Meet the “Bran­den­burgs”: Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica Orchestra

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The Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica Orchestra, con­ducted by Thomas O’Con­nor, has made a tra­ver­sal of Bach’s

Bran­den­burg Con­cer­tos a hol­i­day tra­di­tion. Bach com­piled th­ese six con­cer­tos — each for a dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tion of in­stru­ments — to sup­port an ap­pli­ca­tion for a job he didn’t get, but in pos­ter­ity they grew to num­ber among his most widely loved com­po­si­tions. It’s hard to top the “Bran­den­burgs” when it comes to sheer ex­u­ber­ance. Mu­si­cians look for­ward to nav­i­gat­ing their per­fectly plot­ted pages, and au­di­ences never fail to be swept up in their op­ti­mistic vigor. Per­for­mances take place at 6 p.m. on Tues­day, Dec. 29, and Wed­nes­day, Dec. 30, at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium (New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.) Tick­ets ($12-$69) are avail­able from Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic (505-988-1234, www.tick­etssantafe.org) or di­rectly through the Pro Mu­sica box of­fice (505-988-4640, Ext. 1000). — J.M.K.

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