Immaculate Heart Chapel. Courtesy photo
As the “most wonderful time of the year” approaches, the 24 auditioned singers of Coro de Cámara are putting the finishing touches on the music for their upcoming performances.
The chorus, under the leadership of Artistic Director Nylea Butler-Moore, kicks off its 27 th season of outstanding choral music at 5 p.m., Saturday, December 3, with a short appearance at the County’s Annual Tree Lighting at the Municipal Building. Come in from the cold and enjoy Christmastime music favorites, light refreshments, special activities for the entire family, and the beautiful tree.
Coro de Cámara’s musical treats continue with two full-length performances of “Gloria!,” a program of festive and delightful holiday music. Concerts are 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at Immaculate Heart Chapel in Santa Fe and at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec.4 at the United Church in Los Alamos.
The “Gloria!” program is designed to enhance your celebration of the season with its variety of styles and glorious musical offerings. It features the jubilant opening chorus, “Jauchzet, frohlocket” from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio; Dominick Argento’s exciting “Gloria” from the opera, The Masque of Angels; and Franz Biebl’s sublime “Ave Maria.”
The Coro’s gifted pianist and Los Alamos native, Nathan Salazar, along with guest pianist, Dr. Nelly Case will present three intriguing carol arrangements for four-hands piano and chorus. Dr. Case, a college music professor and active performer, retired this spring after 25 years of teaching at SUNY, Potsdam (The State University of New York). Coro de Cámara is pleased to provide Dr. Case with her Los Alamos debut and to welcome her as a new resident of our town.
Also in the concert program, you will hear three joyful, contemporary carols for women’s voices, including “That Yongë Child” accompanied by flutist Niamh Short, a senior at Los Alamos High School, and “This Little Babe” from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols.
Percussionists within the chorus will accompany the group in the exuberant Nigerian carol, “Betelehemu,” which is sure to set your toes a-tapping. Singer Joe Cox will play piano on three selections in the second half of the program that offers holiday favorites such as “Feliz Navidad”; the swinging jazz classic, “Cool Yule,”; “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”; and a fun and surprising set of variations on “Jingle Bells.”
The Tree Lighting performance is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door for the two “Gloria!” concert performances. Suggested amount: $20 for adults, $10 for students.
Visit www.corodecamara-nm.org, for more information about these holiday musical events and for details about Coro de Cámara’s March and May 2017 concerts.