SANTA FE – The Sangre de Cristo Chorale will present its spring concert, Celebration!, at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the United Church of Los Alamos.
The concert repertory celebrates the considerable contribution of American composers and arrangers made to the rich palette of choral music. The first half of program honors Leonard Bernstein on the celebration of the centennial of his birth with contrasting examples of his creative work including his “Chichester Psalms” and “West Side Story.”
The second half of the program features tributes to American folk music and the African American Spiritual. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Attendees age 18 and younger are free. Advance tickets may be ordered online at www.sdcchorale.org.
Celebration! will be conducted by guest conductor Dr. Doyle Preheim. Preheim served as the Sangre de Cristo Chorale’s Music Director from 2004 to 2012. Preheim is Professor Emeritus of Music, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana where he directed choirs and taught voice, conducting, music history and church music for 30 years before moving to Santa Fe in 2003. He relocated to Colorado in 2016 after also teaching private voice and serving as an instructor of Voice at the College of Santa Fe/University of Art and Design for eight years in Santa Fe.
When asked to describe the concert, Preheim said, “This has been an amazing 40 years of creating community through song. We also celebrate the amazing people that have given their time and talents and shared passion for singing.” Nate Salazar will be piano accompanist.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the mission of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale is to entertain, educate, unite, and inspire singers and audiences by performing great choral music.