CHRISTMAS WITH WARTBURG

Make Christmas with Wartburg an annual tradition for your family.

For over 65 years, Christmas with Wartburg has been a traditional celebration that provides a fitting opportunity for Wartburg, as a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, to proclaim the Good News of Christ’s birth in word and song.

The four-concert series includes on- and off-campus performances attended by nearly 7,000 people each year. The program features the talents over 350 students from the Wartburg Choir, Castle Singers, and Wind Ensemble, which tour annually and travel abroad every third year, and The Ritterchor, St. Elizabeth Chorale, Kantorei, and Kammerstreicher (chamber orchestra).

Tickets are $18 for Waverly tickets and $20 for West Des Moines. Waverly dinners are available Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. at $25. Prices do not include processing fees.

National carriage dates for Christmas with Wartburg:

A one-hour program of highlights from Christmas with Wartburg 2015: “Rejoice in the Living Waters”
will be telecast on 69 channels in 13 U.S. states in the following locations/times.

KCSMDT KCSM HDTV Sunday 12/18/16 9 PM Prime Time PT 6 San Francisco San Mateo CA
KCSMDT KCSM HDTV Monday 12/19/16 2 AM Overnight PT 6 San Francisco San Mateo CA
KAWBDT6 Lakeland Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 15 Minneapolis Brainerd MN
KAWEDT6 Lakeland Plus Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 15 Minneapolis Bemidji MN
KTCADT2 tpt MN Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 15 Minneapolis St. Paul MN
KWCMDT3 Pioneer Minnesota Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 15 Minneapolis Appleton MN
KBYUDT KBYUDT Sunday 12/18/16 3 PM Mid Afternoon MT 34 Salt Lake City Provo UT
KBYUDT KBYUDT Wednesday 12/21/16 3 AM Overnight MT 34 Salt Lake City Provo UT
WCETDT3 CET Arts Sunday 12/4/16 8 AM Early Morning ET 36 Cincinnati Cincinnati OH
WCETDT3 CET Arts Sunday 12/4/16 2 PM Early Afternoon ET 36 Cincinnati Cincinnati OH
WCETDT3 CET Arts Monday 12/5/16 11 AM Mid Morning ET 36 Cincinnati Cincinnati OH
WCETDT3 CET Arts Monday 12/5/16 3 PM Mid Afternoon ET 36 Cincinnati Cincinnati OH
WCETDT3 CET Arts Monday 12/5/16 10 PM Prime Time ET 36 Cincinnati Cincinnati OH
WCETDT3 CET Arts Monday 12/12/16 11 AM Mid Morning ET 36 Cincinnati Cincinnati OH
KDINDT IPTV Monday 12/5/16 8 PM Prime Time CT 69 Des Moines Des Moines IA
KTINDT IPTV Monday 12/5/16 8 PM Prime Time CT 69 Des Moines Fort Dodge IA
WDCPDT WDCPDT Thursday 12/15/16 9 PM Prime Time ET 72 Flint-Saginaw Bad Axe MI
WDCQDT Q-TV Today HDTV Thursday 12/15/16 9 PM Prime Time ET 72 Flint-Saginaw Bad Axe MI
KWSUDT KWSU HDTV Saturday 12/10/16 9 PM Prime Time PT 73 Spokane Pullman WA
KBINDT IPTV Monday 12/5/16 8 PM Prime Time CT 74 Omaha Council Bluffs IA
KHINDT IPTV Monday 12/5/16 8 PM Prime Time CT 74 Omaha Red Oak IA
KYNEDT NET Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 74 Omaha Omaha NE
KYNEDT NET Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 74 Omaha Omaha NE
KYNEDT NET Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 74 Omaha Omaha NE
KNCTDT KNCT HDTV Thursday 12/15/16 9 PM Prime Time CT 87 Waco-Temple-Bryan Belton TX
KIINDT IPTV HDTV Monday 12/5/16 8 PM Prime Time CT 90 Cedar Rapids Iowa City IA
KRINDT IPTV Monday 12/5/16 8 PM Prime Time CT 90 Cedar Rapids Waterloo IA
KQINDT IPTV Monday 12/5/16 8 PM Prime Time CT 101 Davenport, IA Davenport IA
KHNEDT NET Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Hastings NE
KHNEDT NET Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Hastings NE
KHNEDT NET Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Hastings NE
KLNEDT NET Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lexington NE
KLNEDT NET Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lexington NE
KLNEDT NET Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lexington NE
KMNEDT NET Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Bassett NE
KMNEDT NET Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Bassett NE
KMNEDT NET Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Bassett NE
NET1 NET Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lincoln NE
NET1 NET Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lincoln NE
NET1 NET Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lincoln NE
KUON-X NET Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lincoln NE
KUON-X NET Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lincoln NE
KUON-X NET Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lincoln NE
KUONDT NET Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lincoln NE
KUONDT NET Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lincoln NE
KUONDT NET Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lincoln NE
NETE Nebraska Educational Television Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings NE
NETE Nebraska Educational Television Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings NE
NETE Nebraska Educational Television Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings NE
NETHD NET HDTV Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lincoln NE
NETHD NET HDTV Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lincoln NE
NETHD NET HDTV Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 105 Lincoln-Hastings Lincoln NE
KSMNDT3 Pioneer Minnesota Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 109 Sioux Falls, SD Worthington MN
KCGEDT3 KCGE Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 116 Fargo-Valley City Crookston MN
KCGEDT4 KCGE Lifelong Learning Channel Sunday 12/4/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 116 Fargo-Valley City Crookston MN
KFMEDT3 KFME Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 116 Fargo-Valley City Fargo ND
KFMEDT4 KFME Lifelong Learning Channel Sunday 12/4/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 116 Fargo-Valley City Fargo ND
KGFEDT3 KGFE Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 116 Fargo-Valley City Grand Forks ND
KJREDT3 KJRE Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 116 Fargo-Valley City Ellendale ND
KJREDT4 KJRE Lifelong Learning Channel Sunday 12/4/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 116 Fargo-Valley City Ellendale ND
KMDEDT3 KMDE Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 116 Fargo-Valley City Devils Lake ND
KMDEDT4 KMDE Lifelong Learning Channel Sunday 12/4/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 116 Fargo-Valley City Devils Lake ND
KACVDT KACV HDTV Sunday 12/18/16 4 AM Overnight CT 131 Amarillo Amarillo TX
KBMEDT3 KBME Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 140 Minot-Bismarck Bismarck ND
KBMEDT4 KBME Lifelong Learning Channel Sunday 12/4/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 140 Minot-Bismarck Bismarck ND
KDSEDT3 KDSE Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 140 Minot-Bismarck Dickinson ND
KDSEDT4 KDSE Lifelong Learning Channel Sunday 12/4/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 140 Minot-Bismarck Dickinson ND
KSREDT3 KSRE Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 140 Minot-Bismarck Minot ND
KSREDT4 KSRE Lifelong Learning Channel Sunday 12/4/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 140 Minot-Bismarck Minot ND
KWSEDT3 KWSE Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 140 Minot-Bismarck Williston ND
KWSEDT4 KWSE Lifelong Learning Channel Sunday 12/4/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 140 Minot-Bismarck Williston ND
WDSEDT WDSE PBS North HDTV Thursday 12/15/16 9 PM Prime Time CT 142 Duluth-Superior Duluth MN
WRPTDT WRPT HDTV Thursday 12/15/16 9 PM Prime Time CT 142 Duluth-Superior Hibbing MN
WDSEDT4 WDSE Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 142 Duluth-Superior Duluth MN
WRPTDT4 WRPT Minnesota Channel Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 142 Duluth-Superior Hibbing MN
KPBTDT KPBT HDTV Saturday 12/17/16 8 PM Prime Time CT 143 Odessa-Midland Odessa TX
KPBT-2 KPBT Saturday 12/17/16 8 PM Prime Time CT 143 Odessa-Midland Odessa TX
KPBTDT2 KPBTDT2 Saturday 12/17/16 8 PM Prime Time CT 143 Odessa-Midland Odessa TX
KSINDT IPTV Monday 12/5/16 8 PM Prime Time CT 149 Sioux City Sioux City IA
KXNEDT5 KXNE HDTV Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 149 Sioux City Norfolk NE
KXNEDT5 KXNE HDTV Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 149 Sioux City Norfolk NE
KXNEDT5 KXNE HDTV Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 149 Sioux City Norfolk NE
KXNEDT NET Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 149 Sioux City Norfolk NE
KXNEDT NET Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 149 Sioux City Norfolk NE
KXNEDT NET Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 149 Sioux City Norfolk NE
KYINDT IPTV Monday 12/5/16 8 PM Prime Time CT 153 Rochester, MN Mason City IA
KSMQDT4 KSMQ MN Sunday 12/25/16 10 AM Mid Morning CT 153 Rochester, MN Austin MN
KRNEDT NET Wednesday 12/14/16 9 PM Prime Time MT 172 Rapid City Merriman NE
KRNEDT NET Sunday 12/18/16 3 PM Mid Afternoon MT 172 Rapid City Merriman NE
KRNEDT NET Sunday 12/18/16 11 PM Late Fringe MT 172 Rapid City Merriman NE
WVPTDT WVPT HDTV Tuesday 12/13/16 8 PM Prime Time ET 177 Harrisonburg Staunton VA
WVPYDT WVPY HDTV Tuesday 12/13/16 8 PM Prime Time ET 177 Harrisonburg Front Royal VA
KCWCDT2 KCWC Create Sunday 12/25/16 9 PM Prime Time MT 197 Casper-Riverton Lander WY
KPTWDT2 KPTW World/Create Sunday 12/25/16 9 PM Prime Time MT 197 Casper-Riverton Casper WY
KTNEDT NET Wednesday 12/14/16 9 PM Prime Time MT 198 Cheyenne, WY Alliance NE
KTNEDT NET Sunday 12/18/16 3 PM Mid Afternoon MT 198 Cheyenne, WY Alliance NE
KTNEDT NET Sunday 12/18/16 11 PM Late Fringe MT 198 Cheyenne, WY Alliance NE
KTNEDT5 NET HDTV Wednesday 12/14/16 9 PM Prime Time MT 198 Cheyenne, WY Alliance NE
KTNEDT5 NET HDTV Sunday 12/18/16 3 PM Mid Afternoon MT 198 Cheyenne, WY Alliance NE
KTNEDT5 NET HDTV Sunday 12/18/16 11 PM Late Fringe MT 198 Cheyenne, WY Alliance NE
KWYPDT2 KWYP Encore & Create Sunday 12/25/16 9 PM Prime Time MT 198 Cheyenne, WY Laramie WY
KUACDT KUAC HDTV Tuesday 12/20/16 7 PM Prime Time AKS 202 Fairbanks Fairbanks AK
KUACDT KUAC HDTV Wednesday 12/21/16 1 AM Overnight AKS 202 Fairbanks Fairbanks AK
KPNEDT NET Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 209 North Platte North Platte NE
KPNEDT NET Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 209 North Platte North Platte NE
KPNEDT NET Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 209 North Platte North Platte NE
KPNEDT5 NET Wednesday 12/14/16 10 PM Late Fringe CT 209 North Platte North Platte NE
KPNEDT5 NET Sunday 12/18/16 4 PM Early Fringe CT 209 North Platte North Platte NE
KPNEDT5 NET Monday 12/19/16 12 AM Late Fringe CT 209 North Platte North Platte NE
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A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE

Thousands come from all over the U.S. to witness the full splendor of Christmas with Wartburg. This worshipful experience is different each year with new music and visual displays.

CONNECTING WITH MUSIC ON A SPIRITUAL LEVEL. WORTH IT.

CWW FAST FACTS

The holiday tradition that began in 1947 was remarkably similar in format to the current production It opened with the audience singing “O Come All Ye Faithful” while the Wartburg Choir and the Chapel Choir processed through the aisles of the Waverly High School auditorium, now the junior high auditorium.

Dr. Edwin Liemohn directed the Wartburg Choir, and Edfield Odegard directed the Chapel Choir in the first production. In what became a tradition until her retirement in 1968, art professor Helen Wright was responsible for the stage setting, which in 1947 featured a nativity scene.

Construction of the Chapel-Auditorium, later named Neumann Auditorium, created a new home for Christmas at Wartburg in 1961. Although the program has remained in the auditorium for most of the ensuing years, it moved back to Knights Gym in 1967 and 1968 and from 1976 to 1982.

Large murals were added to the program in 2003. Janice Bergland hand-painted several backdrops over the years, but were only used every few years. When Dr. Lee Nelson became the artistic director of the program, new murals were commissioned every year. Since 2011, Chris Knudson '01 has been the mural artist and moved the creation to a digital process. Knudson also designs lighting effects that match the design and theme for each year.

When Knights Gymnasium opened on the Wartburg campus, its stage became the Christmas concert venue, beginning in December 1949. The 1951 program was the first to use the title "Christmas at Wartburg." By that time, the Wartburg Band and the Castle Singers were included. Many of the early Christmas at Wartburg programs featured works by Castle Singers director Dr. E.A. Hovdesven and Wartburg Choir director Dr. Edwin Liemohn. Dr. Warren Schmidt joined the music faculty in 1950 and subsequently became Christmas with Wartburg organist for the next 40 years. He recalls moving a portative pipe organ to Knights Gym for the annual program, which by 1953 was attracting an audience of more than 1,500.

In 1968, the Wartburg Community Symphony Orchestra, an oratorio chorus, and the Wartburg Choir and Castle Singers performed Handel’s Messiah in the gym, followed the next year by Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, which included the local high school chamber choir and a sixth-grade select choir. The program moved back to Neumann Auditorium and took on a more dramatic flair in the early 1970s. The Castle Singers and the Wartburg Chamber Players presented A Christmas Carol in 1970 and The Play of Herod, a 13th century musical drama, in 1971, followed by Amahl and the Night Visitors in 1972. In 1973, drama students, the Wartburg Band, Castle Singers, Chamber Orchestra and Gospel Choir were involved in W.H. Auden’s Christmas Oratorio.

Opera star Simon Estes joined the Wartburg faculty in 2002 as distinguished professor and artist-in-residence, and began making regular appearances with Christmas with Wartburg as a soloist and with the Wartburg Choir. Choir director Dr. Paul Torkelson described Estes’ 2006 performance of Sweet Little Jesus Boy as one of the “incredible moments” in the program’s history. Estes retired from Wartburg in 2016.