The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Socorro will present a musical performance titled In the Spirit at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Socorro.
The concert will begin with a harp solo titled A Tree in Winter performed by harpist and composer Julietta Rabens – inspired by naturalist Gene Stratton Porter who wrote:
All other trees are harps in the winter. Their trunks are the frames, their branches the strings, the winds the musicians. When the air is cold and clear, the world very white, and the harp music swelling, then the talking trees tell the strengthening, uplifting things.
Arcangelo Corelli’s most famous composition Made for the night of Christmas will be played by string orchestra with five violins (two soloists), two violas, two cellos (one soloist), string bass and harpsichord. The conductor is Andrew Saletta, director of New Mexico Tech’s orchestra.
Las Cantantes will perform Benjamin Britten carols for women’s choir and harpist. Procession is a medieval chant announcing the birth of Christ; That Yongë Child (performed by Ingrid Halverson) is a lullaby for the weeping Christ child; There is No Rose is a metaphor for Mary's womb; and This Little Babe (performed by Ingrid Halverson, Shirley Coursey and Lisa Young) portrays Christ’s battle with Satan.
The full choir will sing three carols Here We Come a Wassailing, Gabriel’s Message and Noel Noevellet composed by John Rutter for voices and small orchestra.
The full 22-piece orchestra and full choir will then perform a medley of holiday favorites: Let It Snow!, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bell Rock, Silver Bells, and Frosty the Snowman.
To finish the program, the audience will be invited to sing Christmas carols with the choir and orchestra. Everyone is invited to eat refreshments in the Parish Hall after the concert. Admission to the concert is free, and any goodwill offerings will be donated to Puerto Seguro.
Epiphany Episcopal Church is located at 908 Leroy Place in Socorro. For more information, call 575-838-7113.