It’s been warming up lately, except for a few light dustings of snow. The aspen trees outside our kitchen window are starting to bud. If the groundhog was in Santa Fe last Thursday, he definitely didn’t see his shadow, so spring must be on the way. To take your mind off what’s left of winter, here’s what’s coming up in the next few weeks.
Saturday, February 25th at 6pm, the Santa Fe Pro Musica presents the Szymanowski String Quartet at the St. Francis Auditorium. The group from Warsaw, Poland was founded in 1995. They will present works of Mendelssohn and Beethoven and J. S Bach. The group, who has received a number of awards, started the Lviv Chamber Music Festival at the UNESCO World Heritage site on the border between the Ukraine and Poland in 2008. For tickets or more information, contact the Pro Musica box office at (505) 988-4640
The Santa Fe Concert Association is having a really full season. It seems like they have at least on event in Tidbits every week. This week there are two to tell you about:
On Tuesday, February 28, SFCA will present another evening in their Notes on Music series planned. It takes place at United Church of Santa Fe at 1804 Arroyo Chamiso at 7:30pm. SFCA’s Artistic Director Joseph Illick presents an intimate look at opera composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini, including selections from his “sparkling music” and stories from “his extremely colorful life”. Illick will be joined by mezzo-soprano Alyssa Anderson and tenor Javier Abreu. SFCA notes that Rossini “revolutionized the dramatic standards of opera, creating roles that demanded both great artistry and athleticism. In an art form dominated by sopranos, mezzo-sopranos will be forever grateful to Rossini for creating dozens of superb leading roles for them.” Tickets are $15.
SFSC has a fund-raiser on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Cabaret at The Lodge at Santa Fe. Backstage Broadway: An Evening with Joseph Thalken, features the well-known Broadway composer. Thalken will be joined by Mezzo-soprano Alissa Anderson and tenor Javier Abreu. They will perform music from shows he’s written including his latest musical And the Curtain Rises (book by Michael Slade and lyrics by Mark Campbell). The play is based on a true story about the birth of the first American musical. The evening includes a three course dinner with one glass of wine. There will be a cash bar in the foyer starting at 6pm. Dinner seating begins in the cabaret at 6:30pm, music at 6:45. Tickets are $125 (a portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. ).
Tickets for both events are available from the SFCA at (505) 984-8759, the Lensic Performing Arts Center box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe. As always, student tickets to both evenings are half-priced.
Always at the cutting edge of the art world, Site Santa Fe’s new exhibit Time-Lapse, a group exhibition that challenges the notion that an exhibition is a fixed entity, opens on Saturday February 18th. According to the arts organization which calls itself, “a dynamic platform for the production and presentation of artistic and curatorial innovation,” the exhibition will change continuously throughout the show. The show will be in constant flux with “hourly, daily, and weekly alterations to the works in the show, no two days of Time-Lapse will be the same.” There will be installations, performances and films. Participation artists include: Byron Kim, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Eve Sussman and Mary Temple. There are lots of events scheduled throughout the exhibition. Contact the museum for details.
The show’s March 2012 Project, features one work by a different artist every day. There will be work from Axle Contemporary Art, Daniel Bejar, Beth Coleman, Ron Cooper, Brent Green, Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Jennie C. Jones, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta- Kalleinen, Linda Montano, Paul Notzold, Geof Oppenheimer, Ben Patterson, Dawit Petros, Adrian Piper, Liliana Porter, Postcommodity, Mark Tribe, Donald Woodman and others.
Site Santa Fe (currently closed until February 18th) is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm, Fridays from 10am to 7pm and Sundays from noon to 5pm. Time-Lapse runs through May 29th 2012.
One of the most anticipated events in the Santa Fe art scene in winter is coming up. The 15th Annual ARTFeast takes place from February 24th through 26th at various venues around town. The weekend is a fund-raiser for ARTsmart, an organization that funds art programs in Santa Fe schools. One of the high points of ARTFeast is student-painted plates auctioned at events throughout the weekend.
The kick-off event The Art of Fashion Runway Show & Auction takes place at the Inn and Spa at Loretto from 11:30am to 2pm. Lunch, accompanied by fine wines, will be prepared by Executive Chef Matt Ostrander, of the Inn’s Luminaria restaurant. Models will be wearing clothing from both local and out of state designers. Accessories will be provided by shops. One of the highlights is an auction including 12 plates made students in ARTsmart-sponsored programs. Tickets are $100 per person (tables of 10 are $900).
Friday evening brings the always popular Edible Art Tour. From 5 to 8pm, Galleries around town team up with restaurants for an evening of art and food. There will be shuttle buses running between downtown and Canyon Road galleries. Admission buttons are $35 per person. This includes admission to Feast or Famine at Ore House at Milagro from 8pm to 2am. Non-button holders are $15 at the door.
On Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4pm, Santa Fe Properties invites the public to their Art of Home Tour. This tour features a selection of grand estates and charming casitas currently on the market. Each home features art specifically selected for the tour. Maps of the self-guided tour are available online and at SFP and ARTsmart offices.
The Gourmet Dinner & Auction at the Encantado, an Auberge Resort on Saturday at 6pm, an obviously popular event, is sold out. Get your tickets early for next year’s dinner.
The weekend wraps up with the Artists’ Champagne Brunch at Scottish Rite Temple 11am. Besides food catered by Peas ‘n’ Pod, there’s an auction featuring art ( including sculptures, paintings and jewelry), an I Made It! Plate set painted by a student in the ARTsmart-sponsored programs and travel, spa, and resort packages. Tickets are $75 (tables of eight are $600).
The great outdoors:
Santa Fe has a real treasure in The Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary, The center, located at the end of Upper Canyon Road closed during January and reopened on February 1st. One of their Join them on Saturday, February 18th from 10am to noon for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Participation is free.
The center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8am to 5pm. They offer weekly tours of artist Randall Davey’s historic home on Friday afternoons at 2pm ($5 per person) and free morning bird walks Saturdays at 8am.
If you have any upcoming events in Santa Fe, let us know.
Author’s note: As former hotel concierges, owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business and in Santa Fe, the writers may have at some time been guests of business or services mentioned in this post. These experiences do not influence this post in any way.