Festival Christmas Concert uplifts in Roseville

The annual Festival Christmas Concert at Roseville Lutheran Church will be Saturday, Dec.15, at 7:30 p.m.

The theme for this year’s program is “Let Our Spirits Rejoice.” The 85-minute concert will feature musicians from Roseville Lutheran’s vocal choirs, bell choirs, 14-piece brass choir, percussion, chamber orchestra and organ, along with scripture readings of the Christmas story and congregational singing. The prelude will begin at 7:15 p.m.

The backdrop for the concert is a massive 56- by 20-foot Advent mural, created by the late Moorhead artist David Hetland for the 2002 Concordia College Christmas Concert. It fills the front of the sanctuary with its powerful images and vibrant colors, visually drawing viewers to focus on its theme, “Prince of Peace — Hope of the World.” The word “Peace” appears in many languages. Hetland designed and painted many murals during his 27-year association with the Concordia Christmas Concert. This is one of the last of his large-scale works that has been preserved.

No tickets are required for the concert. Donations will be accepted. Roseville Lutheran is located at 1215 Roselawn Ave. W. between Lexington and Hamline avenues in Roseville. Directions to the church can be found at www.rosevillelutheran.org.

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