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  Joe Carter
 
Host Joe Carter

For the past several years, on a Thursday in early December, approximately 400 people gather on the stage of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. They come from Moorhead in northwestern Minnesota and from across the Red River from Fargo, on comfortable coaches with baggage compartments full of clothes and instruments. From Concordia College, they bring Christmas.

The Concordia College Christmas concerts are a tough ticket to get. The performance invariably sells out. It is for many the official beginning of the Christmas season. Artistic Director René Clausen is an internationally renowned choral conductor, composer and clinician. He and his staff create a dramatic service around a central theme for the Christmas concert. This year, Psalm 23, "The Lord is my Shepherd," serves as the inspirational guide for the music and the retelling of the Christmas story.

Four choirs, an orchestra and a bell choir perform, creating a nearly indescribable impression. Voices and instruments combine to create a beautiful, powerful and heartfelt sound centered on the story of the birth of Jesus. The music ranges from Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms to John Rutter's Angels Carol to René Clausen's setting of the Psalm 23 to traditional Christmas carols

Arr. LEE J. AFDAHL: "Shepherds, Why This Jubilee?"
RICHARD W. HILLERT: "From Shepherding of Stars"
J.S. BACH: "Sheep may safely graze"
J.L. MACBETH BAIN: "The Lord's My Shepherd"
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Chichester Psalms, Movement 2 (in Hebrew)
PAUL MANZ: "E'en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come"
ALEXANDER GRETCHANINOFF: "Our Father"
MARY CALDWELL: "A Lute Caroll"
G.WINSTON CASSLER: "The Godly Stranger"
WILLIAM MATHIAS: "Sir Christèmas"
TRADITIONAL ENGLISH CAROL: "The First Noel"
TRADITIONAL FRENCH CAROL: "Ding, Dong Merrily on High"
TRADITIONAL ENGLISH CAROL, arr. THERON KIRK: "Noël"
TRADITIONAL, arr. ANDRÉ THOMAS: "African Noel"
JOHN RUTTER: "Angels' Carol"
FRANZ GRUBER: "Silent Night"
Arr. PAUL J. CHRISTIANSEN: "The King of Love My Shepherd"
RENÉ CLAUSEN: Psalm 23
EGIL HOVLAND: "Stay With Us"
RENÉ CLAUSEN: "Compline"

All orchestral arrangements by René Clausen. Performing groups: Tintinnabula (bell choir), Kantorei (first year choir), Bel Canto (Women's choir), Chapel Choir, Concordia Choir, Concordia College Orchestra. Conductors include June Rauschnabel, Paul Nesheim, Bruce Houglum and René Clausen. Concordia College is in Moorhead, Minnesota. Recorded on Thursday December 9, 2004 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis by David Trembley, Soundmaster Productions. Broadcast produced by Silvester Vicic.

Recorded on Thursday December 9, 2004 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis by David Trembley, Soundmaster Productions. Broadcast produced by Silvester Vicic.

 


"O Come All Ye Faithful"
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You can't see it, but it's there at every concert the Concordia College Choirs give at Christmas time. Every year for decades, a mural stands. It's huge, towering over the musicians and the stage, enveloping everyone present with a visual representation of the message of the concert. You won't be able to see it, but with 400 or so wonderfully skilled student musicians on stage at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, you can certainly hear it. Is it their spirit, their energy, their passion? Yes, it's all of those things and it's the message of Christmas. This year's Concordia College Christmas concert is titled "O Come All Ye Faithful."

Each Christmas for 79 years now, the choirs and orchestra of Concordia College sell out their half-dozen or so concerts with a program that tells the story of Christ's birth in music and words. The sweet-toned voices of the women's choir contrast with the skilful, heartfelt performances of the Concordia Choir led by artistic director René Clausen. He's a world-renowned choral conductor and composer, who continues a tradition of artistic excellence at a small liberal arts college in Moorhead, Minnesota. Clausen is responsible for many of the musical arrangements heard during this concert. Old familiar tunes, new compositions and new arrangements of old tunes are part and parcel of the spirit and joy of this Christmas musical experience.

Musical Highlights:

  • Favorite Christmas Carols
  • A new arrangement of "Gesu bambino" by René Clausen

"The Lord is my Shepherd"
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  Joe Carter
 
Host Joe Carter

For the past several years, on a Thursday in early December, approximately 400 people gather on the stage of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. They come from Moorhead in northwestern Minnesota and from across the Red River from Fargo, on comfortable coaches with baggage compartments full of clothes and instruments. From Concordia College, they bring Christmas.

The Concordia College Christmas concerts are a tough ticket to get. The performance invariably sells out. It is for many the official beginning of the Christmas season. Artistic Director René Clausen is an internationally renowned choral conductor, composer and clinician. He and his staff create a dramatic service around a central theme for the Christmas concert. This year, Psalm 23, "The Lord is my Shepherd," serves as the inspirational guide for the music and the retelling of the Christmas story.

Four choirs, an orchestra and a bell choir perform, creating a nearly indescribable impression. Voices and instruments combine to create a beautiful, powerful and heartfelt sound centered on the story of the birth of Jesus. The music ranges from Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms to John Rutter's Angels Carol to René Clausen's setting of the Psalm 23 to traditional Christmas carols

Arr. LEE J. AFDAHL: "Shepherds, Why This Jubilee?"
RICHARD W. HILLERT: "From Shepherding of Stars"
J.S. BACH: "Sheep may safely graze"
J.L. MACBETH BAIN: "The Lord's My Shepherd"
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Chichester Psalms, Movement 2 (in Hebrew)
PAUL MANZ: "E'en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come"
ALEXANDER GRETCHANINOFF: "Our Father"
MARY CALDWELL: "A Lute Caroll"
G.WINSTON CASSLER: "The Godly Stranger"
WILLIAM MATHIAS: "Sir Christèmas"
TRADITIONAL ENGLISH CAROL: "The First Noel"
TRADITIONAL FRENCH CAROL: "Ding, Dong Merrily on High"
TRADITIONAL ENGLISH CAROL, arr. THERON KIRK: "Noël"
TRADITIONAL, arr. ANDRÉ THOMAS: "African Noel"
JOHN RUTTER: "Angels' Carol"
FRANZ GRUBER: "Silent Night"
Arr. PAUL J. CHRISTIANSEN: "The King of Love My Shepherd"
RENÉ CLAUSEN: Psalm 23
EGIL HOVLAND: "Stay With Us"
RENÉ CLAUSEN: "Compline"

All orchestral arrangements by René Clausen. Performing groups: Tintinnabula (bell choir), Kantorei (first year choir), Bel Canto (Women's choir), Chapel Choir, Concordia Choir, Concordia College Orchestra. Conductors include June Rauschnabel, Paul Nesheim, Bruce Houglum and René Clausen. Concordia College is in Moorhead, Minnesota. Recorded on Thursday December 9, 2004 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis by David Trembley, Soundmaster Productions. Broadcast produced by Silvester Vicic.

Recorded on Thursday December 9, 2004 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis by David Trembley, Soundmaster Productions. Broadcast produced by Silvester Vicic.

 

René Clausen conducts the orchestra and choir

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