luther: 'The Gifts They Gave Emmanuel'

Christmas at Luther

Each December, the Center for Faith and Life at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, rings out with the sacred and the exuberant: the sounds of the Christmas season. Enjoy the 2022 program, The Gifts They Gave Emmanuel.


Prologue to Isaiah’s Dream
Based on hymn tune: Lasst uns erfreuen
Terre Johnson
Text by St. Francis of Assisi, paraphrased by William H. Draper
Combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra

The Dream Isaiah Saw
Glenn L. Rudolph
Text by Thomas H. Troeger
Combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra

While by My Sheep
Traditional German carol
arr. Mark Potvin
Text by Friedrich Spee and Mark Potvin

Christmas Carol
Adrianna Tam
Text by Sara Teasdale
Collegiate Chorale, piano

Where Riches Is Everlastingly
Bob Chilcott
Text adapted from 16th century
Nordic Choir, percussion

Christus Natus Est
Rosephanye Powell
Text by Countee Cullen
Sung in English and Latin
Combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra

Donkey Carol
John Rutter
Cathedral Choir, Symphony Orchestra

Troika (from Lieutenant Kijé Suite)
Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony Orchestra

How Far Is It to Bethlehem?
English carol
arr. Mark Hayes
Text by Frances Chesterton
Aurora, piano

O Magnum Mysterium
Kevin A. Memley
Sung in Latin
Nordic Choir

What I Can I Give Him
Andrea Ramsey
Orchestration by Luke Benton
Text by Christina Rossetti
Commissioned for Christmas at Luther 2022
Combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra

Jesus Nasciera / Ríu Ríu Chíu
16th-century Spanish villancico
arr. Brett Stewart
Text by Thomas H. Troeger
Sung in Spanish
Combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra, guitar

In Dulci Jubilo (from Carol Trilogy)
German traditional
arr. Laura Hawley
Sung in German and Latin
Aurora, piano

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