You can go back to Constantinople: Santa Fe Desert Chorale
The fourth of Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s programs for the summer opens this week: “Hidden Treasures of Byzantium,” which offers a-cappella sacred music from or relating to the Greek and Eastern Orthodox traditions of worship. The program includes liturgical chants, 18th- and 19th-century pieces by such figures as the Russian Vasily Titov and the Ukrainian Dmitri Bortniansky, and numerous items by 20th-century choral composers. The evening includes three movements from the Vigilia by Einojuhani Rautavaara, the senior eminence of Finnish composers, and the premiere performances of Aflame, a new piece by British composer Ivan Moody. Joshua Habermann conducts at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (131 Cathedral Place), at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 8. Tickets ($10 to $65) are available by calling 505-988-2282 or through www.desertchorale.tix.com. — J.M.K.