Sounds of the el­e­ments: Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica Orches­tra

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The Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica Orches­tra, di­rected by Thomas O’Con­nor, of­fers works by three king­pins of the late Baroque: George Frid­eric Han­del, Ge­org Philipp Tele­mann, and An­to­nio Vi­valdi. Vi­valdi is rep­re­sented by the Au­tumn and Spring con­cer­tos from The Four Sea­sons (fea­tur­ing vi­o­lin­ist Cármelo de los San­tos). From Tele­mann comes the or­ches­tral suite Wa­ter Mu­sic, also known as The Ebb and Flow of Ham­burg, writ­ten in 1723 for the cen­ten­nial of the Col­lege of Ad­mi­ralty there; its 10 move­ments de­pict mytho­log­i­cal top­ics and genre scenes re­lat­ing to bod­ies of wa­ter. Han­del’s Mu­sic for the Royal Fire­works also graced what was meant to be a fes­tive cel­e­bra­tion, the 1748 sign­ing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, which brought to a provisional end the War of Aus­trian Suc­ces­sion. The fes­tiv­i­ties in London’s Green Park flopped. It rained, the fire­works were scanty, and an out­door stage caught fire and burned to the ground — all to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of Han­del’s lovely score. Per­for­mances are at 3 p.m. on Sun­day, Dec. 28, and at 6 p.m. on Mon­day, Dec. 29, at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium in the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art (107 W. Palace Ave.). Tick­ets ($20 to $ 65) are avail­able t hrough Tick­ets Santa Fe at t he Len­sic (505-988-1234, www.tick­etssantafe.org).

— J.M.K.

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