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2012 holiday concerts planned around New Mexico

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The Santa Fe Opera’s holiday concerts, “Arias, Carols and Songs,” return to Roswell, Santa Fe and Albuquerque in December.  Soprano Mary-Jane Lee and tenor Matthew Grills, both former apprentices, will perform a program of classical and sacred works as well as music of the season.
Flutist Valerie Potter and members of Young Voices, the Opera’s program for high school students, will join them. Baritone Alex Harden, who has been a member of Young Voices for the past three years, will sing the hymn “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.” He is from Tijeras. Kirt Pavitt is the pianist for all three performances.
The Roswell performance of “Arias, Carols and Songs” will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Anderson Museum. The Santa Fe performance is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Cristo Rey Catholic Church.
The Albuquerque concert Dec. 16 will take place in a new venue, Simms Auditorium on the campus of the Albuquerque Academy, at 3 p.m.
The concerts are free and everyone is welcome. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis and the doors open one-half hour before each performance.
Lee was an apprentice in 2011 and 2012. She received her bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.