Ran­dom Acts

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - — James M. Keller

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.

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