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Hark!

Angels, tenors and kings sing this holiday season

December 4, 2013, 12:00 am

Already tired of “Santa, Baby” and “Feliz Navidad” on the radio? Close your eyes and tap into a different brand of holiday music. Why not try something that is centuries old and not on an endless loop in every shopping center, or catch a dance performance that strays from The Nutcracker? Classical music graces Santa Fe stages year-round, but it’s during the holidays that an especially robust schedule of choral groups as well as the strains of orchestras and ensembles is at hand.

Fit for a King
The King’s Singers are six British men who regularly tour through Santa Fe—sometimes to sold-out crowds. Blending their voices a cappella in music that runs the gamut from Bach to “Flight Of The Bumblebee,” they are sure to produce a memorable acoustic dreamscape fit for their historic concert venue.
7:30 pm Friday, Dec. 6. $20-$55. Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, 131 Cathedral Place, 988-1234

Santa Fe Opera Holiday
Three young singers from the Santa Fe Opera are set to perform the arias, carols, songs of the season and classical and sacred works. Tenor twins Joshua and Joseph Dennis along with soprano Sara Heaton—all former apprentices—join pianist Kirt Pavitt.
5:30 pm Friday, Dec. 13. Free. First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave., 982-8544

Festival of Song
Now in its 32nd season of sublime singing, the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble is among one of the oldest performing arts troupes in the city. The 14-member group presents four chances to catch their 2013 Winter Festival of Song.
7 pm Friday, Dec. 13, 7 pm. $20-$35. Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, 982-0092; 3 pm Saturday, Dec. 14. $25. First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave., 982-8544; 7 pm Thursday, Dec. 19 Loretto Chapel, $20-$25; 3 pm Saturday, Dec. 21. $25. Immaculate Heart of Mary, 50 Mt. Carmel Road, 988-1975

Their Winter Song to You
The Albuquerque-based New Mexico Men’s Gay Chorus visits our town and promises a reflection on the cold and warmth of the winter season through songs that are love letters.
7:30 pm Friday, Dec. 13. $10-$20. James A Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road, 476-6429

Christmas Treasures
Although most celebrated this time of year for their annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” Joseph Young conducts the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a holiday medley concert that includes “Suite from Polar Express,” by American composer Alan Silvestri, among others.
4 pm Sunday, Dec. 15. $20-70. Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco St., 988-7050

A Rat Pack Christmas
Santa Fe Desert Chorale promises “the lighter side of Christmas” in a finger-snapping, smooth-singing repertoire of ’50s and ’60s favorites. The event includes champagne and hors d’oeuvres in a gallery setting during the concert and a silent auction to benefit the choral ensemble.
6 pm Tuesday, Dec. 17. $80. LewAllen Galleries Downtown, 125 W Palace Ave., 988-2282

Chuscales: Forever in My Heart This 3rd annual flamenco holiday concert features Jose Valle Fajardo, the guitarist known as Chuscales, joined by Vicente Griego, a Dixon/Embudo singer who performs regularly with Yjastros. Dancers Mina Valle Farajdo and Juan Siddi Alvar promise a whirling festive celebration that also includes an appearance by Janira Cordova, a flamenco dancer who is a student at St. Michael’s High School.
7:30 pm Friday and Saturday Dec. 20-21. $30. El Museo Cultural, 555 Camino De La Familia, 992- 0591

A Baroque Christmas
Santa Fe Pro Musica presents its holiday favorite, A Baroque Christmas, which features a Baroque ensemble and either mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski or Dianna Grabowski performing works of Handel, Telemann, Purcell, Molter and a round of traditional carols. These concerts sell out every year.
6 pm and 8 pm Friday-Tuesday, Dec. 20-24, $20-$70. Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, 988-4640

Dress Rehearsal
Rather than staying up late on Christmas Eve, take the family to this afternoon performance of the Santa Fe Concert Association’s Christmas Eve Orchestra. It promises to last under two hours and includes a 15-minute intermission.
2 pm Tuesday, Dec. 24. $10. Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco St., 988-7050

The Real Deal
The annual Christmas Eve concert by the Santa Fe Concert Association is all Beethoven, all the time. Young violinist Caroline Goulding treats concert goers to Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 and Maestro Joseph Illick leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. 24.
5 pm Tuesday, Dec. 24. $25-$95. Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco St., 988-7050


 

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