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Saint Olaf Christmas Festival
Saint Olaf Christmas Festival
Broadcast Live: December 4, 2005, 3:30 p.m.

Daniel Kallman: Messiah, Prince of Peace
St. Olaf Orchestra/Steven Amundson

Arr. Paul J. Christiansen: My Song in the Night (Southern folk hymn)
Massed choirs/Sigrid Johnson

Arr. John Ferguson: Comfort, Comfort (34 Psalms of David, Geneva, 1551)
Massed choirs and St. Olaf Orchestra/John Ferguson

Narration

Processional:

Rowland H. Prichard, arr. John Ferguson: Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Massed choirs/Steven Amundson

Mendelssohn: There Shall a Star (from Christus)
Massed choirs and Orchestra/Christopher Aspaas

Arr. Olaf C. Christiansen: Lift Up Your Heads (Psalmodia Evangelica, 1789)
St. Olaf Choir/Anton Armstrong

Joseph W. Clokey: Two Kings
Cantorei/John Ferguson

Randall Thompson: The Best of Rooms
Chapel Choir/Christopher Aspaas

Martin Luther, arr. Dede Duson: From Heaven Above
Viking Chorus; 2 violas; 2 cellos/Christopher Aspaas

Eugene Butler: Sweet Was the Song
Manitou Singers/Sigrid Johnson

Arr. John Ferguson: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (French Processional Melody, 15th Century)
Massed choirs & audience (2nd & 3rd verses)/John Ferguson

Cross, 2 candles processes (3 students, 2 pastors)

Gospel Reading

Arr. John Francis Wade; arr. John Ferguson; descant David Willcocks: Oh Come, All Ye Faithful
Massed Choirs (alone on 3rd verse), St. Olaf Orchestra & audience/John Ferguson

Steven Sametz: Gaudete (Two Medieval Lyrics)
Chapel Choir/Christopher Aspaas

Franz X. Gruber, arr. John Ferguson: Silent Night
Cantorei; St. Olaf Handbell Choir/John Ferguson
(Handbell Choir prepared by Conductor Jill Mahr)

Arr. Paul Carey: I Saw Three Ships (English traditional)
Manitou Singers; St. Olaf Orchestra/Sigrid Johnson

Edvard Grieg, arr. Oscar Overby: God's Son Has Made Me Free
Viking Chorus/Christopher Aspaas

Kenneth Jennings: O Little Town of Bethlehem
St. Olaf Choir/Anton Armstrong

Arr. Carolyn Jennings: Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French carol)
St. Olaf Choir/Anton Armstrong

John Rutter: Gloria
Massed choirs; St. Olaf Orchestra/Christopher Aspaas

Steven Amundson: Shepherds' Jubilee
St. Olaf Orchestra/Steven Amundson

Arr. Robert Scholz: Angels We Have Heard on High (French carol)
Massed choirs and audience; St. Olaf Orchestra/Steven Amundson

Charles Forsberg: A Christmas Carol (premiere)
Massed choirs; St. Olaf Orchestra/Sigrid Johnson

Lewis Redner, arr. John Ferguson: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Massed choirs and audience; St. Olaf Orchestra/Steven Amundson

Narration

F. Melius Christiansen: Glorification (Celestial Spring)
Massed choirs/Anton Armstrong

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres (from Hodie)
Massed choirs; St. Olaf Orchestra/Anton Armstrong

Recessional:

Henry Gauntlett, arr. John Ferguson: Once in Royal David's City
Massed choirs & audience (verses 3 &5); St. Olaf Orchestra/Steven Amundson

Narration

Egil Hovland: Stay with Us (Captive and Free)
Massed choirs; St. Olaf Orchestra/Anton Armstrong

Arr. F. Melius Christiansen: Beautiful Savior (Silesian folk tune)
Massed choirs/Anton Armstrong