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St. Olaf College orchestra and massed choirs with Anton Armstrong conducting
St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Promise of Peace

Fri Dec 2 — Sat Dec 3, 2022

Orchestra Hall

~ 2 hrs without intermission

First held in 1912, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States, and has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Led by five conductors, it features more than 500 student musicians from St. Olaf College's world-renowned choirs and orchestra. Each group participates individually and as part of a massed ensemble.

The theme of the 2022 St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Promise of Peace, will feature repertoire of classic Advent and Christmas compositions, familiar carols, global hymns, and contemporary pieces.

Anton Armstrong ’78 is artistic director of the Christmas Festival and conductor of the St. Olaf Choir. Tesfa Wondemagegnehu is conductor of the Chapel Choir and Viking Chorus. Therees Tkach Hibbard conducts the Manitou Singers. James E. Bobb leads the St. Olaf Cantorei. The St. Olaf Orchestra, regarded as one of the finest collegiate orchestras in the United States, is conducted by Chung Park.

Traditionally held on the St. Olaf Campus, we invite you to join us this year at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and experience this time-honored tradition in one of the nation's finest concert halls.

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for this event. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times are subject to change. Prices listed include a non-discountable $4 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders. Minimum age to attend to 10 years.

Due to high demand, tickets for the St. Olaf Christmas Festival have limited availability.  Continue to check back for seats to open up.

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Accessibility Services

  • Armless & Bariatric Chairs
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.