All the City’s a Stage

November Performing Arts Scene

Santa Fe is known as a major arts center, but it's not limited to fine arts. On any given night of the week, you can catch class acts performing on stages across the city, from classical and jazz musicians to pop and indie bands, stand-up comics and many others. This is true for any season, not just during the high season of summer. Take a look, for instance, at some of the exciting events on Santa Fe's performance calendar for the month of November. You'll find so much more on our Santa Fe events calendar.

A Little Night Music

Jazz aficionados will be thrilled to hear that Grammy-winning pianist Billy Childs will take the stage at the Lensic Performing Arts Center this Friday, November 8 at 7:30 pm, presented by Performance Santa Fe. He'll be joined by a powerhouse quartet, consisting of Josh Johnson on saxophone, Alex Boneham on bass and Ari Hoenig on drums for an evening of what "The Guardian" calls“ ultra-sophisticated, gracefully crafted jazz.” Childs has picked up five Grammy awards—two for composition, two for arrangement and one for his latest album "Rebirth," —along with 16 Grammy nominations. He's collaborated with superstars such as Sting, Chick Corea, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Wynton Marsalis and Gladys Knight. The "Los Angeles Times "calls him "an inventive composer and arranger whose effort in those areas consistently expands the dimensions of the jazz genre — and beyond.” What's really cool is that before he plays on Friday night, he'll host a master class for students in the New Mexico School for the Arts jazz ensemble. 

Performance Santa Fe brings another extraordinary musician to Santa Fe when Israeli pianist Einav Yarden makes her New Mexico debut on November 21at 7:30 pm in the New Mexico Museum of Art. Based in Berlin, Yarden is celebrated for playing obscure works, breathing new life into pieces by Haydn, Stravinsky and other prominent composers. She has performed at the prestigious Verbier Festival in the Swiss Alps and the Ravinia Festival in Highland, Park, Ill. and she's collaborated with conductors Neville Marriner and Leon Fleisher. The evening's program includes Bach's "Partita no. 4 in D Major," Haydn's "Fantasy in C. Major" and Schumann's "Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17." This is a wonderful opportunity to hear a rising pianist who has, what the German newspaper "Der Tagesspiegel" calls, a "glistening touch."

Comic Relief

Who doesn't need a good laugh in these turbulent times?  That's why you shouldn't miss Tig Notaro, recently named “one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time” by "Rolling Stone."  Notaro, who hails from Mississippi, is also a writer, radio contributor and actress who was recently cast in "First Ladies," a Netflix political comedy that also stars Jennifer Aniston. Notaro's "Live" album, nominated for a Grammy, showcases the deadpan comedy she's famous for, a unique blend of distinctive storytelling with wry, offbeat humor.  She'll take the Lensic Performing Arts Center stage on November 17, at 7 pm.  

The Cat Comes Back

"Puss in Boots," the famous French fairy tale, gets a thoroughly Latinx makeover in a new production, "Puss in Boots, or El Gato Con Botas" presented by Teatro Paraguas Southside Children's Theatre. Adapted and directed by local playwright Rebecca Morgan with original songs written by Jeff Tarnoff and JoJo Sena de Tarnoff, this one-hour tale explores the adventures of one feisty cat (played by JoJo Sena de Tarnoff) who seeks fortune for her pal Albertino, the miller's son. The plot includes the wailing King Woebegone (Argos MacCallum), Princessa Rosa (Jeni Tincher) and even an ogre (Carlos de la Torre). Look for cameos from members of Teatro Paraguas’ children's program, playing kitties, dancers, servants and townspeople. Talking cats, singing ogres,  dancing kids, along with laughter, music and jokes, what more could you ask for from a family-fun theater event? The show runs Nov. 16-17 and 23-24, with performances at 6 pm on Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays. Get ticket info and other details through Theatre Santa Fe.

Music at Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf is a hot spot in Santa Fe just about any day or night. This immersive, interactive multiverse hosts an array of workshops, community events, open art-making studios and so much more. And then there's the music, all kinds of music played by touring bands, solo musicians, DJs and others. For instance, Ozomatli , the three-time Grammy-winning six-member band out of L.A. brings it multi-cultural sound to this intimate stage on Nov. 13, starting at 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm).  Nov. 23 brings Big Freedia , aka the Queen of Bounce. This New Orleans-based rapper is an ambassador of Bounce music, a high-energy style of New Orleans hip hop music. You may have caught her hit reality show on Fuse TV, " Big Freedia Bounces Back." For more than a decade, she's dominated the club scene in the Big Easy. Doors open at 9 pm. Check Meow Wolf's full schedule to see all the wild events happening this November:

Sing Hallelujah!

Get ready to sing your heart out in the "Hallelujah Chorus" of Handel’s "Messiah," during the annual performance by the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus,  led by Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa with Choral Director Carmen Flórez-Mansi. Handel composed the "Messiah" in just three weeks during the summer of 1741, and the work has endured for nearly three centuries. Ever since the composer's lifetime, the "Messiah" has been one of the best-loved works of the holiday season. The dramatic music will soar to the rafters of the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 23  at 7 pm, and again on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 4 pm. As always, the audience will be invited to stand and sing "Hallelujah" in a joyful collaboration with the chorus and orchestra. This is a Santa Fe holiday tradition that even old Scrooge wouldn't won't want to miss.