ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Taos Pueblo artist/musician Robert Mirabal is having a stellar holiday season so far. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences recently nominated him for a Grammy — his third nomination in five years (and he already has two wins under his belt). The honor is for Mirabal’s newest album, Johnny Whitehorse: Riders of the Healing Road (Silver Wave Records), a collection of flute pieces inspired by Mirabal’s travels and encounters around the globe. In the spirit of the holidays, Mirabal is taking his popular Pueblo Christmas concert/storytelling event on the road. At 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, he brings the show to El Farol (808 Canyon Road) for two dinner performances. Reservations are available by calling 983-9912. Admission is $25, not including dinner. Winter is the perfect time to cuddle up with a hot toddy (that’s a drink) or perhaps head over to your favorite church to listen to seasonal classical music. If the latter is your preference, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, Serenata of Santa Fe presents Music for Winter Solstice, featuring the work of Dvorˇák, Gershwin, Purcell, Handel, and Bach at the Santuario de Guadalupe, 100 S. Guadalupe St. Tickets (at the door only, no credit cards) are $25, $20 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for those 6 to 18, and $1 for kids 5 and under (please, no cheating by dressing up as a baby). According to Serenata musician Pamela Epple, this will be the ensemble’s last performance in the Santuario for some time, as the parish is reformatting its seating space, and there will be no room for the group’s grand piano. Call 989-7988. In ancient days, oracles were seen as wise prophets who predicted the good, the bad, and the ugly. In Greek tragedy, these sages were usually paid for their honesty with a poke in the eyes, which blinded them. Today, things aren’t so bad. The Oracle Theater blends music, dance, and improvisational performance skills to pay homage to those in the know via The Living Tarot. The event invites patrons to ask questions and have The Fool, The Hermit, The Sun, The Moon, and The High Priestess act out the answers. The Living Tarot plays at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at The Pink Church, 1516 Pacheco St. Tickets are $18, and 15 percent of the proceeds benefit the movement to end female genital mutilation in Africa. Call 920-0199 for reservations. The Santa Fe Concert Band is now in its 26th season, and according to longtime band director Greg Heltman, the ensemble has presented a free annual holiday concert almost since its official incorporation in 1983. For the last eight years, the concert has been hosted by the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211W. San Francisco St., 988-1234). In 2009, that tradition continues. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, the Santa Fe Concert Band performs a medley of Christmas carols by American jazz trumpeter/composer Alfred S. Burt; Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” medley; and an ensemble-backed solo showcase of another favorite Anderson piece, “Clarinet Candy.” The group also presents the 12th-century Irish Nativity song, “Wexford Carol,” as well as a singalong of traditional holiday ditties, including “Silver Bells,” “White Christmas,” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” No advance tickets are required for this popular— and free— family-friendly event.