2014 Summer Festival Program Book

Mozart Requiem with Special Guest Susan Graham

The Desert Chorale presents this masterwork along with Mozart arias and choral works with 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 and the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir of Denver, Colo. Underwritten by the Aceves-London Family Fund and the Mammel Foundation (Esperanza del Corazon Fund) through the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

There will be a pre-concert lecture 60 minutes prior to each performance. For details please scroll to the bottom of this page.

AUGUST 7  and 9 |  8:00 p.m. |  Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, Santa Fe

AUGUST 10  |  4:00 p.m. |  Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque 

Tickets $15 – $120

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.

There will be a pre-concert lecture 60 minutes prior to each performance. For details please scroll to the bottom of this page.

JULY 10 | 19 | 25  AUGUST 2  | all 8:00 p.m.  |  Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, Santa Fe

JULY 27  |  4:00 p.m.  |  Cathedral Church of St. John, Albuquerque

Tickets $12 – $65

Spanish Mystics

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 along with percussionist Angela Gabriel in this program that traces the mysticism of the composers, theologians and artists of Spain’s golden age to today.

There will be a pre-concert lecture 60 minutes prior to each performance. For details please scroll to the bottom of this page.

JULY 17 | 20 | 24 | 29  AUGUST 5 | all 8:00 p.m.  |  Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe

Tickets $20 – $60


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. With pianist Debra Ayers.

There will be a pre-concert lecture 60 minutes prior to each performance. For details please scroll to the bottom of this page.

JULY 22, 26, 31  AUGUST 1  |  all 8:00 p.m.  |  First Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe

Tickets $20–$55

Soaking up the Summer

VOASIS returns for a summer run in “Soaking up the Summer” at Warehouse 21 as part of our 2014 Pop Series. 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. Music direction from Greg Jasperse.

AUGUST 15  8:00 p.m.

AUGUST 16  4:00 p.m.

AUGUST 16  8:00 p.m.

AUGUST 17  4:00 p.m.

Warehouse 21, Santa Fe

Tickets $22–$100

SAVE THE DATE: You Only Sing Twice (Gala Benefit feat. VOASIS)

VOASIS will also entertain you at our 2014 Gala, “You Only Sing Twice!” Get out the gowns and white jackets for a golden night of entertainment. Sponsorship opportunities available.

Thursday, AUGUST 14

Single Ticket: $150

Pre-Concert Lecture Series

Kyr is Philip H. Knight Professor of Music at the University of Oregon School of Music, where he is chair of the composition department and director of the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, Music Today Festival, and Vanguard Concert and Workshop Series. Kyr holds degrees from Yale (B.A. with Exceptional Distinction in Scholar of the House, 1974), the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., 1980), and Harvard (Ph. D., 1989), where he was also a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows (1978-81).

Kyr’s pre-concert lectures occur 60 minutes before each performance. The free lectures are underwritten, in part, by the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Pre-Concert Lecture Schedule

The New World: Music of the Americas (Cathedral Basilica, Santa Fe)

July 19 | approx. 7:00 p.m. – Chapel

July 25 | approx. 7:00 p.m. – Chapel

July 27 | approx. 3:00 p.m. – Cathedral Church of St. John (Albuquerque)

August 2 | approx. 7:00 p.m. – Chapel

Spanish Mystics Lectures (Inn & Spa at Loretto)

July 17 | 7:00 p.m. – Acoma North

July 20 | 7:00 p.m. – Acoma North

July 24 | 7:00 p.m. – Acoma North

July 29 | 7:00 p.m. – Chaco West

August 5 | 7:00 p.m. – Acoma North

A Romantic Evening with Brahms (First Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe)

July 22 | 7:00 p.m. – Chapel

July 26 | 7:00 p.m. – Chapel

July 31 | 7:00 p.m. – Chapel

August 1 | 7:00 p.m. – Chapel

Mozart Requiem (Cathedral Basilica, Santa Fe)

August 7 | 7:00 p.m. – Chapel

August 9 | 7:00 p.m. – Chapel

August 10 | 3:00 p.m. –Immanuel Presbyterian Church (Albuquerque)