November-December 2021 - TURN IT UP: Santa Fe Pro Musica December Events

‘Tis the season and Pro Musica is presenting two events perfect for the holiday season!

A Baroque Christmas

In December the Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble presents this favorite holiday tradition in the festively decorated Loretto Chapel. Step back into the eighteenth century and experience chamber music as it is meant to be heard—in an intimate, resonant, and glorious space.


Kim Pineda, flute: Pineda has performed on historical flutes, recorders, and as a conductor throughout the U.S., Canada, Israel, and on NPR. Founder and music director of Seattle-based Grand Cru Baroque, he has performed with leading early music ensembles in the U.S. and has recorded on the Focus, Centaur, and Origin Classical labels. Pineda received his PhD in musicology from the University of Oregon and taught at Sam Houston State and Texas Tech Universities before moving to Santa Fe. Pineda is currently the head of the social studies department at Española Valley High School.


Clara Rottsolk, soprano: Acclaimed for her “pure and shining” voice (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Rottsolk has had solo performances with Atlanta Baroque, American Bach Soloists (San Francisco), American Classical Orchestra (New York), Bach Collegium San Diego, Colorado Bach Ensemble, San Francisco Early Music Society, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks, Trinity Wall Street Choir, and at many festivals including Berkeley Early Music, Boston Early Music, Carmel Bach, Indianapolis Early Music, and Philadelphia Bach. A native of Seattle, Rottsolk graduated from Rice University and Westminster Choir College. She is currently based in Philadelphia where she teaches voice at Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr colleges.


Dominique Labelle, soprano: “Expressively and artistically a master” (Washington Post), Labelle has performed with the leading baroque groups worldwide including Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco), Mostly Mozart Festival and Orchestra of St. Luke’s (New York), Budapest Music Festival, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam), I Musici de Montréal, and others. She is from Canada, trained at McGill and Boston Universities, and is currently professor of voice at McGill University. She has made recordings on Virgin Veritas, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, RCA Victor Red Seal, Koss, Denon, New World, Carus, and Musica Omnia labels.


Guest vocalists Clara Rottsolk and Dominique Labelle will perform on alternate evenings.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

December festivities continue with Pro Musica’s presentation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on December 29 and 30 in St. Francis Auditorium. Colin Jacobsen returns as violin soloist and leader in these holiday-season concerts featuring Vivaldi’s virtuosic masterpieces, Telemann’s picturesque Burlesque de Don Quixote, and Bach’s beloved Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, with Pro Muscia’s concertmaster Stephen Redfield. Colin Jacobsen is “one of the most interesting figures on the classical music scene” (The Washington Post). He is an Avery Fisher Career Grant–winning soloist, a touring member of Yo- Yo Ma’s famed Silk Road Ensemble, and founder of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and the orchestra The Knights. Jacobsen was recently selected from among the nation’s top visual, performing, media, and literary artists to receive the United States Artists Fellowship. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, Colin plays a Joseph Guarneri filius Andreae violin (1696) and a Samuel Zygmuntowicz violin (2008).


Tickets for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are $30-$95, and $20-$95 for A Baroque Christmas. They can be purchased at the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office or at sfpromusica.org.