Christmas at Luther

by Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio
December 15, 2011
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St. Paul, Minn. — More than 600 student-musicians at Luther College celebrate the joy and traditions of Christmas with absolutely breathtaking music, capturing the wonder, awe and excitement of the season. In addition to music for choirs, you'll hear solo organ, a handbell choir, and the some 80 instrumentalists of the Luther College Symphony Orchestra.

It all happens in a spectacular setting — and one of the nation's finest college concert halls — the Luther Center for Faith and Life. This year's theme is 'Journey to the Light,' and the concert is part of a year-long celebration of the 150th birthday of Luther College, a journey in its own right that has transformed so many. The journey tonight in this concert is one that echoes the pilgrimage of the Magi to find the Christ Child — the light of the world.

Playlist:

Arise, Your Light Has Come — David Danner

Run, Ye Shepherds, To The Light — Michael Haydn (1737—1807)

Jeg er saa glad — Norwegian carols, arr. Sandra Peter

Catalonian Carol — arr. Julie Turner

The Three Kings — Healey Willan (1880—1968)

For Unto Us A Child Is Born (from Messiah) — G. F. Handel (1685—1756) [Text: Isaiah 9:6]

Cantemos a María — arr. Juan Tony Guzmán '90

This feature is part of Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Holiday Programming.

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day — arr. Howard Helvey

Love Came Down at Christmas — Edwin R. Fissinger, arr. Mary K. Geston

L'Adorazione dei Magi (Mvmt. II from Trittico Botticelliano) — Ottorino Respighi

Noél Ayisyen — Emile Desamours

Toccata on "Veni Emmanuel" — Adolphus Hailstork

Holy, Radiant Light — Alexander Gretchaninov (1864—1956), arr. and trans. Noble Cain

Finale (from King David) — Arthur Honegger (1892—1955)

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