Easter fare: Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica Baroque En­sem­ble

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Ev­ery year the Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica Baroque En­sem­ble springs into ac­tion at Loretto Chapel (207 Old Santa Fe Trail) for con­certs dur­ing the days lead­ing up to Christ­mas and Easter. Mu­sic from the 17th and 18th cen­turies is al­ways the fare. This year’s Holy Week con­certs in­clude a large-scale clas­sic: the Sta­bat Mater by Gio­vanni Bat­tista Per­golesi, whose sur­name re­flects his fam­ily’s ori­gins in the town of Per­gola, in the Ital­ian re­gion of Marche, a few miles in­land from the Adri­atic. Much of his short life (1710-1736) was spent in Naples, where he un­veiled nine of his 10 op­eras. His Sta­bat Mater, a 12-move­ment piece that spot­lights two soloists (here so­prano Kathryn Mueller and mezzo-so­prano Deb­o­rah Do­man­ski), is a work from his fi­nal year, a no­table set­ting of a li­tur­gi­cal poem specif­i­cally re­lated to Holy Week. Per­for­mances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs­day and Fri­day, April 2 and 3, and at 6 p.m. on Satur­day, April 4. Tick­ets ($20-$65) can be ob­tained through Pro Mu­sica (505-988-4640; www.santafe­pro­mu­sica.com) or www.tick­etssantafe.org (505-988-1234). — James M. Keller

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