Jan Worden-Lackey plays Bach; the New Year’s Eve Orchestra ushers in 2019 with Tchaikovsky; Schola Cantorum presents seasonal chant and polyphonic settings; and Santa Fe Pro Musica tackles the complete Brandenburg Concertos
It’s Christmastide in the city: Jan Worden-Lackey
Even in a year filled with vicissitudes, music lovers know they can always turn to Johann Sebastian Bach to keep them steady. In the final TGIF recital of 2018, Jan Worden-Lackey plays an all-Bach recital on the C.B. Fisk trackeraction organ of First Presbyterian Church (208 Grant Ave.). Her program comprises two chorale preludes, the Prelude and Fugue in C major (BWV 547), and the Pastorale (BWV 590), a work rich in Christmastide references. The half-hour performance begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. As with all concerts in the weekly TGIF series, this one is free, with contributions welcomed. — James M. Keller
2018’s sacred send-off: Schola Cantorum
Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe, a vocal chamber ensemble devoted to sacred music, rounds out the year with a concert at Loretto Chapel (207 Old Santa Fe Trail) at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. The group’s wide-ranging seasonal repertoire includes selections of chant in addition to polyphonic settings by medieval and Renaissance luminaries Guillaume de Machaut (the Gloria from his
Messe de Nostre Dame, the towering masterwork of the 14th century), Josquin des Prez, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Tomás Luis de Victoria, as well as carol arrangements. Tickets ($20.50 for adults, $15.50 for students) can be reserved through brownpapertickets .com. — J.M.K.
Tchaikovsky for the New Year
Joe Illick conducts the New Year’s Eve Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 and Piano Concerto No. 1 (with soloist Olga Kern). The concert takes place at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 (tickets $30-$80), but music lovers may instead consider attending the open rehearsal at 1 p.m. that afternoon ($20, but only $5 for kids). Both take place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.). These parallel the former New Year’s Eve concerts by Illick and what was called the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra; for concertgoers, the change of name and presenter is largely administrative. Tickets are available through ticketssantafe.org, 505-988-1234. — J.M.K.
Call Bachs: The Brandenburg Concertos
In 1721, Johann Sebastian Bach submitted six concertos, each using a different group of players, in a job application to the Margrave of Brandenburg. No employment resulted, but the name of Brandenburg nonetheless remains connected to this collection, which explores the outer limits of lateBaroque instrumental music. Every few years, the musicians of Santa Fe Pro Musica play the complete set at the holiday season, as they will at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, with Thomas O’Connor conducting them at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.). Consult sfpromusica.org (505-988-4640, ext. 1000) or ticketssantafe.org (505-988-1234) for ticket availability. — J.M.K.