Showcasing Howells’ reflective and personal Requiem, stunning repertoire for double choir, and five centuries of great German music including works by Schütz, Brahms, and Buchenberg.
Featuring secular and sacred pieces of English choral literature including Tudor music by Byrd and Gibbons, songs by Finzi, Elgar, Britten, and Pearsall, and, of course, Vaughan Williams’ masterpiece for choir, piano, and sixteen soloists, Serenade to Music.
Performing excerpts from Monteverdi’s Sestina and Songs of Love and War, double choir music by both Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, and music written by women for women–all of which contributed to Venice’s reputation as the envy of the world. Accompanied by Richard Savino on lute.
A divine and meditative experience–the Desert Chorale presents rich sacred music from Russia, a special commission by Orthodox Priest and composer Ivan Moody, and great spiritual works from Greece, Finland and the United States.
As one of the nation’s premiere professional ensembles comprising 24 singers from across the country, critics have lauded the Santa Fe Desert Chorale as a first-class performer of excellence in choral music. Currently under the baton of music director Joshua Habermann, the Chorale has assembled in New Mexico for more than 33 years to perform repertoire spanning seven centuries, from Medieval polyphony to contemporary and avant garde works.
The Chorale presents both summer and winter festivals of concerts, performing both challenging and entertaining literature from around the world. The Chorale is a mainstay of Santa Fe’s vast visual and performing arts scene, adding yet another rich cultural layer to the colors of the northern New Mexico arts landscape.
Hear what our singers have to say about the Desert Chorale.
“It is a privilege to be part of a group whose focus on artistry cultivates a greater generosity of self and giving to the entirety of repertoire and to the audiences.”
“Working with this level of talent is truly something special for us, and ultimately, for our audiences. Our collective goal to make music greater than any one could do alone is what makes this such a unique experience.”
This ensemble typifies the spirit of the land of enchantment. Warm, curious and enduring. What a treat to rejoice in beauty together through singing!
“I don’t have enough superlatives to describe this group. Fabulous talent, artistry, incredible repertoire…it’s all there!”
2015 SUMMER FESTIVAL PERFORMERS
Desert Chorale performances are made possible, in part, by: