“(They have) remarkable balance and mellow tone: no shrill sopranos or sandpapery adolescent tenors here, just an even sound from the rumbling dark basses on up. (The choir) is good because of its dynamic shadings: its ability to sustain, then build from, nearly inaudible pianos, or to distinguish between a forte and a fortissimo.”
One hundred years ago, a small Lutheran college in Northfield, Minnesota launched a music program, kicking it off with a Christmas concert that was so successful, they’ve been doing it ever since. St. Olaf College has distinguished itself for its first-class Christmas Festival. This year offering traditional carols, a sing-along, and even a piece by Pulitzer Prize-winning, and one-time Minnesotan, Aaron Jay Kernis; the broadcast concert has become a holiday mainstay across the U.S.
Listen to the St. Olaf Choir singing Carol of the Bells: