Sea­sonal back­lash: Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Orches­tra

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The Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Orches­tra, an en­sem­ble of ac­com­plished am­a­teurs, bucks the trend of the month by pre­sent­ing a con­cert that has noth­ing to do with hol­i­day mu­sic. On Sun­day, Dec. 14, at 2:30 p.m., at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium (New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.), Oliver Prezant con­ducts the en­sem­ble in Tchaikovsky’s emotionally for­ward Sym­phony No. 4 along with two less-fre­quently en­coun­tered works. Franz Ber­wald, who might be de­scribed as a Swedish Men­delssohn, met with only mod­er­ate suc­cess in the opera house and left mu­sic for a while to man­age a glass­works and a sawmill. At least his opera Estrella de So­ria achieved a suc­cès d’és­time when it was pro­duced in 1862; its Over­ture, which will be played here, sug­gests it de­served at least that. Also on the pro­gram is Vaughan Wil­liams’ bu­colic The Lark As­cend­ing, fea­tur­ing vi­o­lin­ist Kay New­nam. This is a free con­cert, although do­na­tions are ap­pre­ci­ated. For in­for­ma­tion, call 505-466-4879. — James M. Keller

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