Normally, this time of the year we often attend the Carol Advent service at the Cathedral. Enjoyable as that has proven to be, I decided to do something different this year. Every year, Minnesota Public Radio, in conjunction with its choral stream, delivers the Christmas festival from the St. Olaf’s auditorium on campus. For two hours, the program of choral arrangements was creative, original and brilliantly performed. A lot of original works showcased here. Especially impressive were the compositions involving audience involvement. ¬†Selections were from right across three centuries, involving Christmas themes from a number of wide ethnic backgrounds, and four large mass choirs performing. No soloists here. While I was unable to order the video portion of the concert, listening to it with running commentary created a very pleasant feeling of Christmas. I have picked up a couple of excellent Christmas recordings of ancient carols and motets through Hoopla and play them on the tablet while I am working on my blogs. What a great world of technological connectivity that allows us to tie in with so much high-class culture. ¬†As a regular listener to MPR Choral Music, I find its content to be of the highest quality: old hymns, anthems, oratorios, arias, psalms, chants, rounds, and negro spirituals. I have been in live concerts such as this where the air is electrifying with the combination of note and word coming together in praise. Tomorrow, I will spend some time checking out the various pieces in this presentation and see if they are available on YouTube.