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Creative and com­pas­sion­ate voices ra­di­ate much-needed warmth amid the win­ter weather — the San­gre de Cristo Cho­rale and St. El­iz­a­beth Shel­ter are com­bin­ing forces to raise money and aware­ness to help those forced to live on our city streets. Songs of the Spirit, a char­ity con­cert per­formed by the cho­rale, ben­e­fits the shel­ter. With its many fa­cil­i­ties de­signed to help in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, and those who suf­fer from sub­stance abuse, St. El­iz­a­beth main­tains one of the most ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity out­reach pro­grams in Santa Fe and North­ern New Mex­ico.

Cathe­dral Basil­ica of St. Fran­cis of As­sisi hosts the con­cert. The bill in­cludes Ge­orge Frid­eric Han­del’s “Sing Unto God,” An­ton Bruck­ner’s “Lo­cus iste,” and a se­lec­tion from Ves­perae solennes de confessore byWolf­gang Amadeus Mozart, among other pieces. Both in­sti­tu­tions have an ex­ten­sive record of char­i­ta­ble work through­out the city. Formed in 1978 and made up of vol­un­teers from Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Al­bu­querque, the cho­rale has held youth work­shops and com­mu­nity con­certs ev­ery sea­son since its in­cep­tion. Led by di­rec­tor Doyle Pre­heim, the cho­rale per­forms eclec­tic reper­toire that ranges from hymns to folk-in­spired com­po­si­tions. St. El­iz­a­beth Shel­ter opened in 1986. One of the shel­ter’s new­est projects is Casa Fa­milia, which is de­signed to meet the de­mands of a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of women and chil­dren in need.

Songs of the Spirit takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Feb. 5, at Cathe­dral Basil­ica of St. Fran­cis of As­sisi (131 Cathe­dral Place). Tick­ets, $20, may be or­dered at St. El­iz­a­beth Shel­ter (804 Alarid St.) or on­line at steshel­ter.org. Call 982-6611 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Singing for some­one’s sup­per: mem­bers of the San­gre de Cristo Cho­rale; above, di­rec­tor Doyle Pre­heim

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