Tour documentary to premiere during Christmas Festival

In June the St. Olaf Choir embarked on a centennial tour that retraced part of the ensemble’s 1913 tour to Norway. This year the choir’s performances throughout Norway culminated in the filming of a new PBS Christmas program, Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choirat Trondheim’s Nidaros Cathedral.

A 60-minute film, The 2013 St. Olaf Choir in Norway: The Documentary, takes viewers “on-the-road” with the choir. It will premiere on-campus during this year’s St. Olaf Christmas Festival, with two public showings in Tomson Hall 280:

  • Saturday, December 7, 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 8, 12:45 p.m.

Film highlights include a visit to the U.S. ambassador’s residence, performing for a royal audience member at the Oslo Konserthus, homestays in Snåsa (the birthplace of college founder Bernt Julius Muus), plus other cultural connections between St. Olaf College and Norway.

The documentary features a number of pieces performed on the tour, interviews with Conductor Anton Armstrong ’78 and students, spectacular footage of Norway, and a few surprises.

‘That’s a Wrap!’

And so the tour comes to a close as the choir’s two flights arrive safely back in the States. Fittingly, the tour ends with a Norwegian news (NRK) story about the Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) production of A St. Olaf Christmas in Norway that just wrapped in Trondheim’s Nidaros cathedral.

Our favorite part of the video? TPT producer Catherine Allan talking about getting the local audience to show up wearing winter coats and Norwegian sweaters … in June.

Select the image below to see the Norwegian news (NRK) story.

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