Performance Santa Fe and Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble each put on their annual Christmas concerts; Skylight hosts a benefit for Standing Rock water protectors; and Chanukah is celebrated on the Plaza and on ice at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center
For its annual Christmas Eve concert, the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Illick, offers two big-boned Russian classics: Rimsky-Korsakov’s
Scheherazade and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The former is a musical depiction of chapters from The Arabian Nights (aka One Thousand and One Nights). The setup is that, in order to prevent his wives from being unfaithful, an Iranian, preIslamic sultan weds a succession of them for one night per and executes each the next morning before she has a chance to cheat on him. (What a catch, that guy!) Scheherazade, however, escapes this fate by unspooling stories every night but withholding the conclusion. The sultan continually spares her so he can hear how the story ends, but she immediately gets him hooked on a further tale. Rimsky-Korsakov’s captivating set of four tone poems spotlights the concertmaster in a solo role — here, Richard Rood. The Prokofiev concerto marks a return visit from pianist Claire Huangci. The concert takes place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.). Tickets ($27-$100) are available from Performance Santa Fe directly (www.performancesantafe.org; 505-984-8759) or through www.ticketssantafe.org (505-988-1234). The dress rehearsal, that afternoon at 1 p.m., is styled as a family concert with a reduced entry fee of $20 for adults and $5 for kids.