Venice high­lighted: Santa Fe Desert Cho­rale

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This week Santa Fe Desert Cho­rale in­tro­duces two pro­grams into its sum­mer mix. At 8 p.m. on Tues­day, July 21, it un­veils “Vene­tian Splen­dor” at Loretto Chapel (207 Old Santa Fe Trail). Joshua Haber­mann will con­duct eight singers plus lutenist Richard Savino and or­gan­ist Jan Lackey in more than a dozen works from 16th- and 17th­cen­tury Venice. Clau­dio Mon­teverdi tow­ers over all; he’ll be rep­re­sented by, among other pieces, his “Non havea Febo an­cora,” with the fa­mous “La­mento della Ninfa” at its cen­ter (from his Madri­gali guer­ri­eri, et amorosi ,of 1638), and the rol­lick­ing “Ze­firo torna,” a ci­ac­cona for two tenors and basso con­tinuo (from his Scherzi

mu­si­cali of 1632). Other well-known com­posers in the lineup in­clude Bar­bara Strozzi and the two Gabrielis (un­cle An­drea and nephew Gio­vanni). Fif­teen com­po­si­tions by 10 com­posers make up a pro­gram ti­tled “Ser­e­nade to Mu­sic,” which opens at 8 p.m. on Thurs­day, July 23, at the Church of the Holy Faith (311 E. Palace Ave). At its cen­ter is Ralph Vaughan Wil­liams’ piece of the same name set to words from Shake­speare’s The Mer­chant of Venice. Here, its lush or­ches­tral score will be re­duced to an ar­range­ment that uses just pi­ano (De­bra Ay­ers) and vi­o­lin (David Fel­berg) to as­sist the cho­rus and soloists (again with Haber­mann con­duct­ing). Shorter works from a broad span of Bri­tish mu­sic, from the Re­nais­sance un­til prac­ti­cally our own time, round out the evening. The two pro­grams con­tinue in al­ter­na­tion through Aug. 4. Tick­ets ($20 to $55) are avail­able by call­ing 505-988-2282 or through www.de­sertchorale.org. — James M. Keller

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