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The St. Olaf Choir

December 5, 2012

St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Every December, an unusual pilgrimage takes place. Thousands of people flock to the small prairie town of Northfield, Minnesota. They're going to hear the annual St. Olaf College Christmas Festival. It's not so much a concert as it is a worship service in music. Even though the school is small, the program has a following across the country, including national broadcasts on public radio and TV. We'll hear highlights from the 2012 St. Olaf Christmas Festival, which took place just last weekend in Northfield.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Gopak from Mazeppa
    The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur, conductor
  • George Gershwin
    Finale from Porgy and Bess Orchestral Suite
    The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur, conductor
    Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany
  • Leonard Bernstein
    Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano
    The Morgenstern Trio
    Kunstraum Klosterkirche, Traunstein, Germany
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Claudio Buchwald from Bloomington, Indiana
  • George Gershwin
    Porgy and Bess Orchestral Suite
    The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur, conductor
    Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany

hour 2

  • Daniel Kantor
    Night of Silence
    The Combined Choirs of St. Olaf College, St. Olaf Orchestra, James Bobb, conductor
    St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Steven Amundson
    Angel's Dance
    The St. Olaf Orchestra, Steven Amundson, conductor
    St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Kenneth Jennings
    O Little Town of Bethlehem
    The St. Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong, director
    St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Ottorino Respighi
    Vetrate di Chiesa (Church Windows), P. 150
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Alexander Scriabin
    Prelude No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 13
    Yuja Wang, piano
    Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Benjamin Britten
    This Little Babe, from Ceremony of Carols
    The Manitou Singers, Joy Gunderson, harp, Sigrid Johnson, director
    St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Traditional (arranged by Andre Thomas)
    Keep Your Lamps
    Combined Choirs of St. Olaf College, Anton Armstrong, director
    St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Modest Mussorgsky
    Prelude to Khovanshchina
    The Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Emmanuel Krivine, conductor
    Philharmonie, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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