Join us! The 2014 Summer Festival
We are thrilled to offer one of Santa Fe’s most unique concert series for our 2014 Summer Festival. Culminating in a delightful performance of Mozart’s final masterwork, the Requiem, along with a number of arias featuring Mezzo Soprano Susan Graham, each and every concert on our classical series is a carefully curated pastiche of great choral music.
We are also excited to welcome back Voasis to Santa Fe for a program of pop and jazz favorites for the entire family. Voasis will also entertain you at our 2014 Gala, “You Only Sing Twice!” Get out the gowns and white jackets for a martini-sipping, dice-rolling, golden night of fun.
And please be sure to join us for the traditional Opening Night Dinner at La Terraza in La Fonda on Santa Fe’s historic plaza! We can’t wait to see you for this fabulous season of great music.
Mozart Requiem | August 7, 9 and 10
The Desert Chorale presents this masterwork along with Mozart arias and choral works with members of the Santa Fe Symphony and world-renowned Mezzo Soprano Susan Graham. Mozart never finished the Requiem, and some scholars argue that he even realized it foretold his own demise. A student, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, completed the Mass and delivered it to the anonymous commissioner of the piece, Count Franz von Walsegg, soon after Mozart’s death. Music Director Joshua Habermann will lead the chorus, orchestra and soloists in a modern completion and realization of the work by Robert D. Levin in a period-inspired performance with a chamber choir and players. Don’t miss this breathtaking performance of Mozart’s haunting last work in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
In collaboration with the Santa Fe Symphony. Underwritten by the Aceves-London Family Fund and the Mammel Foundation (Esperanza del Corazon Fund) through the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
The New World: Music of the Americas
This stellar program will transport audiences throughout the United States and southward through Central and South America in a selection of choice choral works ranging from traditional spirituals to interpretations of Spanish language classics. Arrangements and works by noted Americans Samuel Barber and Joseph Jennings mingle with new works from composers from throughout the Americas. The concert will feature performances of Jennings’ “Po’ Pilgrim Medley,” Barber’s “The Coolin” from “Reincarnations,” and an arrangement of the traditional Cuban song, “Guantanamera” by Electo Silva.
A spectacular offering of choral works from the Renaissance and beyond will open the Spanish Market in Santa Fe with music of Spanish master composers exploring the theme of mysticism. Spain has been Europe’s most exotic locale – home of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Teresa of Avila and El Greco – and provides a rich backdrop for mystical expression in the arts. The works of Tomás Luís de Victoria, Spain’s greatest Renaissance composer, are a mainstay in the fabric of sacred repertoire. As an added treat, the Desert Chorale will partner with guitarist and lutenist Richard Savino in this program that traces the mysticism of the composers, theologians and artists of Spain’s golden age to today.
A Romantic Evening with Brahms
Brahms is one of history’s “thinking man’s composers,” equally adept in the intimate subtlety of chamber music, art song, symphonic works and choral compositions. This “Romantic Evening” explores Brahms’ delicious works for chorus and piano. The secular themes of love and evening intertwine with the rich harmonies and evocative melodies that are Brahms’ signatures. Come celebrate this Germanic titan to help put audience members in a romantic, summertime mood for the evening of sumptuous choral masterpieces from one of history’s greatest composers.
Soaking up the Summer
Voasis returns for a summer run in “Soaking up the Summer” at Warehouse 21. Lauded by audience-goers in December for their unique blend, snazzy stage presence and fine-tuned arrangements of popular hits and jazz standards, the group will perform four special concerts in August to celebrate summer fun. Don’t miss another program of top-notch vocal pyrotechnics to close out your summer concert season. Produced by Deke Sharon from NBC’s The Sing Off and the film Pitch Perfect.