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Broadway and opera music to be heard Saturday

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By Special to the Monitor

Coro de Cmara will present its spring concert this weekend as the final performance of its 25th anniversary season. “Opera and Sondheim: Choruses from the Opera and Broadway Stages” features as guest soloists three opera singers with local ties to New Mexico. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the United Church in Los Alamos.Additionally, a concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Santa Fe.Soloist Rena Harms, soprano; Natasha Flores, mezzo-soprano; and Tim Willson, tenor; have performed with the Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Metropolitan and San Francisco Opera companies. They will join Coro de Cmara in choruses from “Dido and Aeneas,” “Carmen,” “La Traviata,” and Mozart’s “Idomeneo.” Other composers featured in the first half of the concert are Giacomo Puccini, Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini and G.F. Handel.Harms returns home to Santa Fe for these performances. She is a former Santa Fe Opera apprentice, and is the daughter of Cora Harms, a previous director of Coro de Cmara. She and Flores, another former apprentice, are currently members of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera.“This is the first time that we have done a collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera,” said Jan Watson, Coro de Cmara board president. “We are very pleased to work with these professional singers, two of whom are at the beginning of what promises to be brilliant careers.”The second half of the Coro de Cmara concert features music by Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. “The pairing of Sondheim’s music with the traditional opera choruses from the concert’s first half provides the thematic ‘marriage’ of the two sections,” said Catherine Robinson, Coro de Cmara director. “Sondheim is my favorite music theatre composer. His use of harmonic structure, melodic line and text is brilliant.”The group will perform choruses from “A Little Night’s Music,” “Company,” “Into the Woods,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Sunday in the Park with George.”Coro de Cmara singers take on solo roles in the Sondheim choruses. Performing from a musical theatre score is a new experience for most Coro members.“It’s not just the note reading, but it’s trying to find their character’s name amidst all the other character names and lines, stage directions, orchestra cues and notation,” Robinson said. “It’s been a rewarding challenge.”Sondheim’s musicals have won numerous Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Score and “Sunday in the Park with George,” inspired by the painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” by French impressionist painter Georges Seurat, won the Pulitzer for Drama.”Coro de Cmara is the chamber chorus of Los Alamos and Santa Fe. The 21 singers from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Jemez Springs and Albuquerque volunteer their time and talent to provide a unique musical experience for northern New Mexico. Coro de Cmara started in 1982 and was initially known as a small group of Los Alamos madrigal singers. The group has expanded its membership and its repertoire. Cindy Little of Los Alamos serves as the group’s accompanist.Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors. They are available from Coro members or at the door. Coro de Cmara is a nonprofit organization and depends on ticket sales and donations to cover expenses. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 159, Los Alamos. See www.coroddecamara-nm.org forr more information.