Holiday music is a subtle art. For some people, energetic carols and traditional Christmas tunes are the seasonal fare. Others go in for more subdued sacred choral works, while yet others prefer a variety of classical favorites. Whatever your preference, Santa Fe has something for you. Here is a selection of some of the holiday offerings available for the seasonally musical-minded. Also be sure to check out SFR’s caroling article.
New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus
The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus presents Vignettes of Christmas, a holiday concert of short musical pieces: “The Bells,” “’Tis the Season,” “Christmas Gaiety” and more.
7 pm Saturday, Dec. 18. $15-$20. First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant St.
Sangre de Cristo Chorale
For its Celebrating Children concert, the Sangre de Cristo Chorale performs John Rutter’s Mass of the Children.
2:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 14. $20 general admission; students 18-and-under free. Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community, 11 College Ave.
Santa Fe Community Orchestra
The Santa Fe Community Orchestra’s Winter Concert features Gioacchino Rossini’s Overture to “William Tell”; Darius Milhaud’s Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 136; and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances,
2:30 pm Sunday, Dec. 5. Free. St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave.
Santa Fe Concert Association
The Santa Fe Concert Association presents Beethoven and Rossini: Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Rossini overtures and arias sung by tenor Richard Croft.
5 pm Friday, Dec. 24. $20-$84. Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St.
Santa Fe Desert Chorale
At the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s Winter Festival 2010: Carols and Lullabies, you can enjoy both—in Baroque, Renaissance and classical styles.
8 pm Friday, Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 17, 20 and 21. $20-$55. Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, 213 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe Men’s Camerata
The Zia Singers & Santa Fe Men’s Camerata collaborate for the first time in six years for their first-ever Christmas show.
8 pm Saturday, Dec. 4; 4 pm Sunday, Dec. 5. $20 adults; students free. Scottish Rite Temple, 463 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe Opera
The Santa Fe Opera Singers present Arias, Carols and Songs.
6 pm Thursday, Dec. 9. Free. Cristo Rey Church, 1120 Canyon Road
Santa Fe Pro Musica
Santa Fe Pro Musica goes back in time for A Baroque Christmas. Seating is reserved, so be sure to call in advance.
6 pm and 8 pm Sunday, Dec. 19; Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 21-24; and Sunday, Dec. 26. Dec. 24 $20-$70; all other nights $15-$65. Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus
The Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus hosts two holiday shows. Christmas Delights is full of old-timey Christmas favorites. And Carols & Choruses includes such high-profile pieces as Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite.
Christmas Delights: 7 pm Tuesday,
Dec. 16. Free. Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, 213 Cathedral Place. Carols & Choruses: 4 pm Sunday, Dec. 19. $20-$70. Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St.
Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble
The Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble presents the aptly named A Christmas Offering.
7:30 pm Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 and 12; Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17 and 18. $20-$35. Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail
Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe
Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe presents El Niño—The Christ Child, traditional religious songs of northern New Mexico and Spain. For NoŽl Nouvelet—The First Christmas, it offers up a collection of holiday music, old and new.
El Niño: 7 pm Saturday, Dec. 11. Free. San Miguel Mission, 401 Old Santa Fe Trail. NoŽl Nouvelet: 7 pm Sunday, Dec. 19. Free. Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 417 Agua Fria St.