Sangre de Cristo Chorale Spring Concert In Los Alamos

Guest Conductor Cora Harms

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The Sangre de Cristo Chorale is celebrating American composers in its Spring Concert “American Voices” in Los Alamos at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road. 

The Chorale will sing music of beloved American choral composers Samuel Barber, Morten Lauridsen, Randall Thompson and others. The selections have the added inspiration of poetry from Shakespeare to Langston Hughes making it a performance not to miss.

Cora Harms is guest conductor for the spring season. Harms holds a M. M. in choral conducting from the University of New Mexico. Recently retired from teaching in the Santa Fe Public Schools, her undergraduate degree in music education also is from UNM. Even in retirement, she continues to use her teaching skills as music director for Pandemonium Productions (children’s music theater), as a teaching artist for The Santa Fe Opera’s ALTO integrated arts program and Opera Makes Sense program for preschoolers, as well as serving as an accompanist for voice classes and instrumental recitals at the New Mexico School for the Arts.

The Chorale welcomes back Nate Salazar, a native of Los Alamos, who will accompany the 2014-2015 season. Salazar holds a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan where he studied with Martin Katz. He made his orchestral debut in 2004 with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. His musical travels have taken him to England, Scotland, Italy, Russia and throughout the United States. He performed in the International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music where he worked with Teresa Berganza. Salazar is the accompanist at the New Mexico School for the Arts.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at sdcchorale.org 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. In addition to the Los Alamos concert, the performance will be repeated in Santa Fe at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave.

About the Sangre de Cristo Chorale

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 outreach.

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