Sounds of the elements: Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra
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).