In a musical celebration of joy, community and holiday traditions, Luther College presented the 2016 production of "Christmas at Luther: Out of Darkness, Light!" Dec. 1-4. For the first time in the 35-year history of "Christmas at Luther," the college will offer a streamed version of the performance Dec. 16-Jan. 1, 2017. Available at christmasatluther.com/stream, there is no charge to view or download the performance.
"Christmas at Luther" will be broadcast via Iowa Public Radio at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18; 11 a.m., Saturday Dec. 24; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25. Listeners can find a local station online at iowapublicradio.org/find-station - stream/0.
The program will be broadcast via Classical Minnesota Public Radio at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22. Listeners can stream online and find their local station at classicalmpr.org.
Additionally, recordings of this year's performance, as well as previous years' concerts, are available through the Luther Book Shop. Recordings of the 2016 "Christmas at Luther" performance will be available for purchase Monday, Dec. 19, in the store or through the Book Shop website: www.lutherbookshop.com/.
The 2016 production, titled "Out of Darkness, Light!" symbolizes the season of Advent with the darkness and coming of Christ the Light. Musical titles this year included excerpts from J.S. Bach's Mass in B-minor, "Arma Lucis" by Jackson Berkey, the Austrian carol "Still, Still, Still," and "O Come, All Ye Faithful."
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.