Happy New Year! Santa Fe was swarming with visitors over Christmas, but this weekend as we rode into town, it was really quiet. That’s the beauty of visiting The City Different in January; you almost have it to yourself. It’s a great time to plan a trip here.
The Four Star, Four Diamond Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, 113 Washington Avenue, will be renovating its 58 guest rooms over the next few months. Work begins this month and will continue through March. They work will be done floor by floor and the hotel will remain open throughout. The Inn says designer Jim Rimelspach of Wilson Associates, the firm that did the interiors when they opened in 1991, has “reimagined the Inn’s 58 guestrooms to reflect a modern, sophisticated aesthetic while still celebrating the hotel’s Southwestern spirit and Adobe architecture”. The redesign includes custom-designed handcrafted furniture, southwestern inspired textiles and work by local artists and artisans.
Santa Fe film and theater
Some things take you back to you past. The press release I received last week from the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival did just that. On Sunday, January 19th at noon, they are screening Joe Papp in Five Acts at the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail. The film is about the founder of New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park and the Public Theater. Anyone, with the least bit interest in theater, who was raised in New York or lived there in the sixties and seventies (and later), knows this legendary name. Papp’s mission was to bring theater to everyone. The NYC Shakespeare Festival performances were free. You had to arrive early and line up for tickets. The Public Theater had accessible ticket pricing.
When I was young, I spent two summers ushering in the open-air Delacourt Theater in the middle of Central Park, just below Belvedere Castle. It was the perfect setting for the Bard. I also worked for the Public Theater their first season (my first year out of college). Oh the memories! The dynamic Papp launched many acting careers including Martin Sheen, James Earl Jones, and Meryl Streep. He also discovered now-renowned playwrights and directors. He also brought the American theater many hit plays including the musicals, Hair and A Chorus Line. I will be in the audience with tissue in hand going back to my past and watching this film memorialize one of the greatest forces in 20th century theater. Arrive early (11:30am) for coffee, a lox and bagels “nosh” and copies of the New York Times crossword puzzle. After the showing, costume designer and Santa Fe resident, Patricia McGourty, will share some of her experiences working with Papp. Advance tickets, $12 to $17 are available on their website (they’ll be $15 to $20 at the door).
The second staged reading of actor/writer Tom Noonan’s What Happened Was…; a darkly humorous play exploring the personal psychic landscape of Jackie and Michael, two lonely New Yorkers, takes place at the Jean Cocteau Theater, 418 Montezuma Avenue on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00pm. Local actors, Aaron Leventman and Mary Beth Lindsey are directed by Michael Graves. There is a $10 suggested donation..
Santa Fe Music
The Santa Fe Concert Association has three events scheduled for January.
The Barber of Seville:
SFCA presents its 5th annual free Community Opera performances. This year they are staging Rossini’s The Barber of Seville on Friday, January 10th at 7:00pm, Saturday, January 11th at 2pm, and Sunday, January 12th at 2pm. The donor-funded series is designed to introduce children, teens and their parents to opera, thought all are welcome at these free performances held at the Scottish Rite Temple.
Notes on Music: The Sing-Along of the Nibelung:
The next entry in SFCA’s Sing Along series will be held on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30pm at the United Church of Santa Fe, 1804 Arroyo Chamiso Road. The group’s Artistic Director Joseph Illick will talk about composer Richard Wagner and lead a group sing-along of music from Wagner’s Ring Cycle based on characters from the Norse sagas and the Nibelungenlied. Tickets are $20.
Discover the Joy of Music II
On Sunday, January 26th at 4pm, Discover the Joy of Music II, a family concert series, will feature Mozart and Mendelssohn violin concertos. Join Joseph Ilick who will narrate, play the piano and conduct the musicians for this new series designed to bring the experience of classical music to families with children and music-lovers of all ages. Concerts will last about one hour to be child and family friendly, and are affordable and inspiring.
Tickets for all the paid concerts above are available at the SFCA box office (505) 984-8759, at the Lensic box office, or online at Tickets Santa Fe see link below). Student, teacher, and group discounts are available directly from SFCA.
The Santa Fe Symphony presents Bruckner’s fourth symphony, the ‘Romantic’ and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate on Sunday, January 19th at 4pm at The Lensic. Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center. The concert will be conducted by James Feddeck, Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and features rising opera star, soprano Rachel Hall. Tickets are $20 to $70 (see ticketing information below).
Santa Fe Pro Musica presents its Classical Weekend on Saturday, January 25 at 6pm and Sunday, January 26 at 3pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The program featuring soloist Cármelo de los Santos and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra with, Thomas O’Connor, conductor, presents Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21. Tickets, $20, $35, $45, $65, are available at the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office (505) 988-4640 (or see ticketing information below). Students and teacher discounted tickets, $10, are available only through the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office.
Tickets for all the above paid concerts are available at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.
If you’re a fan of the thirties “gypsy jazz” style of guitarist Django Rhinehardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli, you’ll love Trio Bijou. The group, featuring Gemma DeRagon on violin and vocals, Andy Gabrys on guitar, and Andy Zadrozny on acoustic bass will be at the Zia Diner on Thursday, January 16th from 6:30-8:30pm. There is no cover charge for the evening performance.
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