While music pulses through Santa Fe’s 400-year-old veins all year round, summer is the standout season to catch live music at a favorite venue, concert series, or dining spot, or to expand your musical horizons with something completely different. Summer is when laughter mingles with guitar strings in patios along Canyon Road, when drumbeats echo softly off the centuries-old buildings in the Plaza. Summer is when Santa Fe music is in full bloom.
There’s Music In The Hills
From its inception in 1957, the Santa Fe Opera has been dedicated to showcasing music, drama and technical wizardry via treasured classics, revivals of neglected works, and remarkable premieres. The 2016 festival season presents a dazzling quintet of love stories spanning almost three centuries. Comic, tragic, contemplative and adventurous, they show every kind of romantic complication — and women taking charge of their destinies.
The opera’s acoustically and esthetically outstanding amphitheater is an ideal setting for staging memorable performances each summer. This year’s productions include La Fanciulla Del West, Don Giovanni, Romeo Et Juliette, Caprriccio and Vanessa.
Santa Fe Opera presents “La Fanciulla del West” on July 1 (video courtesy of Santa Fe Opera)
Before enjoying one of the season’s world-class performances, don’t miss the opportunity to experience opera-going Santa Fe style. Three hours before curtain time, the campus parking lot is transformed into a tailgating dinner party with breathtaking scenery and sunset views. Don’t worry about cooking—there are also several dining options onsite such as a tailgate picnic. Check out their menus.
Take A Dance Stand With Santa Fe Bandstand
Count them. Over 60 musical performances come to life in the heart of Santa Fe starting on July 5 through August 26, as part of Santa Fe Bandstand. Plan to be entertained by local, regional and national acts on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. If you love to dance, bring your dancing shoes for the Plaza dance-a-thon. The Bandstand brings two months of amazing almost-nightly performances, all genres and all absolutely free.
Santa Fe Bandstand most recently won Tripadvisor’s prestigious “Certificate of Excellence” award.
Enjoy One of The World’s Preeminent Music Festival
Classical music has deep roots in Santa Fe. Now in its 44th season, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is the epitome of a summer music must-do. Bach, Dvorak and Mendelssohn – you’ll hear music from all the masters, with concerts almost nightly from July 17 through August 22.
Performers are top of the line, with a mix of professional chamber ensembles like Marc Neikrug at the piano and clarinetist Todd Levy. There are also gatherings of talents brought together to play specific concerts. We’re looking forward to new music on the scene at a concert of works by 20th century masters with tomorrow’s new voices performed by the Flux Quartet.
The Hill Is Alive With The Sound of Music
Is there a place where music-lovers can dance, eat, play and of course listen to great music at a grassy outdoor festival? You bet! Music on the Hill™ is a free concert series that takes place at St. John’s College each Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm now through July 27. (Note there will not be a concert on July 6.) Their musical lineup features blues, soul, folk, and jazz. Concertgoers may bring their own picnic, or purchase food from their on site vendor. It’s all lawn seating, so bring a blanket or chairs. Click here for the music lineup and parking instructions.
And All That Jazz…
If you like jazz, the New Mexico Jazz Festival has your ticket. Check out the world renowned artists and jazz masters performing throughout Santa Fe in July. The Pedrito Martinez Group will be performing as part of the Music on the Hill series on July 20 at 6:00 pm. The event is free to the public.
Don’t miss two unforgettable performances that will take place at the Santa Fe Bandstand on July 26. New Mexico native John Maestas brings funk, soul, rock R & B, jazz and electronic beats to The City Different starting at 6:00 pm. Vintage Paris chic meets New York cool when Gingkoa takes the stage at 7:15 pm with their swinging electro beats.
The Lensic Performing Arts Center will also play host to several performances during the festival. The Dave Holland Trio with special guest, Chris Potter takes the stage on July 24. Other performances include, NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd New Quartet on July 29; Dr. Lonnie Smith’s “Evolution” on July 30 and Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton on July 31.
You’ll find that the music scene is alive and well in the City Different. Santa Fe showcases an impeccable range in music offerings this summer! Why not discover what Santa Fe also has to offer by checking out our deals and specials page. As you’re planning your next trip don’t forget to order the 2016 Santa Fe travel guide.