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Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Watch Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10pm on WMHT TV.

Festive holiday music, more than 500 choristers, the Luther College Symphony Orchestra  and glowing candlelight capture the wonder and joy of the season as Luther College’s nationally and internationally acclaimed music ensembles mark over 30 years of sharing the seasonal gift of music with their annual concert.

More than 600 musicians in the college’s vocal and instrumental ensembles present traditional holiday carols and sacred Christmas choral anthems, performing in one of the nation’s most exquisite college concert halls, the Luther College Center for Faith and Life. The performances feature all six choirs at the college, the Symphony Orchestra and the Luther Ringers.

CHRISTMAS AT LUTHER’s powerful and moving music is complemented by the magnificence of the Center for Faith and Life in its Christmas decoration and the choreography of the ensembles. The darkened concert hall is slowly illuminated during the traditional candle-lighting hymn as hundreds of singers sequentially light their own candles.

Each year, more than 8,000 people attend the CHRISTMAS AT LUTHER performances on the Luther campus in Decorah, Iowa. In the past, the concert has been broadcast on almost 100 public television stations in 25 states. It is also featured annually as a holiday special on Minnesota Public Radio. 

“We have a proud tradition and we are known and respected for our artistic productions of Christmas festivals,” says Dianne Steinbach, senior director for Arts & Cultural Media at Twin Cities Public Television, producer of the program. “Our television crews are experienced and talented concert specialists. Many of them have been working together as a team, on performance specials, for over 25 years. We all enjoy working together to bring inspiring music programs to broad audiences and we are thrilled to be working on our second production of CHRISTMAS AT LUTHER.

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