Home for the hol­i­days

A mu­si­cal round-up

Pasatiempo - - Music And Performance - Craig Smith For The New Mex­i­can

The re­li­gious feasts of Christ­mas and Hanukkah and the sec­u­lar cel­e­bra­tion of New Year’s Eve may be ter­ri­bly busy times for most peo­ple, but they of­fer an ad­dic­tive sense of ex­cite­ment. They are not only oc­ca­sions for re­newal and stock-tak­ing, gift-giv­ing, and par­ty­ing, but they also hark back to an an­cient past, when the bleak, cold depth of win­ter was the pivot point for na­ture’s long slog back to­ward the sun and re­newal. So it’s no won­der that mu­sic-mak­ing, whether in a church or a con­cert set­ting, is par­tic­u­larly tempt­ing dur­ing this sea­son. When it comes to fer­vent con­cert­go­ing, it’s hard to beat the month of De­cem­ber. Here’s a look at what’s com­ing up for hol­i­day mu­sic dif­fer­ent in the City Dif­fer­ent, organized by date.

The Santa Fe Women’s En­sem­ble’s an­nual A Christ­mas Of­fer­ing takes place at 7:30 p.m. Fri­day and Sun­day, Dec. 11 and 13, and Fri­day, Dec. 18, in Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, and at 3 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 20, at First Pres­by­te­rian Church, 208 Grant Ave. A num­ber of con­tem­po­rary works by MarkWinges, Guy Forbes, Paul Carey, Stephen Paulus, and Nancy Grun­dahl are planned, as well as tra­di­tional car­ols and the world pre­miere of a SFWE com­mis­sion by Kin­ley Lange.

Tick­ets range from $20 to $35 (with stu­dent dis­counts) and are avail­able at the door or by call­ing 954-4922.

Brit­ten’s A Cer­e­mony of Car­ols an­chors a 7 p.m. con­cert on Tues­day, Dec. 15, in Loretto Chapel and a Cathe­dral Church of St. John (318 Sil­ver Ave. S.W., Al­bu­querque) con­cert at 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Dec. 18, by Polyphony: Voices of New Mex­ico. Con­ducted by Max­ine Thévenot, the en­sem­ble— which varies in num­ber and gen­der de­pend­ing on reper­toire— is a fe­male group in this in­car­na­tion. Be­sides the Brit­ten, the group per­forms the world pre­miere of An­drew Ager’s Win­ter: An Evo­ca­tion, as well as mu­sic by Prae­to­ri­ous, Poulenc, Tarik O’Re­gan, and John Tavener, and tra­di­tional car­ols. Tick­ets are $16 to $35 in Santa Fe and $20 (with stu­dent and se­nior dis­counts) in Al­bu­querque, in ad­vance at polypho­nynm.com or at the door. Call 505-821-1956 for in­for­ma­tion.

The Santa Fe Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and Cho­rus of­fers a Feast of Car­ols and Cho­ruses con­cert at 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 17, at the Cathe­dral Basil­ica of St. Fran­cis of As­sisi (131 Cathe­dral Place). The Sym­phony Cho­rus, the Santa FeWomen’s En­sem­ble, and the Sym­phony Brass per­form car­ols and con­cert works by Holst, John Rut­ter, Z. Ran­dall Stroope, and Gio­vanni Gabrieli. There will be sin­ga­long cho­ruses from Han­del’s Mes­siah as well as tra­di­tional car­ols like “Si­lent Night,” “Oh Come All Ye Faith­ful,” and Span­ish can­ciones. The event is free on a first-come ba­sis. Call 983-1414.

The Santa Fe Desert Cho­rale brings back its an­nual Christ­mas con­certs with three reper­toires. Car­ols & Lul­la­bies is de­voted to sa­cred Chris­tian mu­sic rang­ing from Gregorian chant to con­tem­po­rary works, in­clud­ing Amer­i­can com­poser Con­rad Susa’s Car­ols and Lul­la­bies: Christ­mas in the South­west. Mu­sic di­rec­tor Joshua Haber­mann, who re­vi­tal­ized the en­sem­ble dur­ing his first sea­son this past sum­mer, has also pro­grammed fa­mil­iar car­ols in­clud­ing “Ríu Ríu Chíu,” “To­mor­row Shall Be My Danc­ing Day,” and “TheWex­ford Carol,” plus choral mas­ter­pieces by com­posers in­clud­ing William Billings, Jan Sand­ström, and Or­lando di Lassus.

A Chanukah Cel­e­bra­tion of­fers a look at the Jewish tra­di­tion with ser­vice mu­sic for syn­a­gogue use and con­cert pieces on Jewish themes by Louis Sal­adin, Schu­bert, and Eric Whi­tacre. A Fam­ily Hol­i­day Christ­mas fea­tures pop­u­lar fa­vorites plus more tra­di­tional car­ols with singers from the fourth to eighth grades join­ing in.

A Chanukah Cel­e­bra­tion takes place at 7 p.m. Tues­day, Dec. 15, at Tem­ple Beth Shalom, 205 E. Barcelona Road and at 2:30 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 13, at Con­gre­ga­tion B’nai Is­rael (4401 In­dian School Road N.E, Al­bu­querque). Car­ols & Lul­la­bies is set for 7 p.m. Fri­day and Mon­day, Dec. 18 and 21, at the Cathe­dral Basil­ica of St. Fran­cis of As­sisi and 7 p.m. Tues­day, Dec. 22, at Cristo Rey Catholic Church, 1120 Canyon Road; and at 4 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 20, Im­manuel Pres­by­te­rian Church (114 Carlisle Blvd. S.E., Al­bu­querque). The fam­ily con­cert is at 7 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 19, at Cristo Rey.

Tick­ets are $20 to $45 (with stu­dent dis­counts avail­able) from the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211W. San Fran­cisco St., 988-1234, or from Desert Cho­rale at 988-2282.

Works by Vi­valdi, Han­del, and Pur­cell an­chor Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica’s an­nual A Baroque Christ­mas con­certs in Loretto Chapel. Ea­gerly awaited each year, the events last about an hour without in­ter­mis­sion, with pieces cho­sen to fit Loretto’s live acous­tic. Be­sides mem­bers of Pro Mu­sica’s Baroque en­sem­ble, guest artists Kathryn Mueller and Me­lanie Ger­mond, so­pra­nos, per­form on al­ter­nate con­certs. They will sing arias from Han­del’s Solomon and Mes­siah as well as tra­di­tional car­ols.

The con­certs take place at 8 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 19, to Thurs­day, Dec. 24, and on Satur­day and Sun­day, Dec. 26 and 27. There are ad­di­tional 6 p.m. con­certs from Mon­day, Dec. 21, to Thurs­day, Dec. 24. Tick­ets are $15 to $60 (stu­dent dis­counts avail­able) through the Len­sic at 988-1234 or by call­ing Pro Mu­sica at 988-4640.

Serenata of Santa Fe of­fers Mu­sic for Win­ter Sol­stice at 3 p.m. Tues­day, Dec. 22, at the San­tu­ario de Guadalupe, 100 S. Guadalupe St. Per­form­ers are vi­o­lin­ists Martha Caplin and Joanna Jen­ner, vi­o­list Elena Sopoci, cel­list DanaWino­grad, and dou­ble bassist Aaro Heinonen; they will be joined by a num­ber of young in­stru­men­tal­ists rang­ing in age from 12 to 18 in this “Blur­ring the Lines” pro­gram that puts stu­dents on stage with their teach­ers.

Tick­ets, at the door only, are $25 with dis­counts for se­niors, stu­dents, and chil­dren. Call 989-7988.

The Santa Fe Con­cert As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual Christ­mas Eve con­cert this year in the Len­sic takes place at 5 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 24. Joseph Il­lick con­ducts young Amer­i­can starWendyWarner in Sa­muel Bar­ber’s Cello Con­certo; the con­cert closes with Beethoven’s Sym­phony No. 7 in A Ma­jor. Tick­ets are $28 to $84 at the Len­sic; call 988-1234.

Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica con­cert­mas­ter Stephen Redfield; op­po­site page, Carol Red­man, also of Pro Mu­sica Wendy Warner, play­ing in the Santa Fe Con­cert As­so­ci­a­tion’s Christ­mas Eve con­cert at the Len­sic

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