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KPBS Holiday Programming

Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir

Airs Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4 a.m. on KPBS TV

Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir

Airs Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4 a.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The St. Olaf Choir — which owes its origins and legacy to Norway — presents a concert in Trondheim’s Nidaros Cathedral.

Courtesy of Lasse Berre

Close up of choir singer. The St. Olaf Choir — which owes its origins and legacy to Norway — presents a concert in Trondheim’s Nidaros Cathedral.

From Trondheim’s historic Nidaros Cathedral, "Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir" treats PBS viewers and lovers of choral music to a spectacular holiday concert featuring the 75-voice St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor.

The production pairs the cathedral’s spare gothic beauty and stunning acoustics with the distinctive a cappella singing style for which the St. Olaf Choir — which owes its origins and legacy to Norway — is internationally known.

Musical selections include innovative arrangements of Christmas music (“The Word Was God” and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming/The Rose”), gospel spirituals (“This Little Light of Mine”) and beloved Norwegian hymns and folk songs.

The "Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir" CD is available at shoppbs.org

The St. Olaf Choir is on Facebook.

Video

Above: The St. Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong, Conductor, performs "Even When He Is Silent" by Kim André Arnesen. Recorded in concert at Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway on June 16, 2013.

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carolinak | December 24, 2013 at 7:36 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

The arrangement of LO HOW A ROSE E'ER BLOOMING and THE ROSE, simply perfection. Makes my skin crawl every time I listen which is often.
A brilliant combination, seamless between the verses
of each song. As I said SIMPLY PERFECTION.
Bravo to whomever thought of putting those two centuries apart songs together and then creating a spellbinding arrangement.
Just amazing.

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