For the first time, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival will be simulcast to 197 commercial movie theaters nationwide on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 at 4 p.m. ET from the St. Olaf College campus in Northfield, Minn. The festival—hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections that celebrate Jesus’ birth—is one of the oldest musical Christmas celebrations in the U.S. The event, begun in 1912, features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five of the college’s choirs and its orchestra. Each group will perform individually and as part of a mass ensemble.
* An earlier version of this article (based on information that was available at presstime) indicated that the concert would be simulcast in 80 theaters.
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