Colleges celebrate season with campus holiday concerts

Campus & Community Faith & Spirituality Music

October 20, 2021

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University will present “Christmas with Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s” at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Abbey and University Church on the Saint John’s campus.

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Due to COVID-19 protocols, the traditional Saturday evening concert at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis will not occur this year, and the location for the two campus concerts will move from the Great Hall to the Abbey and University Church.

“It has been a joy and privilege to lead the artistic team as we have planned this year’s ‘Christmas with Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s’ concert,” said Bradley Miller, CSB/SJU visiting associate professor of music. “Despite the challenges we face during these difficult times, I am confident that we have created a rich and deeply-moving program for our students and audience members. We are grateful to have preserved many of the time-honored and signature pieces which, year after year, continue to connect CSB/SJU musicians past and present to this beloved tradition and to one another.”

The total program length is approximately one hour. Performing groups will include: CSB/SJU Chamber Choir; SJU Men’s Chorus; CSB Women’s Choir; St. John’s Boys’ Choir; CSB/SJU Brass Choir; and Kim Kasling on organ.

Beloved annual pieces to be performed include: “The Glory of the Father” (Egil Hovland); “Personent Hodie” (arr. Lara Hoggard); “There Shall A Star Come Out of Jacob” (Felix Mendelssohn) and “Hallelujah Chorus” (G.F. Handel).

A setting of “Silent Night” (arr. Richard Elliot) will feature the massed choirs and Kasling on the expanded Abbey and University Church pipe organ.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, there will be no audience carols this year.

For the 2021-22 academic year, audience members will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the performance. Masks will continue to be required inside the venue, at this time. The complete Fine Arts Performance Safety Guidelines are available online.

Ticket prices for the concerts are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and employees at CSB and SJU. Members of Saint Benedict’s Monastery and Saint John’s Abbey are free. All tickets are general admission.

Tickets will be available, starting on Thursday, Oct. 28, online at or through the Benedicta Arts Center ticket office at 320-363-5777.

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