Santa Fe Symphony's 1:1 performances bring safety and respite to a pandemic-obsessed community
Surely you've noticed the omnipresent feelings of dread these past few months? It's the pandemic for sure, but it's also something to do with how your brain is only equipped to handle a finite amount of stressors without kicking a sort of self-preservatory set of functions into motion. In simpler terms? You're stressed the heck out, buds, and a good chunk of that has to do with the things we've lost.
Take, for example, the arts. six-ish months ago, we were in bars and museums, venues and theaters—and we were enjoying live music and visual arts in these spaces, and not having access to these things almost makes life not worth living, right? Right. And while we'll give it up to outfits like AMP Concerts for figuring out how to do drive-in concerts, the most intriguing COVID-19 workaround we've seen thus far comes from the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Known as SFS 1:1, the ongoing series offers intimate one-on-one micro-performances for hire with orchestra members and other classical musicians in nice locations, such as the garden in the Santa Fe Children's Museum, the Museum Hill Café or the roof of Thornburg Investment Management (the view is beautiful, don't knock it).
"We are so used to consuming music passively as part of an anonymous crowd, or with a stage barring the way—this series eliminates those barriers," Symphony Executive Director Daniel Crupi tells SFR. "The series is also a great way to financially support our musicians, who have been some of the hardest-hit professionals by the COVID-19 crisis."
This could be a real nice date night thing, or just a way to ensure it's still worth it for world class musicians to stick around Santa Fe. Book one. (Alex De Vore)
Various days and times all week. $50.
Call or email Sharon Redsun at 983-3530
So during the intense 1700-somethings of American history, this lady named Mary Katherine Goddard was not only a well-known printer, she was the postmaster of Baltimore. She was, it seems, the first lady postmaster in America—and she printed the second-ever version of the Declaration of Independence (aka the Goddard Broadside). Neat! Enter a 15-minute Zoom play from the folks at Teatro Paraguas starring Maureen McKenna and Nick Kapustinsky. Set in the offices of a Maryland newspaper, the work from Los Alamos-based playwright Robert F Benjamim oughta prove something about how women don't often get the cred they deserve. Visit the Teatro Paraguas website for more—and maybe to donate. (ADV)
7 pm Friday, Sept. 4. Free.
As humankind continues to find new ways to skirt the pandemic, AMP Concerts and hip-hop royalty Raashan Ahmad join up for a drive-in dance party both responsible and exciting. Soul, funk, dance jamz, Motown, hip-hop—no stone will be left unturned in Ahmad/AMP's quest to help people leave their homes and socialize from a distance. It's part of a larger AMP initiative that's bringing live music events back to Santa Fe, and though you might balk at the price range at first, keep in mind that they charge by the carload. DJs Dynamite Sol, D-Monic and Ride round out the festivities. (ADV)
Love & Happiness:
7 pm Saturday Sept. 5. $49-$110.
HIPICO Santa Fe
100 S Polo Drive, 474-0999
You've seen a lot of art and you know what you like (probably), but chances are you might not understand everything that went into a piece. It's common, don't sweat it. In attempts to sidestep such a conundrum (and to bring cool art talks right into your home in a future-y kind of way), artist Matthew Sievers joins up with Blue Rain Gallery for a talk on how modern day glazing techniques can provide and alter some much-needed texture for pretty much any painting. Known for detailed landscapes, Sievers studied under his father, and one look at how he does skies should go a long way toward helping you understand he knows what he's talking about. In short? See nice art, learn how it was made. Boom. (ADV)
Virtual Artist Lecture: Matthew Sievers:
3 pm Tuesday, Sept. 8. Free.