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Tidbits: Santa Fe Winter Fiesta, music and the great outdoors

It’s January and things are slowing down a little. It’s a perfect time to visit Santa Fe. It’s sunny and dry. Even at 40 degrees (or less) you can comfortably walk around without hat and gloves. If it’s cloudy, damp and windy, then, like everywhere else with winter, bundle up. Mostly, you’ll be in luck as we get over 300 sunny days a year. The average January temperature is 44 degrees, though it’s gotten to 50 a few times the last few weeks.

Santa Fe Winter Fiesta:

The Second Annual Santa Fe Winter Fiesta is coming up. It runs from January 27th through February 5th.  According to promoters, the event offers “the best of Santa Fe’s art, culture, shopping, music, award-winning cuisine, outdoor activities and snow skiing throughout the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.” Buy a pass for $10 and enjoy discounts all around town, including discounts on lift tickets at Ski Santa Fe and special offers and events from a variety of local businesses, including local restaurants and hotels. Our travel-planning and tour business, The Santa Fe Traveler, has joined the fun.. We’re offering a 10% discount to all Winter Fiesta pass-holders during the 10-day event. For other special Winter Fiesta offers and event information, visit their website.

Santa Fe Winter Fiesta: Grupo Fantastico performing, photo courtesy Hutton Broadcasting

Grupo Fantastico will be performing at the Santa Fe Winter Fiesta, photo/courtesy Hutton Broadcasting

The Great Outdoors:

One of our favorite places in the Santa Fe area is Bandolier National Monument. The cliff dwellings are a wonderful peek at New Mexico’s past. The ancestors of the current day Cochiti Pueblo lived here about a thousand years ago. They also offer hiking and snowshoeing trails for outdoor fun. This coming weekend, all national parks and monuments are offering free admission in honor of the Martin Luther King Weekend.

Saturday, January 14th, Bandelier is offering a free ranger-guided snowshoe walk at 1pm. Beginners are welcome, but participants must be over 12 years old due to safety issues. You must have you own snow shoes. There are rental places in Santa Fe. For details and to sign up, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at (505) 672-3861 extension 517.

Snowshoing at Bandelier National Monument, courtesy NPS photo

Snowshoeing at Bandelier National Monument, photo/courtesy NPS photo

Music and dance:

If you are a fan of four-handed piano, The Santa Fe Concert Association is presenting the critically acclaimed four-hand piano team Anderson and Roe on Thursday, January 19th at 7:30pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The duo, offer what promoters are calling “adrenalized classical concerts that are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century.” The Southampton Press called them the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of the keyboard. Music educator and former Santa Fe New Mexican music critic, Craig Smith, will present a behind the scenes look at the music and performers one hour prior to the performance at 6:30pm on the Lensic stage. Tickets are available from the SFCA at (505)-984-8759, from the Lensic box office, or online from Tickets Santa Fe.

Anderson and Roe will play four-handed piano in Santa Fe, photo Woodrow Leung

Anderson and Roe will be playing four-handed piano in Santa Fe, photo/Woodrow Leung

We’ve been listening to Sirius/XM’s Outlaw Country channel in the car. We feel like DJ/country singer, Elizabeth Cook,  has become a friend. Cook and her Band will be playing at Santa Fe Sol (formerly the Santa Fe Brewing Company on Monday, January 16th at 7:30pm. Tickets, available from The Lensic Box Office or on line at Tickets Santa Fe, are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Elizabeth Cook, photo/courtesy Heath Concerts

Country singer and Sirius/XM DJ Elizabeth Cook coming to Santa Fe, photo/courtesy Heath Concerts

Vanessie, a local restaurant, is a popular music destination. For years, their piano bar has a piano player nightly. They’ve expended into other music genres. On Thursday January 18tje at 7:30pm the Santa Fe Performance Exchange will present fiddler Laura Cortese and her Acoustic Project. Cortese calls her style “new folk”. She and her group, featuring Mariel Vandersteel also playing fiddle and Valerie Thompson on cello, will perform and sing both traditional and original tunes. Vanessie will be serving their bar menu before and during the show. Tickets are $15 advance/$18 at the door. Advanced tickets and more information are available here.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents the internationally known Momix, an avant-garde troupe of dancers/illusionists, on Tuesday, January 24th at 7:30pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.  They will perform their newest full-length piece, Botanica. Danced to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons,  the work was inspired by the world of flowers and plants. According to ASFB, “Botanica invites the outdoors in with magnificent props, costumes and stage design and a beautiful score layered with birdsongs”. The company is known for “their ability to conjure up a universe of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body.”  Tickets are available at the Lensic box office or at Tickets Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Pro Musica has a weekend of classical music planned from Friday January 27th through Sunday, January 29th.  Friday at 7:30pm, the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra will perform a program of Brahms, Beethoven and Mendelssohn joined by Philippine pianist, Cecile Licad. On Saturday Licad gives a solo recital at 6pm. The program includes the works of Liszt and Chopin. On Sunday, the orchestra returns for a program of works by Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Mozart featuring violinist, Chad Hoope. All concerts are at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available from the Pro Musica box office at (505) 988-4640, at the Lensic Box Office or through Tickets Santa Fe.

That’s our Santa Fe round-up for this week. If you have any Santa Fe events you want to share with us, let us know.

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4 Responses to “Tidbits: Santa Fe Winter Fiesta, music and the great outdoors”

  1. Wendy Kapp
    January 11, 2019 at 7:20 am #

    Hi Billy,
    Great Blog,
    I wanted to share it on my Two Casitas FB page but it would not allow me to for the first time??? I could get it on my personal page Wendy Kapp which is what I always have to do before sending to Two Casitas Page.Wonder why? Anyways perhpas I can attach the link. Thanks for all your fantastic writing. I should be coming out with my new blog very soon.I will still continue to post yours. Its so fantastic.

    • Billie Frank
      January 11, 2019 at 8:09 am #

      Wendy, not sure what the problem is. Maybe you can’t do shares from a page. You can definitely cut and paste the link. Thanks for your kind words about the blog.

  2. Charles Higgins
    January 12, 2019 at 10:24 pm #

    Would like to see if Miss Cook can yodel..for some weird reason…thanks for the update on current Santa fe goins-on..

    • Billie Frank
      January 14, 2019 at 6:34 pm #

      You can email her at Sirius/XM and ask her. Maybe she’ll do it on air.

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