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St. Olaf Choir
My Spirit Sings of Wondrous Things

Song NameComposer
The GiftSteven Amundson
Keep Your Lamps
A New MagnificatCarolyn Jennings
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Awake The Harp (The Creation)Franz Joseph Hayden
How Great Are Thy WondersGeorge Schumann
There Is No RoseZ. Randall Stroope
Magnificat "Collegium Regale"Herbert Howells
Welcome, All WondersPhilip Lawson
The Angel Gabriel
Canticle of the Turning (stanzas 1-2)
Gospel Reading
Canticle of the Turning (stanzas 3-4)
Joy to The World
GloriaAgneta Skold
Dona Nobis PacemJoseph Gregorio
Alleluya, A New Work Is Come On HandPeter Wishart
What Wonderous LoveWilliam Walker
Mary's Little Boy ChileJester Hairston
NoelTodd Smith
Sanctus (Mass)Leonard Bernstein
Shepherd's DanceGian Carlo Menotti
Bright and Glorious Is the Sky
Carols From Around the World
Joy to the World
O Day Full of GraceChristoph E. F. Wayse
In Endless Morn of LightC. Hubert H Parry
Once in Royal David's CityHenry J. Gauntlett
Nunc DimittisAlexander Gretchaninov
Beautiful Savior

One of the most enduring musical Christmas traditions, Northfield, Minnesota's St. Olaf College celebrated its 97th Annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival in December of 2008. This massive event features the St. Olaf Choir, St. Olaf Cantorei, Manitou Singers, St. Olaf Chapel Choir and Viking Chorus, performing both as individual groups and as a massed ensemble with the St. Olaf Orchestra. The program is narrated, telling the story of the birth of Christ, "illustrated" by carols, spirituals, classical Christian pieces and original songs such as the final cut, "Beautiful Savior," written by the founder of the Festival and St. Olaf's musical program, F. Melius Christiansen. Presenting this 32-part event in its entirety requires two CDs, beginning with Steven Amundson's "The Gift," and it's hard to pick favorites. Certainly the 6-part "Carols from Around the World" medley needs to be included, the a cappella "How Great Are Thy Wonders," Z. Randall Stroope's accompanied "There Is No Rose," the Basque Carol "The Angel Gabriel," the Irish traditional "Canticle of the Turning," Jester Hairston's "Mary's Little Boy Child," Gian Carl Menotti's "Shepherd's Dance," and the Danish tune "Bright and Glorious is the Sky." A tremendous event, filled with joyous singing and the telling of a wonderful story. Entensive liner notes give us the lyrics to all songs, and details about the music and St. Olaf College.

Item code: 9025C | 2 CDs | $24.95 add item to cart
Choral | Mixed | United States

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