Chicago Arts Orchestra; Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra with violinist Colin Jacobsen; Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Rapture, Blister, Burn; Música Antigua de Albuquerque
The Chicago Arts Orchestra appears as part of an incentive of Santa Fe’s Spanish Colonial Art s S ociet y involving colonial-period music in New Spain. Several New Mexico instrumentalists and vocal soloists, as well as a recently founded Albuquerque a mateur chorus called Coro Lux, will eke out the performing roster of t he chamber orchestra, which is directed by Javier José Mendoza. The principal work on the program is Al combate, an ode written in Mexico City by Ignacio Jerusalem to honor the coronation of Carlos III of Spain in 1759. The program also includes a symphony by Jerusalem and two sacred arias by Santiago Billoni. The performance begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4, at St. Francis Auditorium (New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave., 505- 476-5072), with a preconcert introduction at 7:30 p.m. (open to ticketholders) between Mendoza and musicologist Drew Edward Davies. Tickets ($15-$50) are available from www.chicagoartsorchestra.org. — J.M.K.
King Carlos III