ON STAGE Portrait of Jenamy: Serenata of Santa Fe Mozart had composed or arranged 12 piano concertos by the time he wrote his Concerto in E-flat Major (K.271) in 1777, just as he celebrated his 21st birthday. It was his breakthrough concerto, brilliantly achieved, surpassing practically everything he had composed to date. A century ago, two French scholars dubbed it the Jeunehomme Concerto, in honor of the pianist they thought he wrote it for but about whom they knew nothing. It turns out she didn’t exist; the beneficiary was really named Jenamy, not Jeunehomme — Louise Victoire Jenamy, daughter of the then-famous ballet-master Jean-Georges Noverre. Guest pianist Yi-heng Yang appears with Serenata of Santa Fe to play the Jenamy Concerto, with scaled-down instrumentation of just a string quartet, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at the Scottish Rite Center (463 Paseo de Peralta). Also on the program are Mozart’s C-Major Piano Concerto (K.415) and two modern pieces written in tribute to Mozart: Arvo Pärt’s Mozart-Adagio and Alfred Schnittke’s Mo-zart. Tickets ($25) can be had from Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (505-988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org). — J.M.K.
Just plain desert folk: Decker
Finding inspiration from the sands of Sedona, Decker is a self-described “psychedelic desert folk” group. That branding can be heard in the form of twangy guitars, mournful vocals, understated Western-y drums, and a hefty dose of reverb on all the band’s four studio albums. Decker’s most recent release, 2013’s Slider, was named album of the year by Arizona-based online culture magazine YabYum Music and Arts, and Decker is already working on a new release for this summer. The rockers trek their way through the desert and arrive at Cowgirl BBQ (319 S. Guadalupe St., 505-982-2565) on Wednesday, April 16. The 8 p.m. show is free. Visit www.deckermusic.org. — L.B.
High and dry: Elijah Talk about timeliness: right at the outset of Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah, the Old Testament prophet proclaims, “As God the Lord of Israel liveth, before whom I stand: There shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.” The people respond: “The deeps afford no water! And the rivers are exhausted!” Drought is the topic, but not until the people prove their allegiance to God (as opposed to the “false god” Baal) is the environmental balance rectified: “Behold, a little cloud ariseth now from the waters … the storm rusheth louder and louder! … He quencheth the thirsty land.” Baritone Carlos Archuleta portrays the title character and soprano Christina Martos and mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Zander-Wall handle the other solo parts when Oliver Prezant conducts the Santa Fe Community Orchestra and Chorus in selections from Mendelssohn’s masterpiece at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (131 Cathedral Place) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Admission is free, though donations are welcome. Visit www.sfco.org. — J.M.K.
What has been will be again: Santa Fe Pro Musica This week the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble begins a three-performance run of the popular Holy Week concerts it presents annually in the Loretto Chapel (207 Old Santa Fe Trail). Especially notable in this year’s installment is Handel’s Gloria in excelsis Deo, a seven-movement work for soprano, two violins, and basso continuo he apparently wrote in 1707 to spotlight the impressive soprano Margherita Durastanti. They were both in Italy at the time, working for the same noble patron. The piece was unknown to modern listeners until 2001, when a musicologist found it bound into a seemingly unremarkable volume of Handel arias in the Royal Academy of Music in London. Soprano Kathryn Mueller is the featured soloist in this Gloria as well as in a Salve Regina by Pergolesi. The period-instrument players also offer sonatas by Purcell and Corelli, and Carol Redman plays Bach’s A-Minor Solo (a.k.a. Partita) for Unaccompanied Flute. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 17 and 18, and at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Tickets ($20 to $65) are available from Pro Musica directly (505-988-4640) and through Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (505-988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org). — J.M.K.
Pasatiempo, April 11, 2014