CHRISTMAS AT ST. OLAF airs Sunday, December 9th at 7:00pm
– PBS Presentation Celebrates the 100th St. Olaf Christmas Festival –
For a century, music lovers worldwide have marked the beginning of the holiday season with one of
the country’s most honored traditions, the St. Olaf College Christmas Festival.
CHRISTMAS AT ST. OLAF,
with the theme Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing for the 100th festival, is a holiday special airing Sunday,
December 9th, 2012, 7:00-8:00pm on WTVP-HD.
Initially a small musical program for the college community, the beloved annual celebration now
enjoys a worldwide audience. The St. Olaf College Christmas Festival has also been lauded in such publications as
The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and TV Guide.
“Our centennial festival’s theme Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing draws from the hymn ‘Rejoice
Ye Pure in Heart,’ which captures the spirit that we were envisioning,” says Anton Armstrong, the festival’s artistic
director. “While we seek to pay homage to the great musical, cultural and religious traditions that have shaped the
festival over the past 100 years, we look with vision and hope for the promise yet to come.”
Five choral ensembles and the St. Olaf Orchestra — more than 500 student musicians strong — will
perform a rich repertoire of Christmas compositions, as well as familiar carols and hymns from around the world.
CHRISTMAS AT ST. OLAF will offer a rich blending of selections from previous Christmas Festivals,
including excerpts from Ralph Vaughan Williams Hodie. Additionally, this year’s performance will debut newly
commissioned works by American composers André J. Thomas and David N. Childs.
“St. Olaf’s Christmas celebration is in a class by itself,” says Phil Byrd, who has directed
television programs with a number of America’s great choruses and who is the producer/director of the last three
St. Olaf Christmas specials. “Few choral ensembles — professional or amateur — perform at the level of St. Olaf’s
choirs,” he says.
This centennial performance marks the ninth time Twin Cities Public Television has collaborated with
St. Olaf College to bring the Christmas Festival to PBS audiences. “PBS is pleased to celebrate this special
anniversary performance with an all-new presentation,” said John F. Wilson, PBS senior vice president and chief TV
programming executive. “CHRISTMAS AT ST. OLAF is one of our viewers’ most anticipated holiday traditions.
The caliber of the performances and arrangements through the years has been consistently world-class.”
About St. Olaf College
Recognized as one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf offers an academically rigorous
education with a vibrant faith tradition as a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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