Home is where the voices are
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