Holiday Choral Concert Features Santa Fe Symphony Principal Cellist And Premier Of New Composition

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Sangre de Cristo Chorale celebrates a return to live concerts with A WINTER DAY, Saturday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Santa Fe and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. at Los Alamos United Church.

This holiday concert takes its name from Canadian composer Sarah Quartel’s “A Winter Day,” which features Dana Winograd, principal cellist of the Santa Fe Symphony. The performance also premieres American composer Katie Kring’s “The End and the Beginning,” which was commissioned by the Chorale last year. Alice Parker’s arrangement of “Sing, Sing” and several seasonal selections round out the program. 

“Katie’s piece is a poignant response to our shared experience of the pandemic, especially as singers,” Music Director Fred Graham noted. “We’ve all missed the joy of singing together in person even while we mourn the losses and continue to be vigilant about public health.” 

“Quartel’s five-movement piece is by turns evocative and exhilarating,” said Graham. “It takes us through the phases of a crisp, snowy day and includes both exquisite and exuberant cello lines for Dana Winograd, our featured soloist.” Winograd will also present instrumental selections with Chorale Pianist Debbie Wagner.

Tickets are $25 online at or at the door. As a gesture of thanks for all they have been through and continue to cope with, tickets are free for students and healthcare workers with current ID.

Proof of vaccination, photo ID and masks are required for all audience members. Singers will be vaccinated and masked.

About the Sangre de Cristo Chorale
The mission of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale (SDCC) is to entertain, educate, unite and inspire singers and audiences by performing quality choral music. Formed by its members in 1978, SDCC is a self-governing chorale of adult auditioned singers led by a distinguished director and is among the longest continually performing independent chorales in New Mexico. More than 20 years ago SDCC expanded its focus to include enrichment for young singers by contributing formal choral educational outreach activities in coordination with New Mexico schools. To date, approximately 1,000 students have apprenticed with, were tutored by or received music and scholarships from SDCC. For more, visit