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Cantos Sagrados

Friday, July 12, 2024

The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John

Albuquerque, NM

This program will be performed by Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, under the direction of Maxine Thévenot, in collaboration with NYC-based organist Stephen Tharp and cellist Amy Huzjak

The program is centered around Cantos Sagrados by Scottish composer James MacMillan. The program will also include the world premiere performance of The Year of the Horse by British composer, Cecilia McDowall, commissioned in memory of Roan Mulholland. The complete program can be found on our rosters page. 

In writing this work MacMillan wanted to compose something which was both timeless and contemporary, both sacred and secular. The three poems are concerned with political repression in Latin America and are deliberately coupled with traditional religious texts to emphasize a deeper solidarity with the poor of that sub-continent.

It was MacMillan's interest in Liberation Theology that made him combine the poems of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina with the texts of the Latin mass in Búsqueda (an earlier music-theatre work) and which led him to attempt a similar synthesis of ideas in Cantos Sagrados.

The voices in Ariel Dorfman’s poems belong to those who suffer a particular type of political repression: the ‘disappearance’ of political prisoners. Ana Maria Mendoza’s poem about the Virgin of Guadeloupe tackles the same problem by asking a more fundamental cultural and historical question.

ZOZOBRA Celebrates 100 years

Santa Fe will burn ZOZOBRA and all of our 2024 Gloom 

August 29 & August 31, 2024

Come see the new musical fable titled Zozobra: The Revenge, performed at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. Santa Fe’s own New York Times best-selling author, Douglas Preston, created the twisted tale’s libretto, and the music is composed by Joe Illick, former Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Opera. Members of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico will form the Opera Chorus and provide soloists for the world premiere performance. Don't miss it!

Performance tickets will be available through the Lensic Theatre box office. 

More details on all ZOZOBRA 2024 events can be found by clicking on this link:


Symphony No. 9 - Ludwig van Beethoven

Ring in 2025 with a holiday tradition that gets better every year! 

Santa Fe’s own Maestro Joe Illick brings his all-star orchestra to ring in the new year with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico

New Year's Eve
December 31, 2024

1:00 pm open rehearsal: reduced ticket pricing
5:00 pm concert: full-price tickets

The concert features Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven with orchestra, chorus, and soloists, and will include other great masterworks.

Performance tickets will be available through the Lensic Theatre box office. 

Recent Past Events

Tune in to Mozart!

Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John

Albuquerque, NM

Please register for those portions of the event you would like to attend by completing this googleform. If you encounter any issues, please call us at 1.505.821.1956. 

Singers and those wishing to attend the lecture are welcome to register on the day at the door. To attend the lunch you must register in advance.

Lecture only ($15)

Lecture & lunch ($30)

Rehearsal only ($25)

Lunch & rehearsal ($40)

Lecture, lunch, and rehearsal ($50)

10:30am-11:30am Introduction to W. A. Mozart's Requiem: lecture by Professor Bruce Redford (Boston University, emeritus) 

11:30am-12:15pm Box lunch

12:30pm-2:00pm A musical walk-through of W. A. Mozart's Requiem: an opportunity to sing with members of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico led by Founding & Artistic Director, Dr. Maxine Thévenot, accompanied by Mr. Stephen Montoya. 

Click this Information and Tickets Link to hear 36 professional singers from PVNM join forces with Santa Fe Pro Musica in two performances of Mozart's Requiem at the Lensic Theatre, Santa Fe, NM. 

9th Annual Children's MESSIAH

Saturday, December 16th, 2023

The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John

Albuquerque, NM

We invite you and your choirs to join PVNM singers! 

If you've not done A Children's MESSIAH with PVNM before, please allow us the opportunity to share a little bit about this project with you. 

12 of our professional singers sing alongside middle and high school choristers who have learned 1-5 choruses from Handel's MESSIAH. (You and your students are invited to learn any/all choruses.) Our professional singers sing the recits and arias in between the following choruses: 

from Part ONE

And the Glory
And he shall purify

For unto us a child is born

Glory to God

from Part TWO

Hallelujah Chorus!

The entire educational concert takes about 45 minutes to perform and is usually attended by several hundred people. 

Please drop us a line at polyphonyvoicesofnewmexico@gmail.com if you are interested in bringing your Chorus to our December 16, 2023 8th annual CM!

Friday, December 15th - REHEARSAL for all CHORUS members

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at The Cathedral of St. John (318 Silver Ave SW)

Saturday, December 16th 

Breakfast with Santa begins at 8:00 am  You are all invited to attend with your choristers. Our Vocal Warm-up begins at 9:05 am Saturday morning with the orchestra and organ. Concert: 10:30 am - 11:20 am at The Cathedral of St. John.

Here is a link to snippets of our 2022 edition of Children's Messiah. https://youtu.be/tLh6vXReKa4?si=a0vdZy6QwoCVt6Qe

We encourage everyone to bring 2 non-perishable food items for the Cathedral's Food Pantry.  Your generosity is very much appreciated! We look forward to hearing from you!

7th Annual Children's Messiah

December 17, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Maxine Thévenot, conductor

Admission Free; please bring 2 non-perishable food items for The Cathedral of St. John's food pantry, a comfy pillow to sit on & wear something festive.

See below for highlights of our 7th annual Children's Messiah!

The Creation - Franz Josef Haydn

April 30, 2022 at 7:00pm

May 1, 2022 at 3:00pm

The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Pro Musica

Maxine Thévenot, chorus master

Tom O'Connor, conductor

2021-2022 Past Events

6th Annual Children's Messiah

December 18, 2021 at 10:30am

The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, NM

Maxine Thévenot, conductor

Symphony No. 9  - Ludwig van Beethoven

December 31, 2021 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm

The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM

Maxine Thévenot, chorus master

Joe Illick, conductor

awakenings: music of diversity

awakenings features music written for upper voices performed by 14 professional singers of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico under the direction of Maxine Thévenot. The concerts feature the World-Premiere performances of a commissioned work by award-winning American composer Jenny Olivia Johnson titled, "the many poems she learned as a child." The commission was generously sponsored by Phyllis and Roderick Kennedy in memory of Rebecca Davis Jennings. 

The concert will also include music by composers from the LGBTQ+, indigenous, and Latinx communities. Some of the composers our audiences can expect to hear include the music of Hildegard von Bingen, Sarah Quartel, Mari Esabel Valverde, Dale Trumbore, and Joan Szymko.

Watch the video below to learn about our spotlight series, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!