Ran­dom Acts

New Mex­ico Per­form­ing Arts So­ci­ety and Santa Fe Women’s En­sem­ble join forces in the name of Brahms; Michael Ging plays a TGIF or­gan con­cert

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Beat­ing the win­ter blues: New Mex­ico Per­form­ing Arts So­ci­ety

The New Mex­ico Per­form­ing Arts So­ci­ety and Santa Fe Women’s En­sem­ble join forces for a vo­cal and in­stru­men­tal con­cert that fea­tures works for women’s choir by Brahms (in­clud­ing his sump­tu­ous Four Songs, Op. 17, with ob­bli­gato harp and horns), ar­range­ments of De­bussy pieces, and the premiere of “Lo Lanu Ha-shem” by Aaron Al­ter. Linda Raney and Franz Vote take turns on the podium. The con­cert be­gins at 5:30 p.m. on Sun­day, Jan. 6, at the Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary Chapel, 50 Mount Carmel Road. Tick­ets ($38.50-$47; dis­counts for se­niors, fam­i­lies, and stu­dents) can be ac­quired through nm­pas.org or hold­myt­icket .com (877-466-3404). — James M. Keller

Or­ganic melodies: Michael Ging

Or­gan­ist Michael Ging per­forms the first of the new year’s weekly, half-hour TGIF con­certs at First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave.) at 5:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Jan. 4. A grad­u­ate of the or­gan de­part­ments of Ober­lin Con­ser­va­tory and Rice Uni­ver­sity, he is cur­rently pur­su­ing his doc­tor­ate at the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton. His recital on the church’s C.B. Fisk track­er­ac­tion in­stru­ment opens with one of Bach’s most ex­tra­or­di­nary or­gan works, the Pièce d’Or­gue (BWV 572), and con­tin­ues with mu­sic by Louis Vierne, Je­han Alain, and Mau­rice Du­ru­flé. As with all con­certs in the se­ries, it is free, with con­tri­bu­tions wel­comed. — J.M.K.

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