Otto Olsson – Advent
Carl Nielsen – Forunderligt at sige
Gustav Nordqvist – Jul Jul, Strålande Jul
Ola Gjeilo – Det hev ei rose sprunge
Edvard Grieg – Ave Maris Stella
Arr. Anders Öhrwall – Gaudete Suite
Jan Sibelius – En etsi valtaa loistoa
Arr. Barlow Bradford – Sankta Lucia
Einojuhani Rautavaara – Marjatan Jouluvirsi
7:00pm – Pre-concert talk by SCC director Freddie Coleman
7:30pm – Family carol sing-along
Jul, the Scandinavian Christmas holiday, is celebrated throughout December and traditionally lasts until St. Knut’s Day on January 13. The main celebration and the exchange of gifts takes place on Christmas Eve, December 24. Saint Lucia’s Day is celebrated during Advent, on December 13. It is a charming holiday that celebrates a Roman saint who wore candles on her head to light her way as she carried food to persecuted Christians in hiding. A wish for light and warmth is understandable at this time of year in the dark and cold of Scandinavia.
Scandinavia has contributed many traditions that we see celebrated in the United States, such as Advent wreaths, candles, and calendars. Christmas seals were first seen in Denmark. And the Scandinavian culture in turn adopted other European Christmas traditions, such as the German Christmas tree and the Dutch Santa Claus. The musical traditions are equally charming. Scandinavian Christmas music, often based on folk songs, blends cheer and melancholy into a unique sound.
The Seattle Choral Company will present a broad range of music from this region, from simple folk song arrangements to sophisticated classical settings of traditional and modern texts.
Tickets: $25 ($20 seniors, $5 students, child 6 to 10 free)