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'A Baroque Christmas' to be presented by Santa Fe Pro Musica

17 Dec 2013 7:29 AM
'A Baroque Christmas' to be presented by Santa Fe Pro Musica

Although those living in the capital city of New Mexico aren't tasked with dealing with as much winter weather as individuals in other regions are, they share in the celebratory holiday spirit just as much. That seasonal tradition will continue this year, as Santa Fe Pro Musica prepares for its upcoming performances of "A Baroque Christmas."

This elegant annual event, which will be shown a total of 10 times from Dec. 20 to Dec. 24 in the Loretto Chapel, is guaranteed to attract hundreds from the immediate and surrounding areas. Attendees will be treated to the sounds of Bach, Handel and Telemann - as well as a number of classic holiday carols - expertly crafted by the organization's baroque ensemble, which includes dozens of masterful musicians.

This year, mezzo-sopranos Deborah Domanski and Dianna Grabowski will join the instrumentalists, each headlining one show a night on Dec. 20, Dec. 23 and Christmas Eve. On Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, the 6 p.m. showing and 8 p.m. performance will feature both vocalists. 

"They're exhilarating," flutist and associate music director Carol Redman told the Albuquerque Journal. "The music we play is from one of the greatest eras in music history, the Baroque era. These concerts fill our souls."

During the show, the ensemble will perform the celebrated instrumental "Concerto pastorale" by Johann Melchior Molter, as well as "Mi lusinga il dolce affetto" and "Furibondo spira il vento" by George Frideric Handel, the news source reported. With rehearsals having taken place for much of the past several weeks, the musicians have committed these arrangements to memory, and have polished their respective parts. 

"The music we play is a lot of work," Redman continued, according to the Journal. "It's important that we program pieces that speak to us over and over again because we have to sustain our energy over five nights."

Domanski, Grabowski boast international resumes
The two female vocalists slated to perform for the Santa Fe Pro Musica holiday shows are sure to delight all who hear them sing, as they have each gained extensive experience in the spotlight. 

Domanski, who has appeared alongside the Santa Fe Opera, recently made her debut with the prestigious Hong Kong Opera. She has been lauded for her portrayal of Cherubino in "Le Nozze de Figaro" during her time with the Tulsa Opera, and has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.

Meanwhile, Grabowski has received recognition for her work as an accomplished opera singer, as well as a concert soloist with musical groups around the world, including Orpheus Chamber Singers. She has portrayed the title role in Offenbach's "La Périchole," and also as Céphise in Rameau's "Pygmalion" with the Dallas Bach Society. She has performed on both coasts - in both Boston and Berkeley - as well as in a baroque music festival in Bolivia

Multitude of tickets available for each performance
Aiming to provide ample opportunity for all who wish to revel in the holiday spirit, Santa Fe Pro Musica offers a variety of seating available and a range of prices for admission to the festivities. Tickets for each of the regular shows begin at $15, and go up to $65 for premier views. The final performances of the season, which will be held on Christmas Eve, will see tickets go for $20 to $70. Two shows will be held every night. 

Those looking to reserve their space for a particular performance can do so by calling the Santa Fe Pro Musica box office at (505) 988-4640 ext. 1000 or purchasing tickets online through http://www.tickets.com/search/?s=SFPM.