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Santa Fe Women's Ensemble

Director: Dr. Linda Raney

Santa Fe Women's Ensemble

The Santa Fe Women's Ensemble offers quality performances of choral music for women's voices, presenting innovative and inspiring music from many centuries. The Ensemble encourages the writing of new music for women's voices by commissioning compositions, promotes the recognition and appreciation of women's choral repertoire, and develops the performance opportunities and musical skills of its members with its commitment to excellence.

This year, the Santa Fe Women's Ensemble celebrates our 30th consecutive season with the 2010 Christmas Offering concerts. The singers will perform music inspired by the season in the exquisite historic Loretto Chapel. The program will feature the world premiere of Two Andalusian Songs by internationally renowned composer Stephen Paulus, who will be present for the opening concert on Saturday, December 11th. With the Ensemble's legacy of 27 commissioned works, the repertoire will also include many commissions from seasons past: Magnificat by Lana Walter; Let There Be Joy by Daniel Gawthrop; Every Stone Shall Cry by Linda Rice Beck; All This Night Shrill Chanticleer and The Falcon by Samuel Gordon; To Crown the Year by John Ferguson, featuring flutist Charly Drobeck; and the first commissioned piece of the Santa Fe Women's Ensemble, The Great Invocation by Suzanne MacLean. We invite you to help us celebrate 30 years of joy!

The SFWE singers and Board of Directors are continually grateful to our loyal patrons. In appreciation, our June concert-goers are invited to a reception immediately following the concert.


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Santa Fe Women's Ensemble : A Celebration of Song    onsale

Review: "A Celebration of Song" is the 13- to 14-voice SFWE's fourth CD under the direction of Dr. Linda Raney, released in honor of their 30th Anniversary Season. Featured are live pieces from Christmas and Spring Offering concerts from 2007 to 2010, including songs performed in Tuscany and Umbria during their 2008 tour of Italy. The repertoire varies from contemporary and commissioned works to folk songs and carols. There are 21 cuts here, and some of our favorites are commissioned works like Samuel Gordon's "As I Lay Upon a Night" and "Gaude virgo gratiosa," Kinley Lange's "Esto Les Digo" and Linda Rice Beck's "Gloria in Excelsis Deo;" Bob Chilcott's "Sanctus from A Little Jazz Mass," the Korean folk/work song "K'wae-jina Ching-ching Nah-neh," Eleanor Daley's "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," Kenneth Jennings' "Willows by the Water Side," and traditional songs "Rouse Good Folk" and "Watching at Night," arranged by Katherine Davis. There is some light piano and flute accompaniment. A beautiful live collection from the talented Santa Fe Women's Ensemble!

Songlist: Laudate Dominum Omnes Gentes, Dona Nobis Pacem, As I Lay Upon a Night, Antiphon, Gaude Virgo Gratiosa, On the Eve of the Wedding, Esto Les Digo, He Came Down, Sanctus from A Little Jazz Mass, Benedictus from A Little Jazz Mass, K'wae-jina Ching-ching Nah-neh, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Willows by the Water Side, Echoes of Assisi, Ding Dong Merrily On High, How Far Is It To Bethlehem?, Rouse Good Folk, Watching At Night, Gloria In Excelsis Deo, In Dulci Jubilo, O Magnum Mysterium

6103c | 00 1 CD | $9.95 Female Choral CDs

Santa Fe Women's Ensemble : Music Is Our Joy : 00  1 CD : Linda Raney : 

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Santa Fe Women's Ensemble : Music Is Our Joy    onsale

Review: Santa Fe Women's Ensemble has been singing together for New Mexico audiences since 1981, and has performed all its Christmas concerts in the acoustically magnificent Loretta Chapel in Santa Fe. The 14-voice group performs seldom-heard and challenging music from all periods, and has commissioned 22 new works. The pieces on this Christmas album are from Christmas and Spring Offering concerts from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Linda Raney has directed the SFWE since 1988 and is director of music and organist at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe. There are 24 songs, some lightly accompanied, in this generous, eclectic collection. Jim Leininger's soaring "Deo Gracias," Karl Henning's "Alleluia in D," William Byrd's "Non Nobis, Domaine," Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's "What Can Lambkins Do," Daniel Gawthrop's dissonant "There Is Sweet Music," Pavel Chesnokov's "Otche nash" and Stuart McIntosh's "Baloo Baleerie" are lovely, rarely-heard, unexpected selections for a Christmas album, but they work. Michael Larkin's "Ave Maria," "Carol of the Drum," Palestrina's "Hodie Christus Natus Est," "Four Noels," "Il est ne, le divin Enfant," "Polish Christmas Carols" and Handl's "O magnum mysterium" are more familiar and no less enjoyable. "When the Savior Christ is born," "He is sleeping in a manger," "Sleep Thou, my Jewel," Keith Christopher's "Beyond Winter," Naomi Stephan's "Hodie" and Uzee Brown Jr.'s "Oh, the Savior's Comin, Hallelu" are all relatively new to us, lovely and fine. A beautiful, impressive, eclectic holiday collection from one of New Mexico's finest women's ensembles!

Songlist: Deo Gracias, 'Tis a Gift, Alleluia in D, Non Nobis, Domine, What Can Lambkins Do?, There Is Sweet Music, Kdyby tu Nic Nebylo, Otche nash, Baloo Baleerie, Ave Maria, Carol of the Drum, Hodie Christus Natus Est, Four Noels, Venez divin Messie, Il Es Ne le Divin Enfant, Dans Cette Etable, On ne Craint Plus Dans l'Univers, Polish Christmas Carols, When the Saviour Christ is Born, He is Sleeping in a Manger, Sleep, Thou, My Jewel, Hodie, Beyond Winter, Magnificat, O Magnum Mysterium, Oh, the Savior's Comin, Hallelu

5786c | 00 1 CD | $9.95 Female Choral CDs

Santa Fe Women's Ensemble : Glad Tidings : 00  1 CD : Linda Raney : 

Santa Fe Women's Ensemble : Glad Tidings

Review: This second CD is a collection of the group's favorite holiday music. It features one of their commissioned pieces "With This Child" by Michael Maudlin as well as "Ceremony of Carols" by Benjamin Britten. This collection includes both the familiar and unusual in a multitude of tonal colors from women's voices accompanied by harp, flute and saxophone. This fine group celebrates the beauty and diversity of music for women's voices.

Songlist: Adam Lay I-bounden - Katherine Dienes, Dormi Jesu - Jonathan D. Green, Shchedrick - arr. M. Leontovich, With This Child, I. Holy Mother, II. O Child, May We Know You, III. Now the Star, IV. Dream of Darkness, V. Song of Light, Ave Maria - Elanor Daley, Ceremony of Carols - Benjamon Britten, Wolcum Yole!, There Is No Rose, That Yonge Child, Balulalow, As Dew in Aprille, This Little Babe, Interlude, In Freezing Winter Night, Spring Carol, Adam Lay I-Bounden , Night Yoik - Frode Fjelheim, In the Bleak Mid-Winter - Peter Williams, There Is No Rose - Z. Randall Stroope

7304c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella Female Choral Christmas CDs

Santa Fe Women's Ensemble : Voices Of Light : 00  1 CD : Linda Raney : 

Santa Fe Women's Ensemble : Voices Of Light

Review: This first CD by the Santa Fe Women's Ensemble focuses on music written about women. It specifically centers on the Virgin Mary, exploring her emotional maternal side and her spiritual transcendent aspects. The recording features six settings of the Ave Maria and includes that of Franz Biebl, Claudio Monteverdi and Gustav Holst. Also featured is a setting of the Stabat Mater by Dean Kerr Roush. The piece commissioned by the ensemble is for women's voices and solo cello.

Songlist: Lobt Gott, ihr christen alle gleich - Hugo Distler, Ave Maria settings by, Franz biebl, Daniel Pinkham, Ab American Trappestine, Claudio Monteverdi, Zoltan Kodaly, Gustav Holst, O Vos omnes - Tomas Luis de Victoria, Stabat Mater - Dean Kerr Roush, Salve Regina - Plainchant, Sea Visions - Daniel Gawthrop, Dawn, The Sea Bishop, Night, Barbara Allen - arr. Katherine Davis

7303c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella Female Choral CDs

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