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PLU was honored to put on Hope, the 2021 PLU Christmas concert after last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic. If you were able to join us in-person, thank you! This much-loved concert tradition is a cornerstone of the PLU Music Department, and it is because of attendees like you that we’re able to host this holiday celebration.

If you were unable to attend, or if you’d like to watch again, the concert web stream will be available on this page.

The annual Christmas concerts are but one part of a vibrant, busy performance season that showcases the collaborative work of an incredible faculty and talented students. We ask you to consider supporting these—and future—students in their PLU music journey.

Your gifts, of any size, support music scholarships and will help PLU students share their talent and exceptional work for years to come.

Behind the Scenes

Take a peek behind the curtain to see what it takes to produce and perform one concert at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle!

Download program

00:00 – Beginning

01:34 – Variations on Two French Carols (Guilmant)

05:04 – So Hallow’d the Time, Mvt I: Wisdom (Galante)

10:40 – Light Beyond Shadow (Forrest)

18:06 – Arise, Your Light Has Come (Danner, arr. Galante)

25:03 – Audience Carol: O Come, All Ye Faithful (arr. Willcocks)

28:55 – In the Bleak Midwinter (Darke)

34:26 – O Nata Lux (Lauridsen)

38:44 – Carol of the Bells

41:02 – Audience Carol: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (arr. Willcocks)

44:48 – Ave Maria (Biebl)

50:30 – So Hallow’d the Time, Mvt. V: Hope (Galante)

56:55 – Once in Royal David’s City (arr. Goeller)

1:01:26 – Of the Father’s Love Begotten (arr. Bell-Hanson)

1:04:52 – Audience Carol: Joy to the World (arr. Rutter)

1:07:23 – Rejoice and Sing this Christmas Morn (Daley)

1:09:50 – The Twelve Days of Christmas (arr. Keating)

1:14:05 – Descend to Earth (Burton)

1:17:43 – Ding! Dong! Merrily on High (arr. Wilberg)

1:21:11 – Audience Carol: Festival First Nowell (arr. Forrest)

1:26:29 – I Saw Three Ships (arr. Wilberg)

1:29:56 – A Child, My Choice (Nance)

1:35:09 – Silent Night (arr. Fissinger)

1:39:17 – O Holy Night (arr. Clydesdale)

1:45:35 – Beautiful Savior (arr. Tegels)

Need More Christmas?

When the pandemic prevented us from presenting a live concert in 2020, we produced a series of 12 videos as gifts to our PLU community.

If you can’t get enough Christmas, we’ve re-released our 2019 concert O Nata Lux for online viewing via YouTube.

Still need more? Take a look at our previous Christmas album recordings, now on sale with Lute Locker!