Tricounty News

Colleges celebrate season with holiday concerts at Saint John's

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University will present the traditional "Christmas at Saint John's" concerts at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Great Hall on the Saint John's campus.

Ticket prices for the concert are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and children 5 and under. Tickets are available online at www.csbsju.edu/finearts, or through the CSB/SJU fine arts ticket office at (320) 363-5777. Because this event has historically sold out, purchasing advance tickets is strongly encouraged.

Performing groups include the Amadeus Chamber Symphony, directed by Axel Theimer; CSB/SJU Brass Choir, directed by Dale White; CSB Campus Singers, directed by Teri Larson; CSB/SJU Chamber Choir, directed by Theimer; St. John's Boys' Choir, directed by André Heywood; SJU Men's Chorus, directed by Theimer; and Gregorian Chant Schola, directed by the Rev. Anthony Ruff, OSB. The ensembles, individually and in various combinations, will present compositions written in celebration of the season of Advent and Christmas.

This year's program features music by Felix Mendelssohn, Antonio Vivaldi, Palestrina, Richard Strauss, George F. Handel, Z. Randall Stroope, Eric Whitacre, Benjamin Britten, Sweelinck and others.

Throughout the concert, the audience will again be invited to join in singing a number of favorite Christmas carols such as "O Come All Ye Faithful", "Stille Nacht", "Lo, How A Rose", and others. Other treasured favorites will include "Personent Hodie," "Glory of the Father" and Handel's "Alleluia Chorus."