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Kenneth Jennings

Director

Kenneth Jennings

Jennings is an alumnus of St. Olaf College and sang as a member of the St. Olaf Choir as an undergraduate. He received his master's degree from Oberlin College and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. Jennings was appointed to the faculty of St. Olaf College in 1953, and ascended to one of the world's most coveted choral podiums in 1968: Jennings was the third director of the internationally renowned St. Olaf Choir, succeeding founder F. Melius Christiansen and his son-successor, Olaf C. Christiansen. He retired from St. Olaf College in 1990, turning over the podium to his former student, Anton Armstrong. His Son, Dr. Mark Jennings, is the director of Choral Activities at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

As director of the St. Olaf Choir Jennings became noted for guiding and maturing the St. Olaf Choir from one rooted substantially in its 1911 era founding to arguably one of the most highly respected choral ensembles of the world.

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Discography

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St. Olaf Choir : At The Ordway Music Theatre : 00  1 CD : Kenneth Jennings :  : 1256

St. Olaf Choir : At The Ordway Music Theatre

Review: This album was recorded live by the St. Olaf Choir, Kenneth Jennings, conductor, at the magnificent Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. The concert commemorated the 300th anniversary of the birth of J.S. Bach & Heinrich Schutz.

Songlist: Singet dem Herrn, The King Shall Rejoice, Psalm 98: Singet dem Herrn, Agnus Dei , In Principio, Yea, Though I Wander, Beautiful Savior

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6717c 00 1 CD $14.98


St. Olaf Choir : Beautiful Saviour : 00  1 CD : Kenneth Jennings :  : 1260

St. Olaf Choir : Beautiful Saviour

Review: Kenneth Jennings directs the St. Olaf Choir in twelve Christian songs and hymns, all sung in English. "Three American Hymns" starts us off, followed by Paul Christiansen's "Easter Morning" and "King of Love," Grieg's "God's Son Has Made Me Free," Alexander Gretchaninoff's "Our Father" and "Nunc Dimittis," F. Melius Christiansen's lovely "Celestial Spring" and "Beautiful Saviour," Georg Schumann's "How Great Are Thy Wonders," Kenneth Jennings' "Today, Heaven Sings," Olaf C. Christiansen's (these guys have to be brothers) "Sing Nowell, Sing Gloria" and "Hacia Belen va un Borrico" arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw. A cappella, beautifully sung!

Songlist: Three American Hymns, Easter Morning, God's Son Has Made Me Free, Our Father, Celestial Spring, How Great Are Thy Wonders, Today, Heaven Sings, Sing Nowell, Sing Gloria, King of Love, Hacia Belen va un Borrico, Nunc Dimittis, Beautiful Savior

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6463c 00 1 CD $15.98


St. Olaf Choir : Go Tell It On The Mountain : 00  1 CD : Kenneth Jennings :  : 1735

St. Olaf Choir : Go Tell It On The Mountain

Review: Broadcast world-wide in 1989, this program of choral Christmas music was featured in a one-hour PBS special.

Songlist: Messiah, Prince of Peace, Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountian, Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers, Uns Ist Ein King Geboren, Before the Marvel of This Night, O Holy Child, Listen to the Sounds in Heaven, Past three A Clock, There Is No Roase of Such Virtue, A Christmas Carol, Tomarrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Sleep, O Love One, O Bethlehem, Rondeau , Carols from Around the World, Joy to the World, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth, How Still He Lives, Havia Belen Va Un Borrico, Wake, Awake, Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres, Beautiful Savior

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6718c 00 1 CD $14.95 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


St. Olaf Choir : Portrait of the Orient : 00  1 CD : Kenneth Jennings :  : 1637

St. Olaf Choir : Portrait of the Orient

Review: In celebration of the 75th anniversary of its founding, the St. Olaf Choir under the direction of Kenneth Jennings embarked on its first tour of the Orient. The choir sang concerts in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China and Hawaii. The tour was preceded by a gala concert at the World Theater in St. Paul.

Songlist: Sicut Cervus, Gloria , Laudate, Nunc Dimittis, Ejszaka/Reggel, The Promise of Living, Trols Chansons (Three Songs) I. dieu! Qu'il la fait bon regarder II. Quant j'ai ouy le tabourin III. Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain, A Feast of Lanterns, Two Japanese Folk Songs I. Chin Chin Chi Dori (A Plover's Song) II. Hanagasa-ordori (Umbrella Flower Dance), Go Tell it to The Mountian, Every Time I Feel The Spirit, Kangding Qingge (Love Song of Kangding), Pastorale (East Mongolian Folk Song)

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6716c 00 1 CD $14.98


St. Olaf Choir : Reflections of Norway : 00  1 CD : Kenneth Jennings :  : 646

St. Olaf Choir : Reflections of Norway

Review: This recording by the St. Olaf Choir under the direction of Kenneth Jennings was recorded live in The Grieg Hall at the Bergen International Festival in Bergen, Norway. The critics were unanimous in their praise of the concert: On many occasions we have had proof of the high standards of American University choirs, but among these St. Olaf stands at the very top . . . --Anton Chr. Meyer, Morgenavisen Bergen International Music Festival Of the many American choirs which have come to Norway over the years, St. Olaf Choir must be the very best. --Johan Kvandal, Aftenposten, Oslo

Songlist: Brazilian Psalm, I'm Going Home, I Believe This Is Jesus, Praise To The Lord, Sommersalm, Och Jungfrun Hon Gar I Ringen, Norge, Mitt Norge, Hvad Est Du Dog Skjon, O Crux, The Exaltation Of Christ,

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7894c 00 1 CD $15.98


St. Olaf Choir : Sing For Joy : 00  1 CD : Kenneth Jennings :  : 269

St. Olaf Choir : Sing For Joy

Review: The St. Olaf Choir, under the direction of Kenneth Jennings, sings a variety of Christmas music and Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes on this beautiful recording.

Songlist: O Yule, Full Of Gladness, Carol Of The Drums, Thy Little Ones, Dear Lord, Are We, Glory Be To God, Jeg er sa glad (I an so glad), A Spotless Rose, The Christmas Symbol, Wake, Awake for Night is Flying, Sanctus, New Songs Of Love

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6659c 00 1 CD $14.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


St. Olaf Choir : Choral Masterworks Vol. 4 : 00  2 CDs : Kenneth Jennings :  : E 3357/8

St. Olaf Choir : Choral Masterworks Vol. 4

Review: J.S. Bach Mass in B minor conducted by Kenneth Jennings, performed by the St. Olaf Choir and members of the St. Olaf Orchestra. May 26, 1972, St. Olaf College. Soloists: Cora Scholz, Marie Sathrum, Janis Hardy, Lloyd Hanson, Burr McWilliams.

Songlist: Kyrie, Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison, Gloria, Gloria, Et in terra pax, Laudamus te, Gratias agimus tibi, Domine Deus / Qui tollis peccata mundi, Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, Quoniam tu solus sanctus / Cum Sancto Spiritu, Symbolum Nicenum, Credo, Credo in unum / Deo Patrem omnipotentem, Et in unum Dominum, Et incarnatus est, Crucifixus, Et resurrexit, Et in Spiritum sanctum Dominum, Confiteor / Et expecto, Osanna, Benedictus,, Agnus Dei, et Dona Nobis Pacem, Osanna in excelsis, Benedictus, Osanna in excelsis, Agnus Dei, Dona nobis pacem

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2025c 00 2 CDs $24.95


St. Olaf Choir : Seoul Olympic Arts Festival : 00  2 CDs : Kenneth Jennings :  : 1635

St. Olaf Choir : Seoul Olympic Arts Festival

Review: An invitation to participate in the seoul Olympic Arts Festival in seoul, Korea, came as a spectacular honor to the St. Olaf Choir and director Kenneth Jennings . One of only five choirs in the world to be so honored, the St. Olaf Choir participated with four other choral groups, one each from Germany, Brazil, Canada and Japan, in a week-long International Choral Festival as part of a month-long celebration of the arts prior to the opening of the 1988 seoul Olympic Games. This two-disc live recording is from the "Regents' Concert" in Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, on August 11, 1988, sponsored by the St. Olaf College Board of Regents as a festive send-off for the choir.

Songlist: Singet Dem Herrn, Psalm 50 , Vision of Peace , Collect for Peace , Alleluia , All You Works of the Lord , I Saw A Stranger Yestere'en , In the Beginning, Gloria Dios , I'm Going Home , Keep Your Lamps! , Two Korean Folk Songs , Shenandoah , Beautiful Savior

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7066c 00 2 CDs $24.98

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