You can go back to Con­stantino­ple: Santa Fe Desert Cho­rale

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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.

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