From local music and world-class opera to chamber music and national performers, there is music everywhere in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe’s music scene could not be more diverse, especially in the summer when all of the city’s stages are filled with performers from around the world. The city is a crossroads of creativity and its musical heritage is as old as Santa Fe’s founding more than 400 years ago and as fresh as tomorrow.
In addition to prolific talent in Santa Fe, there are new and ever more popular venues including the spacious green grass at the Downs of Santa Fe, the cozy Santa Fe Railyard Plaza, the indoor/outdoor performance space at Santa Fe Sol and the Bandstand on the Santa Fe Plaza in historic downtown. Add to these the spectacular Santa Fe Opera amphitheater, the intimate St. Francis Auditorium, the outstanding acoustics and site lines at the Lensic Performing Arts Center and the city’s many bars and restaurants featuring music.
Here is some of what the summer holds for visiting music lovers:
Santa Fe Bandstand, June 23-August 28: Free performances every Monday through Thursday evening, and some Fridays, by local, national and international acts, outside on the Santa Fe Plaza. Upcoming shows include Grammy award winning artist Terrance Simien, June 23, 2014 SXSW’s Best Roots Rock Band, the Wheeler Brothers, June 24, from Texas the Tejas Brothers, July 7, as part of a lineup that includes more than 90 musical acts. A plaza venue on Santa Fe’s south side will feature even more music in July and August. http://santafebandstand.org/
The Santa Fe Opera, June 26-August 23: Now in its 57th year, the opera’s summer season brings the best of the world’s opera performers and production talent to Santa Fe. For 2014 the five productions are Bizet’s archetypical love story Carmen, one of the great Italian comic opera’s Donizetti’s Don Pasqule, Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio, a double bill of two shorter operas, The Impresario and Le Rossignol, and the American premier of Dr. Su Yat-Sen. http://www.santafeopera.org.
Heath Concerts, July 7-August 25: A series of concerts held at several popular venues and featuring performers like Michael Franti & Spearhead’s Soulshien, July 5 at the Downs of Santa Fe, Ray Lamontagne, August 5 at the Downs, Lila Downs August 27 at the Lensic Perform Art Center and Violent Femmes September 11 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. http://www.heathconcerts.org/
Music on the Hill, July: Held on the lush lawn at St. John’s College this is a delightful evening music series featuring internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Annie Sellick- July 9, the five-part harmonized arrangements of Charlie Parker’s best loved solos as performed by SuperSax New Mexico-July 16, and the high-energy nuevo latino sound of Manzanares-July 23. http://www.sjc.edu/events-and-programs/santa-fe/music-on-the-hill-2014/
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, July 20-August 25: Legendary cellist Pablo Casals was the festival’s first honorary president in 1973. Since then the music festival has grown from hosting 14 musicians performing Sunday concerts to more than 80 artists perform over 6 weeks. Schedule highlights include a “Breaking Bach” piano recital-7/26, performances by the Orion String Quartet-7/30-31, New Music with Flux Quartet-8/8, Mark O’Connor String Quartet-8/22 and concerts featuring works by the masters of classical music. https://www.santafechambermusic.com/
Santa Fe Railyard, July-August: Throughout the summer the Railyard will host a number of jam sessions at Warehouse 21, open mike nights, and three American singer songwriters: Bonnie Prince Billy, July 13, James McMurty, August 2 and Janiva Magness August 9. http://www.railyardsantafe.com/
Santa Fe Sol Stage & Grill: July-August: One of Santa Fe’s favorites, the Red Elvises, performs on July 10 followed by Anthony Leon & The Chain on July 20. In August The Hold Steady takes to the patio on August 6 and AKE Street Dive performs on August 10. http://www.solofsantafe.com/
Performance Santa Fe, July-August: The Festival of Song features four vocal recitals with stars from The Santa Fe Opera: Alek Sharder, tenor, and Daniela Mack, mezzo-sproano July 31; Corinne Winters, soprano, August 3; Paul Grove, tenor, August 8; and Brenda Rae, soprano, August 10. All performances held at St. John United Methodist Church. The 2014-15 Season Opening Orchestral Concert will be held at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on August 31. https://performancesantafe.org/
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