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St. Olaf Choir
Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide

Song NameComposer
PBS Introduction
The Song of PeaceOlaf C. Christiansen
Messiah, Prince of Peace (Trinity Canticles)Daniel Kallmen
Love Divine, All Loves ExcellingRoland H. Prichard
For Unto Us A Child is Born (Messiah)George Frideric Handel
In Terra Pax (Excerpt)Gerald Finzi
Before the Marvel of this NightCarl Schalk
GloriaOlaf Gjeilo
In Thee is GladnessGiovanni G. Gastoldi
The Christmastide (Jessye's Carol)Donald Fraser
Conductors' And Students' Comments
Hark! The Herald Angels SingFelix Hendelssohn Bartholdy
Noel!Steven Sametz
Ding, Dong! Merrily on HighFelix Hendelssohn Bartholdy
Glories RingSteven Amundson
Carols for the Choirs: He Came Down tha We May Have Love
Carols for the Choirs: Love Has ComeF. Seguin
Carols for the Choirs: On Christmas NightEnglish Traditional
Carols for the Choirs: Toda La Tierra (All Earth Is Hopeful)Alberto Taule
Carols for the Choirs: Jeg er Sa Glad (I Am So Glad)Peder Knudsen
Carols for the Choirs: Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night)Franz Gruber
Joy to the WorldLowel Mason
And God Said: One Day Shall Dawn (King David)Arthur Honegger
Beautiful SaviorF. Melius Christiansen

F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the Music Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, planned and directed the first St. Olaf Christmas Festival in 1912. Over the next 96 years the Festival has grown to include, as individual groups and as a massed ensemble, the St. Olaf Choir, the St. Olaf Orchestra, the St. Olaf Cantorei, The Manitou Singers and the Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir. The result of the coming together of all this huge and joyous talent easily fills two CDs, 30 pieces with some narration that tell the story of Christmas, beginning with the all-instrumental "Messiah, Prince of Peace" and ending with F. Melius' gorgeous "Beautiful Savior." It's hard to pick favorites, but "For Unto Us a Child is Born" from Handel's "Messiah," Steven Sametz' "Noel!," Carl Schalk's "Before the Marvel of This Night," Donald Fraser's "This Christmastide" (Jessye's Carol), the 6-part medley "Carols for the Choirs" arranged by John Ferguson, F. Melius' lovely "Lullaby on Christmas Eve" and Arthur Honegger's "And God Said: One Day Shall Dawn" (King David) come easily to mind.

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