Nov. 19, 2020 – Dec. 27, 2020

Many of our member colleges offer holiday events — and there's an art sale too — that are open to the public. (All listed times are Central Standard Time.)
 

Augsburg University

Advent Vespers Service 
Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

For more than four decades, Augsburg University has ushered in the Advent and Christmas seasons with Advent Vespers, a magnificent experience of music and liturgy, focusing on the theme of preparation and culminating in the joyful celebration of the Incarnation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we celebrate Advent Vespers this year. We invite you to join us for a series of devotional and worship events online throughout the week — led by alumni, Board of Regents members, faculty, and students — culminating on Dec. 4 with the virtual 41st Annual Advent Vespers.

Full information about the devotional and service links will be added to the website as details are finalized.

Cost: Free
 

Bethany Lutheran College

Christmas at Bethany
Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.

The beloved music event of the year, Christmas at Bethany returns in a new format.  The concert will be available to stream online. You can also watch recordings from previous year's concerts.

Cost: Free
 

Bethel University

Festival of Christmas 
Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Bethel’s talented student musicians will share their musical gifts in a filmed Christmas concert that will be streamed on Bethel’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Cost: Free
 

College of St. Benedict / Saint John's University

Celebrating the Season
Dec. 4-25

This year, we cannot gather to share the magic of Celebrating the Season or Christmas at Saint John’s, but we can still connect across the miles. Beginning Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m., a recording of highlights from past concerts will be available. Gather your close family and enjoy music for the season of Advent and Christmas. This free video will be available to stream through Christmas Day. Whether you are near or far, you’re invited to take part in this treasured tradition. Participating ensembles include:

  • CSB/SJU Brass Choir • Justin Zanchuk, conductor
  • CSB/SJU Chamber Choir • Axel Theimer, conductor
  • CSB Women’s Choir • Susan Vollbrecht, conductor
  • SJU Men’s Chorus • Axel Theimer, conductor
  • Amadeus Chamber Symphony • Axel Theimer, conductor

Cost: Free
 

Concordia College

Christmas Concert: Sun of Justice, Reveal the Dawn
Dec. 18-27

Since 1927, the Concordia Christmas Concerts have become a vital part of life within Concordia College, the community-at-large, and the Upper Midwest. This year, Sun of Justice, Reveal the Dawn will be held virtually December 18-27. We are excited to celebrate this tradition in a new format and to bring the Concordia Christmas Concert to your home!

In addition to our four choirs and The Concordia Orchestra, this concert will for the first time welcome The Concordia Band and The Concordia Percussion Ensemble to our Christmas celebration! Each ensemble will record in mid-November in Memorial Auditorium, and the concert will be released on December 18th.

Information on registering to view the concert will be posted online in November.

Cost: Free
 

Concordia University, St. Paul

Go Tell It on the Mountain
Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The 2020 Fine and Performing Arts Christmas Concert will be available on CSP's YouTube channel. It will be able online through Jan. 15, 2021.

Cost: Free
 

Gustavus Adolphus College

Christmas in Christ Chapel 
Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

In the midst of a global pandemic and ongoing social discord, Christmas in Christ Chapel 2020 Healer of the Nations, Come will proclaim God’s healing presence made manifest in the salvation story, renewing mind and spirit through life – giving music, dance, spoken word and visual arts.

The pre-recorded service will premiere on Saturday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. and be available for on-demand viewing following the debut performance.

Cost: Free
 

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

MCAD Art Sale
VIP access: Nov. 19, beginning at noon
Free: 8 a.m. Nov. 20 to midnight Nov. 21 

Now in its 23rd year, the MCAD Art Sale is one of the most anticipated art events in the Twin Cities, featuring nearly 7,000 pieces of art from more than 400 student and alumni artists. The MCAD Art Sale is an opportunity for community members to discover affordable, one-of-a-kind art while supporting the professional development of emerging artists. Since its inception, emerging artists have earned more than $3.3 million in sales.

As always, you will be able to browse original, affordable artwork by MCAD students and alumni. And as always, this event supports emerging artists: 80% of the sales go directly into their pockets, and proceeds fund student scholarships. New this year, we're adding a Digital Showcase to amplify the incredible work of animation, film, multimedia and installation students. 

In 2020 we are thrilled to offer the Art Sale you can shop from home, anywhere in Minnesota or Wisconsin. We are offering convenient curbside pick-up for all orders; shipping will not be available. 

Cost: Free, but give $50 or more to the Art Sale Scholarship to receive VIP access
 

Saint John's University / College of St. Benedict

Celebrating the Season
Dec. 4-25

This year, we cannot gather to share the magic of Celebrating the Season or Christmas at Saint John’s, but we can still connect across the miles. Beginning Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m., a recording of highlights from past concerts will be available. Gather your close family and enjoy music for the season of Advent and Christmas. This free video will be available to stream through Christmas Day. Whether you are near or far, you’re invited to take part in this treasured tradition. Participating ensembles include:

  • CSB/SJU Brass Choir • Justin Zanchuk, conductor
  • CSB/SJU Chamber Choir • Axel Theimer, conductor
  • CSB Women’s Choir • Susan Vollbrecht, conductor
  • SJU Men’s Chorus • Axel Theimer, conductor
  • Amadeus Chamber Symphony • Axel Theimer, conductor

Cost: Free
 

St. Olaf College

St. Olaf Christmas Festival 
Dec. 6 at 3:30 p.m.

St. Olaf College will present All Earth is Hopeful, a digital concert and musical program celebrating the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season. Although nothing can or should substitute for the communal and elevating exchange that happens between musicians and in-person attendees of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival, this musical program is intended to offer healing and hope to thousands, whether they have experienced the festival in person, watched a live stream, listened on the radio, or viewed it through public television. Although the program will not include students from this year, All Earth is Hopeful will showcase music captured from recent Christmas Festival programs plus additional material from festivals not seen in many years.

Fans of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival tradition will be also able to experience music through additional mediums this holiday season:

  • St. Olaf will again collaborate with Minnesota Public Radio to offer a separate one-hour long radio program featuring archival recordings, interviews, and other features. This program will be heard on public radio stations nationwide.
  • St. Olaf will distribute, in cooperation with Twin Cities Public Television, a new one-hour long television program featuring material from the 2019 Christmas Festival, A New Song of Grace and Truth, on PBS+ television stations nationwide.
  • St. Olaf College’s sacred music radio program Sing For Joy will offer a 30-minute radio version of the 2019 Christmas Festival that will be distributed to its affiliate stations.

Cost: Free
 

University of St. Thomas

A St. Thomas Christmas: Respite and Grace 
Available beginning Dec. 18

The University of St. Thomas is pleased to present its 33rd annual Christmas concert, A St. Thomas Christmas: Respite and Grace. With a program of choral and instrumental music for the Christmas season, over 300 student performers are featured in six of the university's ensembles. Performing in the concert are Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Donne Unite, Liturgical Choir, String Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

This year's virtual concert will be featured on the St. Thomas YouTube page in mid-December.

Cost: Free, but register online to receive the link by email.