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Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir

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Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, is the magnificent setting for a Christmas special with the internationally acclaimed St.Olaf’s Choir from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, paired with Jentekor, the Nidaros Cathedral Girl Choir. CHRISTMAS IN NORWAY showcases the cathedral’s spare gothic beauty — it is one of the oldest gothic cathedrals in the world — and its stunning acoustics that complement the distinctive style of a capella mixed-voice singing, for which the St. Olaf Choir is well known. Selections include not only traditional carols, but also innovative arrangements of Christmas music (The Word Was God and Lo, How a Rose e’re Blooming/The Rose), gospel spirituals (This Little Light of Mine), and beloved Norwegian hymns and folk songs (Jeg er saa glad). The St. Olaf Choir is conducted by Anton Armstrong. Anita Brevik conducts the Nidaros Jentekor. CHRISTMAS IN NORWAY WITH THE ST. OLAF CHOIR celebrates the 100th anniversary of the choir’s first concert tour to Norway in 1913, under the direction of its first conductor F. Melius Christiansen, a Norwegian immigrant and founder of the college’s now-famous music program. In 2005 the St. Olaf Choir, under the direction of Anton Armstrong, performed another Christmas concert from Nidaros Cathedral, A St. Olaf Christmas in Norway, a co-production with the NRK that aired both in the U.S. and in Norway.

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