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The Sangre de Cristo Chorale begins its 36th season with the holiday concert “Deo Gracias,” 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.
Commemorating the centenary of Benjamin Britten, the 45-member chorale will sing movements from “A Ceremony of Carols,” one of the best loved of all Britten’s masterworks. Seasonal works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Morten Lauridsen, John Rutter, Irving Berlin and Stephen Paulus also will be on the program, along with traditional English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Caribbean carols.
Joining Artistic Director Dr. Maxine Thévenot and the chorale will be guest instrumentalists playing harp, trombone, trumpet and oboe. Lynn Gorman-DeVelder will perform two harp solos, both arrangements of songs from the British Isles.
Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for students with a valid ID (discounts are available: those under 18 can attend at no charge when accompanied by an adult).
Tickets can be purchased in advance at sdcchorale.org or at the door. The program also will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Avenue in Santa Fe.
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 development.