Rhapsodies, Baroque and American: Santa Fe Pro Musica
A few seats may still be available for the last concerts in the current run of Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble’s annual Christmas-season program at the Loretto Chapel (207 Old Santa Fe Trail), which this year includes music by Handel, Vivaldi, and Telemann, in addition to carol arrangements in period style. The final performances takes place at 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, featuring contralto Avery Amereau; and on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. (with mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski) and 8 p.m. (with Amereau). For tickets ($20-$75 on Dec. 23, $25-$80 on Dec. 24), inquire directly with Pro Musica (www.santafepromusica.com; 505-988-4640, Ext. 1000; 800-960-6680) or via www.ticketssantafe.org (505-988-1234). At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, Thomas O’Connor leads the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra in an all-American concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.). Michael Daugherty’s music often confronts pop emblems of questionable taste. His nine-minute Flamingo, written in 1991, was inspired principally by the once-ubiquitous pink lawn ornaments and secondarily by the actual birds, which he encountered at Florida’s Cypress Gardens theme park. Also on the program are Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (with pianist Melissa Marse). Tickets ($20-$75) can be had through the offices mentioned above.