Santa Fe holiday music runs the gamut from classical to pop. Throughout the season, there are holiday music and dance performances. The groups below are established members of the Santa Fe cultural scene and offer holiday programs every year. This is the 2010 Christmas concert schedule. For a current listing of holiday concerts, check the websites for each group.
The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents The Nutcracker on Saturday and December 11th and Sunday December12th at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Their version of beloved ballet is for the most part, a classical presentation. The second act adds an unexpected twist with circus-like performances that enchant. The costumes and sets are wonderful; the dancing world-class, even the young dancers in the production are terrific. The audience is filled with children and they seem spellbound. The fast-paced performance keeps them entranced. There is not a sound in the house beside the music. Adults love this Nutcracker too.
The Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble, celebrating their 30th consecutive year of performances in 2010 presents choral “music inspired by the season,” December 11th, 12th, 17th and 18th at the historic Loretto Chapel.
The Santa Fe Symphony has two holiday offerings this year. On December 16th Carols & Choruses a free concert will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis de Assisi. The concert begins at 7p.m. doors open at 6:30p.m. This is a popular event; arrive early. Their Christmas Joy Concert is at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Sunday December 19th.
The Award-winning Desert Chorale presents their annual holiday concert, Carols and Lullabies, from December 17th through the 21st. The three Santa Fe performances (the one on the 19th is in Albuquerque) take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis de Assisi.
Santa Fe Pro Musica’s A Baroque Christmas is a holiday tradition. Performances held at the Loretto Chapel are December 19th and 21st to the 24th at 6pm and 8pm. The last performances are the night after Christmas. What a perfect way to end the holiday. On Sunday December 19th they offer a mixed program of holiday favorites.
The Santa Fe Concert Association presents Christmas Eve and New Years Eve concerts every year. Get your tickets early, these popular events sell out.
There are always additional musical offerings and the best way to see what’s happening is to check out Tickets Santa Fe. They sell tickets for most venues in town and list those concerts on their site.
Enjoy the holiday music and have a safe and happy holiday season.
Writer’s note: As a former hotel concierge and the owner of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writer has attended some performance as a guest of the sponsoring group. While these experiences have not influenced any articles on this site, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure