You can count on Joshua Habermann, the artistic director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, to program a variety of fascinating choral works for the vocal ensemble’s annual summer season of performances.
This summer’s repertoire is no exception. Habermann reaches back in time to the 1600s and travels to the 20th century during concerts that take place from July 21 through August 9. The 36th Summer Festival Season features three different programs.
“Sure on this Shining Night” includes choral works by Jake Runestad, Henk Badings and Johannes Brahms that evoke the beauty of the natural world. “In New Mexico, we are fortunate to live in a place of extraordinary beauty,” says Habermann in his program notes.
“Sure on this Shining Night is conceived as a love song to the earth; a sonnet to praise our planet’s many-faceted beauty.”
“Bernstein, Bolcom, and Barber: Twentieth Century American Masters” celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bernstein, the 80th birthday of William Bolcom and the music of Samuel Barber. Craig Jessop, an academic, musician and singer who was the music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1999 to 2008, is the program’s guest conductor.
Habermann conducts “The New World: Journey from the Inca Trail,” which features Latin American Baroque repertoire from the 1600s and 1700s and is performed in collaboration with the Fort Worth-based Caminos del Inka instrumentalists. Multi-media images from the Caminos del Inka archive in Peru are projected during the performance.
“In this concert, a collaboration between the Desert Chorale and the Caminos del Inka orchestra, we begin on the Inca trail, the complex network of roads that connected the great expanse of the Inca regions of present-day Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile,” explains Habermann. “Images were selected by Caminos del Inka to represent the life and landscape of the people whose cultures are represented in the music performed.”
Performances take place at Church of the Holy Faith, Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Cristo Rey Church.