At 8, Walter Parker hosts a new program of holiday music from Vermont’s own professional vocal ensemble. Then, at 9, Philip Brunelle leads VocalEssence in a a program of favorite and contemporary choral arrangements of holiday music.
One of our all-time favorite seasonal stories is told by commentator Willem Lange about an old Vermont farmer with the unlikely name of "Favor Johnson," a hound named Hercules, a flatlander doctor, homemade fruitcake and the real spirit of Christmas.
At 8, we’ll hear a beautiful retrospective spanning 30 years of recordings by the Dale Warland Singers. Then, at 9, we’ll listen to a recent concert recording of the 12-voice men’s choir from San Francisco, Chanticleer.
Joe Goetz hosts a program featuring four centuries worth of settings of the Magnificat (The Song of Mary) and Nunc Dimittis (the plea of Simeon the Righteous) and explains their special place in the Christmas season.
From 8-9 this evening we’ll hear Minnesota’s Rose Ensemble in a program of Elizabethan Christmas music, and then at 9, Bill McGlaughlin hosts a program of French music from medieval times to the present.
This year’s program is called "Light of All Creation, Scatter the Darkness". A cherished tradition for nearly a century, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a spiritual and musical journey that reflects the anticipation of Advent, to Christ’s birth, and the arrival twelve days later of the Three Kings from the East.