ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Bummed because there’s barely any snow on the mountain and you’re itching for fresh powder? While you wait for a holiday miracle, check this out. From 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta, 989-4423) hosts the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association’s nine-member Charlie Parker Jazz Ensemble, led by David Parlato, and the 11-member Miles Davis
Jazz Ensemble, led by Richard Snider. Composed of students from area middle and high schools, the groups perform works by Davis (“Freddie Freeloader”), John Coltrane (“Blue Train”), Jerry Herman (“Hello Dolly”), Johnny Mercer (“I’m an Old Cowhand”), Oliver Nelson (“Stolen Moments”), and others. Admission is by donation. What if Charlie Brown and friends grew up to be teenagers? That’s the premise of a dark comedy that parodies the Peanuts comic strip. Featuring scenes at funerals, parties, and of course, high school, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is performed by Chrysostomos, a
St. John’s College theater group. Performances take place at the college’s Great Hall (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca) at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10; 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11; and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $5, and the show is “recommended for mature audiences only.” For more information, call 984-6139. The music departments of many universities maintain a collegium that is devoted to the performance of early music.
Santa Fe University of Art and Design tweaks the model a bit with its Collegium XXI, which performs some early music but also tends to contemporary scores and even crosses into world music and jazz. Steve Paxton leads this ensemble — as well as the university’s contemporary-music-department chorus (with faculty soloists) — in a program that ranges from Dufay to Brubeck at the
Scottish Rite Temple, 463 Paseo de Peralta, at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13. Tickets ($10, $5 for students) are available at the door. The Santa Fe Symphony Brass and Chorus and the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble offer a program of English and Spanish carols, with part of the concert being an audience singalong. Steven Smith and Linda Raney share the podium. This free concert at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (131 Cathedral Place) begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. The event has been popular in past years, so concertgoers who arrive at the last moment may find there is no room at the inn. Savvy Santa Feans should show up closer to 6:15 p.m., which is when the doors open.