ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With a bevy of singers ranging from 9 to 70, the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus will add something out of the ordinary to holiday concerts on Sunday, Dec. 8.
” ‘Tis the Season” will open with Monteverdi’s Magnificat II at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Written in 1610, the piece includes organ, cello and bass. The performance will include the New Mexico Symphonic Youth Chorus as well as the adult choir.
“It has that wonderful early Baroque/Renaissance sound,” music director Roger Melone said. “We’re going to have the chorus lined up single file along the sides of the church because I think that’s part of the music. The early Baroque is much more decorative in almost a bizarre way.”
From there, the program moves to an original piece by chorus pianist Daniel Cummings called “Christmas Lullaby” for chorus and piano.