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A Christmas Concert From Norway 2010

Airs Friday, December 24, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Promotional photo of Canadian soprano, Measha Brueggergosman, who delighted millions of international television viewers when she sang at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympics.

Promotional photo of siblings Mari and Håkon Samuelsen, superb young musicians and organizers of this annual event
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Above: Promotional photo of siblings Mari and Håkon Samuelsen, superb young musicians and organizers of this annual event

"A Christmas Concert From Norway" is a one-hour program of popular classical and traditional holiday music. The concert, to be recorded at the historic Vang Church in Hamar, Norway, features world-renowned musicians in glorious performance.

They include the Canadian soprano, Measha Brueggergosman, who delighted millions of international television viewers when she sang at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympics; the siblings Mari and Hakon Samuelsen, superb young musicians and organizers of this annual event; members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; Choir Collegium Vocale and the Grammy-nominated Trondheim Soloists.

The concert will feature performances of "Oh, Holy Night," "Adeste Fidelis," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "Silent Night," "Winter" from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," and other traditional holiday music. Along with all the festive music from the beautiful little church will be outdoor scenes of wintertime and holiday celebrations in Norway.

Hosts for "A Christmas Concert From Norway" will be Her Highness Princess Martha Louise of Norway and Harald Zwart the noted film director whose most recent production is the "The Karate Kid."

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Preview: A Christmas Concert From Norway

Above: The holiday television special, "A Christmas Concert From Norway," is a gift of music to be enjoyed by millions of Americans this December. Public television viewers across the nation will be taken to an historic church in a small Norwegian town for glorious music performed by world-renowned musicians and singers. The broadcast of this festive concert has become a Christmas Eve tradition in Norway, and now for the first time will become part of America's holiday celebration.

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