Classical Christmas Concerts in Santa Fe

Editor | - December 19, 2012

"Holiday music fills the air in Santa Fe this time of year..."

Santa Fe is a city known for its delightful holiday season. Its world-class opera house attracts talent from all over the world that spills out into the city proper. The classical-minded event goer can catch a glimpse of this during the 2012 holiday season.

Young prodigy Emily Bear, in conjunction with the Santa Fe Concert Association Orchestra, will be performing a Christmas Eve set of classical and jazz favorites, along with some of the 11 year-old virtuoso's original compositions. From Vienna to the White House, Bear stuns audiences around the world. Santa Fe is the next destination for her incredible talent. 

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale has a series of dates to add to your calendar. Taking place Dec 19 is The Lighter Side of Christmas, which includes champagne and hors d’oeuvres before a silent auction benefitting the chorale's educational programs. Concluding the evening will be a vocal performance by SFDC members. Three performances of the SFDC's "Carols and Lullabies" on Dec 20, 21 and 22 will fill the cathedral with songs such as 'Ave Maria', 'Glory Hallelujah to the Newborn King' and 'Go Tell It on the Mountain' before culminating in Sir Malcolm Sargent’s arrangement of 'Silent Night.'

Utilizing the fantastic acoustics of the Loretto Chapel will be Santa Fe Pro Musica's Baroque Ensemble. Two concerts each evening at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. beginning on Dec 20 and running through Christmas Eve include selections from Purcell, Vivaldi and Corelli as well as traditional carols. Santa Fe Pro Musica, now in its thirty-first season, fills out a wonderful list of holiday performances.