Spring Into March with Santa Fe Music Events

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Throughout the centuries, innovative musical souls have sought out Santa Fe for inspiration. The city’s deep blue skies, 300-plus annual days of sunshine, combination of mountain light and fresh clean air have inspired many performing artists. Santa Fe Music has always been at the heart of The City Different culture.  Music is an integral part of our history. For example, well known composer Igor Stravinksy participated regularly in the 1957 to 1962 world famous Santa Fe Opera season.

There is so much to hear during the month of March. You’ll see why music reigns supreme in The City Different. Here are a few “musical selections” so to speak…


John O. Crosby and Igor Stravinsky watch a rehearsal in the original theater at the Santa Fe Opera. (Photo courtesy of The Santa Fe Opera)

Big Band Meets a Classical Orchestra

Grammy winner Maria Schneider is an American composer and big-band leader hailing from Minnesota. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Performance Santa Fe will present Maria Schneider on March 2, 2018. She is a Grammy Award winning composer and conductor of music that is beyond categorization. Are you in the mood to hear something different?  Schneider tailors her compositions to distinctly highlight the individual creative voices of her 18-member collective.  The group is made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today. Schneider writes big band compositions with the melodious color of a classical orchestra. The result is vibrant and evocative. The performance takes place at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center. Order your tickets here.


Classical Redux

“Modern…dramatic…superb…wickedly attentive with a hint of rock ‘n roll energy” are just a few ways critics describe the musical phenomena that is the St. Lawrence Quartet. (Photo courtesy of St. Lawrence Quartet)

Now is the time to hear the quartet that has broken out beyond Canada’s borders like no other artists in recent memory.  Santa Fe Pro Musica presents the St. Lawrence String Quartet on March 4, 2018 at the beautiful St. Francis Auditorium. There will be two performances that day at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm.  CBS News says, “they perform a reverent, spontaneous approach to the classics.” Musical selections planned for performance during this show include the Beethoven Quartet 16 in F Major, Op 135,  John Adams First Quartet and Sibelius Quartet in D Minor, Op 56 “Voces Intimae.”  Order your tickets here.


Don’t Forget The Kids!

The New Mexico Performing Arts Society presents “Bach for Families.”  (Photo courtesy of NM Performing Arts Society)

Bringing the kids to Santa Fe in March? You’ll want to take advantage of the 2018 Spring Break Kids FreeFest!  One musical offering is “Bach for Families” which will be performed by the New Mexico Performing Arts Society. It is one of the many art and culture events your children can participate in. You and your kids can attend the dress rehearsal for free on Friday March 9, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. There is something for everyone in this dress rehearsal. You’ll hear choral music, a chamber orchestra and even a solo keyboard performance.

The regular performance is also free admission for children and parents receive a $5 discount on the family ticket. Speak with someone at the ticket desk when doors open 30 minutes before each concert. The event will have open seating so plan to arrive early for the best seat. This will be an outing your family will not forget.


Maestro Please!

Intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim for his compelling performances as a violinist, conductor, chamber musician, concertmaster and recording artist. (Photo courtesy of Andrés Cárdenes)

The Santa Fe Symphony presents guest conductor and Grammy-nominated violinist Andrés Cárdenes on March 19, 2018. Cárdenes serenades Santa Fe into spring with a program that includes Mozart’s melodic and carefree second violin concerto. From Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra, the Symphony performs the overture so famously composed.  The opera’s producer had Rossini locked in a room to aid his concentration. To conclude the performance, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 will fill the historic Lensic hall. This is a work so elegant and graceful that Berlioz claimed it must be the work of the Archangel Michael. Imagine that! Order your tickets here.


A Santa Fe Favorite

On the three days leading up to Easter Sunday, Santa Fe Pro Musica presents its annual Baroque Holy Week Series in the beautiful and historic Loretto Chapel.  (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Pro Musica)

The Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Holy Week is a springtime favorite in The City Different. The baroque ensemble puts music-lovers into an Easter mood. The annual Baroque Holy Week concerts will be held on March 29-31, 2018 in the historic Loretto Chapel. The chapel is home to the mesmerizing staircase that draws Instagrammers and photo fanatics by the tens of thousands. Avery Amereau, contralto is “an effortless rich voice worth of any professional state in the industry, with charisma to match” says Opera Today. Gonzalo X. Ruiz, baroque oboe and Stephen Redfield, leader round out the ensemble.

Keep in mind that the Loretto Chapel is a favorite venue; however, it can be chilly inside during spring months and seating is on wooden pews. Santa Fe Pro Musica recommends concert-goers bring a coat and/or a seat cushion for the Holy Week performances. Purchase tickets here.


Our new 2018 Santa Fe Travel Guide is now available and can help plan your Santa Fe performing arts adventure in the month of March. Deals and Specials abound in The City Different so please check them out and start off your new year affordably with a Santa Fe adventure.

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