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Per­golesi’s Sta­bat Mater is sung by Santa Fe Desert Cho­rale; Charles Lloyd blows sax at the Len­sic; the Fes­ti­val of Song graces the Scot­tish Rite Cen­ter; and Santa Fe Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val presents noon­time concerts

Harry Bicket is the chief con­duc­tor of the Santa Fe Opera, where he is cur­rently lead­ing Gounod’s

Roméo et Juli­ette. He has been more widely as­so­ci­ated with ear­lier reper­toire, though, and he turns his at­ten­tion to the 18th cen­tury when he di­rects (from the or­gan) a con­cert pre­sented un­der the aus­pices of the Santa Fe Desert Cho­rale. Gio­vanni Bat­tista Per­golesi com­posed his Sta­bat Mater in early 1736, just af­ter he cel­e­brated his twenty-sixth birthday, which would be his last. By that time he had gained em­i­nence as an opera com­poser in Naples. Not long later, his sim­pli­fied op­er­atic style set off the Querelle des Bouf­fons, the aes­thetic de­bate that two cen­turies later in­spired Richard Strauss to write

Capric­cio — so there’s an­other Santa Fe Opera con­nec­tion. His Sta­bat Mater spot­lights two soloists, here so­prano Mered­ith Ruduski and mezzo-so­prano He­len Kar­loski, who are both cho­ris­ters with the Desert Cho­rale. Do not go ex­pect­ing a choral con­cert; the vo­cal com­po­nent is lim­ited to those soloists, who will be as­sisted by a small en­sem­ble of New Mex­ico mu­si­cians. The pro­gram is eked out by short pieces by Henry Pur­cell and John Blow. Per­for­mances take place at the Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, at 8 p.m. on Mon­day, Aug. 1, as well as on Aug. 7 and 10. Tick­ets ($20-$65) can be pur­chased by call­ing 505-988-2282 or through www.de­sertchorale.org. — J.M.K.

Harry Bicket

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