St. Olaf concert to be broadcast live in movie theaters

One of Minnesota’s musical traditions for the holidays is going national.


Some 500 St. Olaf College students sing in five choirs and play in the orchestra during the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival will present “Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing” live in movie theaters across the country, as part of its 100th anniversary celebration.

The concert will be broadcast on Sunday, December 4 at 2:30pm CT from Skoglund Center Auditorium on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, as per usual. But now people will be able to hear – and see – the concert in such widespread locations as Anchorage, Alaska and Honolulu, Hawaii.

The two-hour program of hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections will be performed by St. Olaf Choir, the Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir, the Cantorei, and Manitou Singers, along with the St. Olaf Orchestra.T the event will begin with a special half-hour retrospective focusing on the 100-year history of the Christmas Festival.

You can see the complete list of participating venues here.