The Sangre de Cristo Chorale is celebrating its 35 anniversary and capping the season with its Spring 2013 Concert, titled “Celebrating Our Past, Present and Future.”
The Los Alamos performance is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
Led by new artistic director Maxine Thévenot in celebrating this milestone, the chorale will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” with orchestra and soloists. Several additional pieces, including a choral drama and a new commissioned work, will add to a concert program distinguished by musical creativity and variety.
At the Los Alamos concert, graduating seniors who are winners of the chorale’s Hastings Smith Memorial Vocal Scholarship will be announced. Edmund Connolly, Sangre de Cristo Chorale’s accompanist who joined the group this season, will also play for the performance.
Joining the 45-member chorale for its anniversary performance are current and returning high school apprentices and alumni chorale members. Among concert soloists, two regional apprentices will be featured: baritone Devin DeVargas, who currently sings with the chorale, and soprano Ingela Onstad, who apprenticed from 1997 to 1998.
Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Prices are $20 for adults, $10 for high school and college students, and concert admission is free for those 18 and under when accompanied by adults. To order tickets, call 505-988-1234 or visit ticketssantafe.org.
In addition to the Los Alamos concert, the performance will be repeated in Santa Fe at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12 at First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave.
The Sangre de Cristo Chorale was formed in 1978 as a group of committed volunteer singers who support each other in the joy of shared musical excellence. The chorale performs a wide variety of quality choral music in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and surrounding areas. The group strives to touch the hearts of listeners, educate and inspire young people, and connect with the community. With a goal of encouraging New Mexico’s young singers, in 1993 the chorale expanded its program to include youth development.