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November 1, 2007

St Olaf Choirs set to simulcast to 200 movie theaters

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival - one of America's longest running celebrations of Christmas - will be simulcast live for the first time ever in high-definition and cinema surround sound to nearly 200 movie theatres on Sunday, Dec. 2 from St. Olaf's Skoglund Center Auditorium. The simulcast will include a 30-minute introduction featuring the history of the college and the event.

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a two-hour service of hymns, carols and choral selections that celebrate the birth of Christ, performed by more than 500 student musicians under the leadership of conductor Anton Armstrong '78. More than 12,000 students, alumni and friends of the college attend the four sold-out performances presented on the St. Olaf College campus every December.

Now, for the first time ever, patrons across the country can experience the event in movie theatres nationally, live via satellite in high-definition and cinema surround sound, presented exclusively by NCM Fathom and live event specialists BY Experience -- in conjunction with Twin Cities Public Television -- at 196 participating Regal, United Artists, Edwards, Cinemark and AMC movie theatres across the United States.

"We are delighted that technology makes it possible for St. Olaf College to share the Christmas Festival with audiences all across America this year," says St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson '74. " The first radio broadcast of the Festival occurred locally in 1949, and NBC broadcast it nationwide in 1954. It was first televised in 1975.

The participating choirs include the St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Anton Armstrong; the Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir, conducted by Christopher Aspaas '95; the Cantorei conducted by John Ferguson; the Manitou Singers conducted by Sigrid Johnson; and the St. Olaf Orchestra, conducted by Steven Amundson. Each group will perform individually and as part of a mass ensemble. The St. Olaf Christmas Festival has been listed as one of five significant global holiday events in The New York Times International Datebook, and has been featured in such publications as TV Guide, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times

Posted by acapnews at November 1, 2007 9:41 PM


It would be great if there was also a live web stream of this event so that students' families elsewhere in the world could also enjoy this fantastic Festival (esp. in the UK!)

Posted by: Keith at November 4, 2007 2:12 AM

How can I get a list of theatres or cities showing the concert ???

R Owings

Posted by: Anonymous at November 25, 2007 3:06 PM

Where will this be in the San Francisco Bay area? Preferably east bay.

Posted by: Christine Voll at November 25, 2007 10:13 PM

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