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Com­mon prayer: Han­del’s Mes­siah

For Santa Fe con­cert­go­ers, the of­fi­cial start of the Christ­mas sea­son is the an­nual in­to­na­tion of Han­del’s Mes­siah by the Santa Fe Sym­phony Or­ches­tra & Cho­rus. Han­del com­posed this beloved or­a­to­rio be­tween Aug. 22 and Sept. 14, 1741, which means it cel­e­brated its 275th birth­day only a cou­ple of months ago. Gary Thor We­dow re­turns to con­duct the Santa Fe con­certs, in which the soloists are also fa­mil­iar from past in­car­na­tions of this event: so­prano De­von Guthrie, mezzo-so­prano Daryl Freed­man, tenor Joshua Den­nis, and bass-bari­tone Joseph Beu­tel. Per­for­mances take place at 7 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 19, and 4 p.m. on Sun­day, Nov. 20, in both cases at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St. Tick­ets ($25-$80, with dis­counts for the young) are avail­able di­rectly through the sym­phony, at 505-983-1414 or 800-480-1319, or through www.tick­etssantafe.org, 505-988-1234. — James M. Keller

What a range: Clau­dia Vil­lela

Brazil­ian singer Clau­dia Vil­lela, com­ing to the Mu­seum Hill Café on Fri­day, Nov. 18, pos­sesses a rich voice that she uses in a hugely in­ven­tive va­ri­ety of ways — haunt­ing sus­tained notes, stac­cato per­cus­sion, and as horn, wah-wah, and didgeri­doo — and some­times she sings ac­tual words in both Por­tuguese and English. Her five-oc­tave range can seem to in­habit ter­ri­to­ries all the way from pic­colo to trom­bone, and her mu­si­cal moods run the gamut from dra­matic or ro­man­tic to purely ce­les­tial to comed­i­cally op­er­atic. The phe­nom grew up in Rio de Janeiro and has been a Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dent since 1984. She per­forms here with ac­cor­dion­ist and pi­anist Vi­tor Gonçalves. The mu­sic, pre­sented by the Santa Fe Mu­sic Col­lec­tive, be­gins at 7 p.m. in the café at 710 Camino Lejo. Call 505-983-6820 for avail­abil­ity. — Paul Wei­de­man If mu­sic be the food of love: Twelfth Night Wil­liam Shake­speare’s Twelfth Night, di­rected by Brian Gille­spie and star­ring stu­dents of Santa Fe Univer­sity of Art and De­sign’s Per­form­ing Arts Depart­ment, opens Fri­day, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Greer Gar­son The­atre (1600 St. Michael’s Drive). This pro­duc­tion of the gen­der-bend­ing ro­man­tic comedy is set on the French Mediter­ranean coast, circa 1960. A ship­wreck sep­a­rates Vi­ola from her twin brother, Se­bas­tian. She washes ashore in Il­lyria and dis­guises her­self as a boy named Ce­sario so that she can get a job, and Shake­spearean chaos en­sues. Ad­di­tional per­for­mances are at 7 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 19; 2 p.m. Sun­day, Nov. 20; and 7 p.m. Fri­day and Satur­day, Dec. 2 and 3. Tick­ets, $15 (dis­counts avail­able), can be pur­chased at www.tick­etssantafe.org or at the Greer Gar­son The­atre box of­fice the evening of the show. — Jen­nifer Levin

Dark pas­sage: Arc Iris

Stum­ble through the cat­a­combs to the cen­ter of the House of Eter­nal Re­turn and trance out to the hyp­notic strains of Arc Iris, a darkly melo­di­ous band from Prov­i­dence, Rhode Is­land. Their new al­bum, Moon Saloon (Bella Union), pushes the bound­aries of pop in­stru­men­ta­tion past the fa­mil­iar and into a murky un­der­ground, cre­at­ing a curious ten­sion with lead singer Jo­cie Adams’ un­fussy lyri­cal ap­proach. She es­chews lin­guis­tic flour­ishes in fa­vor of more di­rect sen­ti­ments, which she wails in a ghostly voice that seems to be try­ing to break free of an­cient con­straints. Arc Iris plays at the Meow Wolf Art Com­plex (1352 Ru­fina Cir­cle, 505-395-6369) on Sun­day, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tick­ets — $12 in ad­vance, $15 on the day of the show — are avail­able at www.me­ow­wolf.com. — J.L.

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