In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
2010 marks the 28th consecutive year of performances in northern New Mexico by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, one of the premier professional chamber choirs in the United States, and the debut of the Chorale's fourth music director Joshua Habermann. Each summer, and again during the December holiday season, some of the finest singers from around the country come to Santa Fe to perform works from the rich choral tradition. Our audience consists of a mix of New Mexico residents as well as national and international visitors. Each year we present to nearly 10,000 adults and children - 70 percent of which are New Mexicans.
The Desert Chorale mainly performs a cappella (without accompaniment) and is renowned for its rich sound, seamless blend and wide-ranging programming, having performed more than 2,000 compositions by some 500 composers, spanning nine centuries of music. Founder Lawrence Bandfield (1933-2009) conducted the first season in 1983 and continued as Music Director until 1998. The values that he established sustain the Desert Chorale today: diverse repertory performed by top quality, professional musicians; an intimate rapport with audience members and donors; and strong relationships with the community of northern New Mexico - as evidenced by regular performances outside Santa Fe; tours of historic churches; and collaborations with Santa Fe New Music, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Symphony and others.
The Santa Fe Desert Chorale's recordings are broadcast nationally, frequently on NPR's Performance Today. The CD catalog includes one title conducted by Joshua Habermann, one title conducted by Don Scott Carpenter, one title conducted my Simon Carrington, seven titles conducted by Linda Mack, four titles conducted by Dennis Shrock and one early recording from Mr. Bandfield's tenure.
Since 2002 the Desert Chorale Children's Choir has provided an opportunity for children ages 8 to 14 to grow together in their love of music and singing. Public performance is an important component of the program, and each season the children make many appearances in a variety of venues throughout Santa Fe and in special programs with the Santa Fe Opera and the Santa Fe Symphony.
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Review: A study of the evolution of musical style in Hispanic churches in the New World reveals a remarkable melding of a number of cultures. Spanish colonists carried the musical traditions of the European Renaissance to the native people of the Americas, and, through time and circumstance, these traditions merged in the American Southwest to create a musical genre with a rich historical grounding. A treasury of sacred works by the finest composers from Spain and the New World - from the Renaissance majesty of Morales and Victoria to the Misa Criolla, one of the 20th century's most beloved choral works. This is the program that was performed for a tour of Northern New Mexico historic churches during the summer of 2005.
Songlist: Misa Criolla - Ariel Ramirez, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Die, Two Aztec Songs to the Virgin (Don Hernando Franco), Santa Maria yn ilhuicac, Dios itlaconantzine, Sancta Maria, succurre miseris - (Cristobal de Morales), Alleluia! Dic nobis Maria - (Francisco Lopez Capillas), Sanctus and Hosanna - (Francisco Guerrero), In Annuntiatione Benissimae Mariae - (Tomas Luis de Victoria), Egregie Doctor - (Antonio de Salazar/Manuel de Sumaya), Sol-fa de Pedro - (Manuel de Sumaya), In manus tuas - (Sebastian de Vivanco), Sa qui turo zente pleta - (Anonymous)
Review: Recorded live at Santa Fe's Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, the Chorale's latest CD inlcudes beloved carols from around the world, the majestic O Holy Night, John Rutter's lilting Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Steven Heitzeg's charming setting of the e.e. cummings poem, little tree, and much more beautiful music of the season. Christmas in Santa Fe is colored by the Mexican influence. Little lanterns adorn some of the adobe buildings and the candlelight processions known as posadas wend thru the town. The program of 20 separate selections was recorded live during two nights' performances at a Winter Festival last year in the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. The intent was to capture some of the inspiration and job of this time of the year.
Songlist: Seven Joys of Christmas, Christmas Lullaby, Lullay, This Little Babe, What Sweeter Music, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Good King Wenceslas, Joy to the World, Little Tree, Alegria, Hiney Mah Tov, Duermete, Nino Lindo, O Holy Night, Allelia, Dies Sanctificatus
Review: Recorded live and in studio session, the works on this recording include choral settings commissioned from four American composers for the 2006 and 2007 summer seasons, in addition to folk music, sacred settings, and significant poetry. The first two tracks were recorded in August 2006 and the remaining works are drawn from the 2007 25th Anniversary summer season. The Desert Chorale is proud to give voice to these exhilarating new and recent works from composers John David Earnest, Z. Randall Stroope, Kirke Mechem, Judith Cloud, Bradley Ellingboe and Emile Desamours.
Songlist: The First Day, The Conversion of Saul, The World Is Too Much With Us, Michelangelo: Ad Caelum Scalas - Words from an Artist's Palette, Leonardo da Vinci: La funzione dei muscoli - Words from an Artist's Palette, Salvador Dali: Dejad que mis enemigos - Words from an Artist's Palette, Camille Pissarro: Benis sont-ils - Words from an Artist's Palette, Georgia O'Keeffe: I Hate Flowers - Words from an Artist's Palette, He Wishes for the Clouds of Heaven, There is Sweet Music, How Sweet the Moonlight Sleeps, Paiute Lullaby , Spell Against Sorrow, A Salutaris Hostia, On Suuri Sun Rantas Autius, Alelouya
Review: Glorious Voices, Sacred Spaces, their great cathedral programming, opened the Chorale's 26th consecutive season with a program that celebrates life and remembers death. This program consists of literature that ranges from the 16th century through the late 20th century. The selections on this program are some of the most celebrated works in the choral repertoire and were chosen to stir the heart and lift the soul. Conducted by Simon Carrington at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis with 24 singers
Songlist: Die Deutsche Liturgie, Missa Papae Marcelli, At The Round Earth's Imagined Corners (from Six Songs of Farewell), Schaffe In Mir, Gott (op. 29, No. 2), O Sacrum Convivium, Take Him Earth for Cherishing , Song for Athene
Review: 'Hail Cecilia' was recorded live during Summer Festival 2009 in the beautiful acoustics of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Loretto Chapel and Santuario de Guadalupe by the 23-strong, mixed-voice Santa Fe, NM's Santa Fe Desert Chorale, directed by highly-respected Conductor Joshus Habermann. The program explores the myriad expressions of humanity's concept of the divine, from ancient Irish melodies and Haitian blessings to Scandinavian calls to the spirit of the wind. Some favorites are Benjamin Britten's 'Hymn to St. Cecilia,' Michael McGlynn's powerful, percussion-accompanied 'Christus Resurgens,' Sydney Guillaume's 'Dominus Vobiscum,' Ralph Vaughan-Williams' 'Full Fathom Five,' Jaako Mantyjarvi's 'Lullaby,' Matthew Harris's 'It Was a Lover and his Lass' and 'O Mistress Mine,' and Francisco Guerrero's 'Todo Quanto Pudo Dar.' The SFDC has an angelic sound and handles difficult, eclectic material with ease and grace. The extensive liner notes contain all the lyrics. 'Hail Cecilia' is a surprising, powerful and beautiful collection!
Songlist: Nine Sili Nebesniya , Christus Resurgens, Hynm To St. Cecilia , Seigneur, Je Vous en Prie - From Four Little Prayers of St. Francis, Dominus Vobiscum - From Four Little Prayers of St. Francis, Full Fathom Five - from Three Shakespeare Songs, Over Hill, Over Dale - from Three Shakespeare Songs, Lullaby - From Four Shakespeare Songs, Double, Double, Toil and Trouble - From Four Shakespeare Songs, It Was A Lover And His Lass - From Shakespeare Songs, O Mistress Mine - From Shakespeare Songs, When Daffodils Begin To Peer - From Shakespeare Songs, Jesu Dulcis Memoria - From Shakespeare Songs, Todo Quanto Pudo Dar - From Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales , Decidme Fuente Clara - From Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales , Se Equivoco la Paloma - From Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales , Ja Vem A Primavera - From Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales , Son Mercedes - From Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales , Son De La Loma - From Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales
Review: 21 works from the summer festival that span a wide range of choral styles - from the early Renaissance to the Russian masters to Be Music, Night, the beautiful new work by New Mexico composer Bradley Ellingboe. Also includes the seldom-heard arrangement of Randall Thompson's Alleluia for women only.
Songlist: Kyrie, Ave Maria, Elegit eum Dominus, Ich lasse dich nicht, Richte mich, Gott, A Hymn to God the Father - from Five Motets for Unaccompanied Choir, Op. 37, Lord, When the Sense of Thy Sweet Grace, Salvator Mundi, Requiem Aeternam from Requiem, Angel Vopiyashe, S nami Bog, Voskres iz Groba, Vzbrannoy voyevode from Vespers, Op. 37, The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee, Alleluia, La Lluvia, Be Music, Night, Come Away to the Skies - Three American Hymns , The Hebrew Children - Three American Hymns , Wondrous Love - Three American Hymns , I Can Tell The World
Review: Throughout history, the singing voice has been a vehicle for the expression of intense emotion. In Passion, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale performs a cappella settings that reflect the heart of human existence: passion for God, country, love and life itself. Although this recording of repertoire selected from the Chorale's 2005 summer season is focused on music of the 20th and 21st centuries, it encompasses a wide variety of harmonic rhythmic and stylistic elements.
Songlist: Laetentur Coeli, O Nata Lux, Chorale, Ave Maris Stella, Ye Shall Go Out With , Mary Speaks , Salve Regina , Soneto de la Noche, A Boy And A Girl , La Rosa, Puncha Puncha, Kpanlongo , Reggel, Beautiful River , My Soul's Been Anchored In The Lord, Demos Gracias Al Senor Golijov, The Lark, Overture To Candide
Review: Over the last 25 years, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale has earned a reputation for artistic excellence as well as adventurous and widely varied programming, and this recording of the final performances of the 2007 summer season continues in that tradition! This limited edition CD captures the Desert Chorale presenting monumental works by Gregorio Allegri and Sergei Rachmaninoff live at the Cathedral Basilica St. Francis in Santa Fe on August 10 and 11, 2007. In addition, 32 Desert Chorale alumni singers - including members of the 1983 inaugural season - joined this season's choir in presenting Miserere, mei Deus. This recording is dedicated to the memory of Arthur 'Mack' Wright, a wonderful friend and enthusiastic admirer of the Chorale's 'glorious music.' It is made possible by a generous gift from Mary Wright.
Songlist: Miserere mei, Deus, Priidite, poklonimsia, Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda, Blazhen muzh, Svete tihiy, Nine otpushschayeshi, Bogoroditse Devo, Maloye Slavosloviye, Hvalite imia Ghospodi, Blagosloven Yesi, Ghospodi, Voskreseniye Hristovo Videvshe, Velichit dusha moya Ghospoda, Slavosloviye velikoye, Dnes spaseniye, Voskres iz groba, Vzbrannoy voyevode
Review: Viva La Festividad! In the 17th and 18th centuries Latin America was alive with the musical idioms of indigenous America, Africa and Europe. On this disk we happily include the rollicking rhythms of African-influenced folk carols, naive hymns of faith from the pen of a Native American, and the sophisticated polyphony and counterpoint of Latin American composers schooled in the European tradition. Conducted by our founder, Lawrence Bandfield at the Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, NM
Songlist: "Eso Rigor E Repente", "Desvelado Dueno Mio", "Sa Qui Turo", Missa "Ave Regina Coelorum" - Part I, Missa "Ave Regina Coelorum" - Part II, Missa "Ave Regina Coelorum" - Part III, Missa "Ave Regina Coelorum"- Part IV, "Oigan, Escuchen, Atiendan", Circumdederunt Me Dolores Mortis, "Dios Itlaconantzine", "Sancta Maria Yn Ilhuicac" , "Los Coflades De La Estleya", Misa A 5,
Review: The Santa Fe Desert Chorale offers a brilliant two CD set with selections recorded at the historic Loretto Chapel, during the 2006 Santa Fe Summer Festival. Using two small ensembles, under the baton of artistic director Linda Mack, the chorale offers An American Hallelujah featuring songs of faith, joy and praise. The second disc called Romance is lead by assistant Matthew Tresler and offers a sublime view of the trials and tribulations of love, from Brahms to Lennon and McCartney.
Songlist: "Es Rigor E Repente", "Desvelado Dueno Mio", "Sa Qui Turo", Missa "Ave Regina Coelorum" (tracks 4-7), "Oigan, Escuchen, Atiendan", Circumdederunt Me Dolores Mortis, "Dios Itlaconantzine", "Sancta Maria yn Ilhuicac", "Los Coflades De La Estleya", Misa a 5, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,