CHRISTMAS EVE SPECIAL ON CBS TELEVISION NETWORK DEC. 24, 2006A Christmas Special from Sioux Falls, South Dakota
This special Christmas concert, with a brief segment of prayer has been an annual interfaith gathering at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Joseph, in Sioux Falls for well over a decade. Music, for the Christmas season, was provided by The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Henry Charles Smith, conductor emeritus. The Cathedral Choir and other choirs, including a children’s choir, along with soloist, Susan Almjeld, filled out the musical portion. An actor helped dramatize some of the musical transitions and the newly ordained Bishop of Sioux Falls, Bishop Paul Swain welcomed everyone to the Cathedral and lead the brief prayer and offers a Blessing to all. The program was a rich presentation of music, prayer and a seasonal, and timely, hope for peace.