Ran­dom Acts

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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.

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