When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
The Santa Fe Men’s Camerata and the Zia Singers present
Tickets at Door: $20, free for students under 18
The Santa Fe Men’s Camerata and the Zia Singers, both directed by Karen Marrolli, join forces for a concert of holiday music and readings, Sat. Dec 1, at 7 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 2, at 4 p.m., at the Scottish Rite Center. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at the door. Students under 18 are free.
The program, which combines 45 men and women's voices, consists of both music and readings that reflect the diversity of the holiday season, from ancient carols such as “Gaudete,” to the more familiar holiday fare “Carol of the Bells,” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Readings range from the sacred to the secular, acknowledging the multiple aspects of the Christmas season -- like Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Who Stone Christmas -- as well as ancient celebrations of Yule.
There is a global aspect to the program, too, which includes a international variety of different sounds and musical traditions; the Hebrew folk hymn “Hine Ma Tov,” the African Christmas song “Betelehemu,” the Spanish carol “Riu Riu Chiu,” and Celtic renditions of familiar carols such as “Patapan,” and “I Saw Three Ships.” The program also features a new gospel-flavored carol by Santa Fe composer Faith Amour, “I Saw the Star.”
"Essentially, the program is meant to reflect the holiday experience from the perspective of a variety of cultures and time periods," said choir director Karen Marrolli.