CD of ‘Christmas at Luther College 2009: Joy to the World’ released

Dec. 23, 2009

Luther College announces the release of the CD album “Christmas at Luther College 2009: Joy to the World,” the audio recording of the college’s nationally acclaimed Christmas concert.

To purchase the new “Christmas at Luther” CD, visit website or contact the Luther College Book Shop, telephone 1-888-521-5039. CD price is $20. Presale orders are being accepted.

Luther also offers 10 x18-inch prints of the 2009 concert backdrop. Price of the color print is $85; it is available on the website also.

“Christmas at Luther” showcases the 600-plus musicians of the college’s vocal and instrumental music ensembles. The concert, now in its 28th year, features traditional Christmas carols and a variety of sacred choral music. More than 8,000 people attended the Dec. 3-6 concert performances.

PBS Television broadcast the 2008 “Christmas at Luther” concert as a PBS Holiday Special in 2008 and 2009. The concert aired on more than 100 public television stations nationwide and was seen by millions of viewers. The 2008 performance will be rebroadcast in December 2009. Check local listings for public television broadcast dates and times in your area.

The concert includes performances by Nordic Choir under the direction of Craig Arnold, Cathedral Choir and Aurora under the direction of Sandra Peter, Cantorei under the direction of Linda Martin, Collegiate Chorale and Norsemen under the direction of Timothy Peter, Christmas Brass and Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Frederick Nyline, the Luther Ringers under the direction of Gregory Peterson, and Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Baldwin. Organist is Gregory Peterson.

The 2009 concert CD features the processional “Joy to the World” arranged by Mack Wilberg and performed by the combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra and organ; “Eventide” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, performed by the Symphony Orchestra; “Thanks be to God” from Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” performed by combined choirs and Symphony Orchestra; “Joy Joy Joy” arranged by Robert Page, performed by Cathedral Choir; “There is No Rose” by René Clausen, performed by Nordic Choir; and “On This Day, Earth Shall Ring” arranged by Cathy Moklebust, performed by the Luther Ringers.

Other selections on the CD include “Nowel” by Randall Thompson, performed by Norsemen; “Angels We Have Heard on High” arranged by David Cherwein, sung by Collegiate Chorale; “Wexford Carol” arranged by Mack Wilberg, sung by men of the combined choirs; “Fanfare” by Daniel Kallman, performed by the Christmas Brass and Percussion Ensemble and organ; “Quittez, Pasteurs” arranged by John Rutter, sung by Collegiate Chorale; “O Magnum Mysterium” by Guy Forbes, sung by Aurora; “Fantasia on a Ukrainian Carol” arranged by William Cutter, performed by the combined choirs with the Symphony Orchestra and organ; “Où s´en vont ces gais bergers” by Claude Balbastre, performed by college organist Gregory Peterson; “Suo-gan” arranged by Barlow Bradford, performed by the combined choirs and Symphony Orchestra; “Agincourt Song” from “Henry V Suite” by William Walton/Mathieson, performed by Symphony Orchestra; and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” arranged by Sandra Peter and performed by Aurora.

The “Christmas at Luther” CD also includes “S námi Bog” by Alexander Kastalsky, performed by Norsemen; “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!” by Jackson Berkey, performed by Cantorei; “Praise to the Lord!” arranged by F. Melius Christiansen, performed by Nordic Choir; “Silent Night” arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, performed by Symphony Orchestra, organ, combined choirs and audience; and “Gloria” (movement 3) by John Rutter, performed by Symphony Orchestra, combined choirs and organ.

Christmas at Luther backdrop
‘Christmas at Luther 2009: Joy to the World’ CD