The production of the 2016 Christmas Concert, “Christmas at Concordia: Gather Us In, O Child of Peace,” has earned a regional Emmy.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences held the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Gala on Oct. 7, where the award was announced. Produced by Twin Cities Public Television, the award was given in the category of special event coverage and featured the 2016 Concordia Christmas Concert.
“It is a tremendous experience to collaborate with such committed artists to create this Christmas experience each year,” said Dr. René Clausen, artistic director of the concert. “To have our work recognized with this award is gratifying.”
“Christmas at Concordia: Gather Us In, O Child of Peace” showcases the talents of nearly 400 student musicians in four choirs and the orchestra. The students had to bring their best musicianship and expressive faces for every rehearsal and performance. The crew from Twin Cities Public Television recorded one dress rehearsal and three concerts, taking the best from each recording for the program.
“Bringing Christmas at Concordia – the artistry of the ensembles and the stunning signature mural – to audiences across the country is a real honor for us,” said Lisa Blackstone, the program’s senior producer. “Receiving recognition from our peers for this outstanding production is a testament to the beauty and joy that emanates from Concordia.”
The Concordia Christmas Concert celebrated its 90th year in 2016. This Christmas tradition has become a signature event for the college and the community.
“It’s an honor to be a part of a Christmas Concert that is all about proclaiming the Christmas narrative with song, visual art, and fantastic lighting,” said Dr. Michael Culloton, conductor of three Concordia vocal ensembles. “It’s a team effort, so this award has to be shared by all involved and celebrated by the whole college community.”
“Christmas at Concordia: Gather Us In, O Child of Peace” will be broadcast nationally on public stations this Christmas season. Watch your local listings for times.