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Celebrate the season with pop music

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By Kirsten Laskey

Music can conjure up memories for listeners. It allows them to make a connection to a concert or the performers. Friday, Coro de Cámara will stir up listeners’ holiday memories during its Pops Christmas Choral Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.

Saturday, the concert will also travel to the Center for Spiritual Living located on 505 Camino De Los Marquez in Santa Fe. The show will begin at 7 p.m.

In addition to the classic favorites, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” “Silver Bells” and “Winter Wonderland,” the Coro de Cámara will also perform some contemporary tunes such as “Where are You, Christmas?” from Dr. Suess’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Believe” from “The Polar Express.”

“Even though a lot of songs are classics, we are doing arrangements that are more contemporary and jazzy,” Board of Directors President Laura Erickson said.

The concert will feature an informal atmosphere with the singers sitting on stools. It’s a concert the singers are excited to present. “I think all of us are enjoying the more jazzy arrangements … it’s just all fun music,” Erickson said.

Joining the Coro de Cámara, will be a jazz trio which includes Kelvin McNeal, on piano; Jon Gagan, on bass; and Cal Hines, on drums.

In addition to the concert, the audience will be treated to hot cider and cookies. They will also be invited to join in a sing-along. The Coro de Cámara is composed of 20 singers from Los Alamos and Santa Fe. The group has been around for almost 30 years. It began as an offshoot of the Los Alamos Choral Society.

Erickson said the Coro de Cámara started out signing Madrigals or a Renaissance style of music pieces. Today, she said, the group has expanded its repertoire to all music styles.

Coro de Cámara offers two concerts each year, one in the spring and other for the holiday seasons. Erickson said people are encouraged to attend both annual concerts, particularly the holiday concert. “It’s going to be very enjoyable and uplifting to hear the music.” Tickets cost $20 at the door and $15 for students and seniors.