ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Santa Fe loves to chant, judging by the recent sold-out Krishna Das concert at the Lensic. Now, David Newman, aka Durga Das, is coming to town. He’s a master chant musician and recording artist whose Indian kirtan call-and-response songs incorporate rock and folk influences to create a unique style of devotional music that has earned him an international following. Newman, along with his wife, vocalist Mira, performs at Unity Santa Fe (1212 Unity Way) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and may be purchased at The Ark (133 Romero St., 988-3709) or Spandarama Yoga (815-A Early St., 989-1288). The show includes selections from the musicians’ new CD, To Be Home, co-produced by Newman and three-time Grammy winner Trina Shoemaker. In 2009, the oldest handcrafted instrument was found in a cave in Germany — a 35,000-year-old flute made from the hollowed-out bones of a vulture. The instrument’s modern incarnation can be heard when the Santa Fe Flute Choir, under the direction of Carol Redman, performs the music of Schumann, Bernard Wystraete, and Joseph Bodin de Boismortier at First Presbyterian Church at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 21. The concert is part of the TGIF 30-minute series held every Friday at the church (208 Grant Ave., call 982-8544 Ext. 16). Donations are appreciated.
When the Alhambra Decree forced Jews to leave Spain in 1492, some made their way to North Africa. (Many Jews who initially sought refuge in Portugal followed soon afterward, when similar measures were adopted there.) Vanessa
Paloma, an internationally known scholar and performer, presents a concert of Judeo-Spanish songs from
Morocco on Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m. Paloma, who lives in Casablanca, explains spiritual and mystical aspects of the songs of these Sephardic Jews, focusing on women’s roles in this musical traditions. She performs at Congregation
Beit Tikva, 2230 Old Pecos Trail. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, call 920-7771. Expect a lot more than tutus on stage at the School of
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Spring Recital at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St) at
7 p.m. Thursday, May 27. Fifty-five of the participants in the ASFB Folklórico program from Sweeney, César Chávez, Ramirez Thomas, and Salazar elementary schools take the stage in traditional Mexican costumes. That’s not to mention the other 125 students, aged 3 to 22, who perform classical ballet, creative dance, jazz, and tap. The evening showcases many of the upper-level students (27 in all) who have been selected to attend prestigious preprofessional summer workshops with top ballet companies and schools around the country. Tickets are $20 to $25, available from the Lensic; call 988-1234 or visit www.ticketssantafe.org.