In the Spirit, a Christmas concert

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Socorro Unitarian Universalists present their seventh annual Christmas concert at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 908 Leroy Place, at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15. A full orchestra will accompany soloists and singers from various Socorro community choirs. The program is conducted by Paul Barrientos of New Mexico Tech. Admission is free.

Courtesy Photo: Vocalists from various community choirs practice for the upcoming Christmas concert presented by the Socorro Unitarian Universalists at Epiphany Episcopal church at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15.

The concert begins with Corelli’s most popular composition “Fatto per la notte di Natale” (“Made for the Night of Christmas”). This lively work from the Baroque era features six violins, two violas, two cellos, string bass and keyboard. Eric Sewell and Karen Darnall will play solo violin and Gaby Benalil will play solo cello.

Also from the Baroque era, the choir will sing a chorale from the “Christmas Oratorio” by J.S. Bach, “Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light.”

Mozart’s masterpiece “Laudate Dominum” will highlight bassoons, trumpets, trombones, strings and organ. Soloist Rheda Brown will sing a soaring soprano melody that was considered quite modern in Mozart’s day.

Twentieth century composer Gustav Holst is represented twice on the program. “Christmas Day,” a choral fantasy for choir and orchestra, includes four well-known carols woven into the texture of the work. The other composition by Holst is “Lullay, Mine Liking,” a classic English carol that portrays the Virgin Mary singing a lullaby to the infant Christ.

On a secular note, the program includes the ever-popular “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson and a rambunctious 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 is invited to sing Christmas carols with the choir and orchestra.

Refreshments will be served in the parish hall after the concert.

The concert, without the full orchestra, will be reprised for the public at the Socorro Public Library on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.