The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe’s year-round home for the performing arts, presents its stellar line-up of events for the 2023-24 season. Included are twenty-five performances, ranging from live music to dance, theater, family shows, and comedy acts, from some of the biggest names in the industry, including Terence Blanchard, Anoushka Shankar, David Sedaris, Judith Hill and more. The season begins June 15, 2023 and runs through April 2, 2024.
Lensic 2023-24 Performance Schedule
On & On: José James Sings Badu
Thursday, June 15, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
The Jazz singer for the Hip-Hop generation brings his interpretation of Erykah Badu’s iconic music catalog to Santa Fe, in support of his new project, On & On.
Meredith Monk with Katie Geissinger and Allison Sniffin in Concert
Saturday, August 26, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, composer/performer Meredith Monk returns to the Lensic with two members of her renowned Vocal Ensemble, offering a rare, intimate concert reflecting six decades of innovation and awe-inspiring vocal mastery.
The Regina Carter Quartet
Thursday, September 14, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
A MacArthur Fellow and Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, Carter is jazz’s leading violinist known for seamlessly traversing jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, and everything in between.
Stefon Harris and Blackout
Friday, September 15, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
A disciple of Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, and Bobby Hutcherson, Stefon Harris belongs to the grand lineage of vibraphonists in jazz, displaying passionate artistry, an energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity.
Saturday, September 16, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
With a career now blazing into its third decade, jazz bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride returns to the Lensic with a vibrant intergenerational band that will raise the roof and leave you wishing for more.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Sunday, September 17, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Setting the gold standard for excellence in authentic, New York-style Latin jazz, under the direction of world-renowned pianist Oscar Hernández, the members of Spanish Harlem Orchestra are committed to the unparalleled musical experience that is the raw, organic, and vintage sound of the barrio.
Mariachi Herencia de México
Thursday, September 28, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
At the forefront of a new generation, Mariachi Herencia de México join Grammy-winning La Santa Cecilia vocalist La Marisoul for an unforgettable night that takes mariachi to new heights.
Friday, October 6, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Armed with the unique perspective of growing up in rural Idaho to becoming a favorite in the New York stand-up comedy scene, Hamilton has won over millions with riffs on the absurdity of his own wholesomeness.
The R. Carlos Nakai Trio, featuring William Eaton and Will Clipman
Thursday, October 12, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
The world’s premier Native American flutist, harp-guitarist, and worldbeat percussionist come together for a remarkable night of music spanning from soothing dreamscapes to mesmerizing trance dance grooves.
Friday, October 20, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
The daughter and student of the legendary Ravi Shankar, sitar virtuoso Anoushka is deeply rooted in Indian classical music and has blazed a singular path that encompasses inventive arrangements, sensitive virtuosity, and a neoclassical approach.
An Evening with David Sedaris
Wednesday, November 1 & Thursday, November 2, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
One of America’s preeminent humor writers will be live on stage in support of his newest book Happy Go Lucky, offering a selection of all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session, and book signing.
Jacob Jonas The Company
Friday, November 10, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
The Los Angeles-based creative company that intersects dance across mediums to make original works and initiates nontraditional collaborations brings its fresh take on contemporary ballet, breakdancing, and acrobatic movement to Santa Fe.
Sunday, November 12, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Deemed “a rockstar for little language learners” by Billboard, the Latin Grammy-winning husband-and-wife duo pack a high-energy punch with catchy songs in Spanish and English.
Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
One of rock’s most talented songwriters, Ryan performs an acoustic tour-de-force showcasing his lifelong dedication to songwriting, in which his abilities are highly adored by artistic peers and cherished fans alike.
Kings Return Christmas
Thursday, December 7, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
The unique, harmonizing group-turned-internet sensation captures the essence of an old-school a cappella quartet with sounds inspired by gospel and R&B, and has a reputation for performing diverse arrangements, including those from their joyous 2021 Christmas release.
A Celtic Family Christmas
Tuesday, December 19, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
The holidays truly become a family affair when married duo Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy—two of the globe’s best and brightest fiddle players—invite their children onstage for an unforgettable night of holiday fun.
Joe Illick & The New Year’s Eve Orchestra
Sunday, December 31, 2023, 1 p.m.
Ring out 2023 with a holiday tradition that keeps getting better every year. Santa Fe’s own Joe Illick brings his all-star orchestra to ring in the new year with soloist Augustin Hadelich.
Thursday, February 1, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
Accompanied by live musicians, the world-renowned troupe perform awe-inspiring acrobatic feats with high-tech special effects that have astounded audiences for generations with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control.
Terence Blanchard, E-Collective and Turtle Island String Quartet
Thursday, February 22, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
Film composer Terence Blanchard and his acclaimed collaborators pay tribute to iconic jazz composer Wayne Shorter, reimagining songs from across and inspired by Shorter’s adventurous catalog.
Friday, February 23, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
Praised by Rolling Stone for her stellar powerhouse vocals, Hill’s music is rich in throwback soul, stunning piano balladry, and swaggering psychedelic funk that will both glue you to the back of your seat, and have you dancing in the aisles.
Donald Byrd, Spectrum Dance Theater present Grief
Thursday, February 29, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
Looking white supremacy right in the eye, Tony Award-nominated choreographer Donald Byrd’s Grief explores the experiences of Mamie Till-Mobley after the 1955 murder of her son, Emmett Till.
Taj Mahal Quartet and Sona Jobarteh
Friday, March 1, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
With three Grammy Award wins and fourteen nominations, Taj Mahal has been a giant on the Blues and Americana scene for more than 50 years, but he continues to bring his own spin on music of all kinds for his loving fans.
Sunday, March 3, 2024, 3 p.m.
This reimagined production by TheatreWorksUSA features bluegrass music and a clever set design, telling the treasured story of selfless love and the true meaning of friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte.
Saturday, March 16, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet, Lúnasa, returning by popular demand for the second year in a row.
American Ballet Theatre Studio Company
Thursday, March 28, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
The junior company of the American Ballet Theatre, comprised of rising stars who will become iconic dancers of tomorrow, perform new custom pieces commissioned by a wide variety of choreographers.
Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers of Drum Tao deliver an edge-of-your-seat, tour-de-force evening of strength and driving rhythms.
Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. If a show is scheduled on a Sunday, the box office will open that day from noon to 4 p.m. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the website, call 505-988-1234, or visit the Lensic box office.
About the Lensic
Lensic Performing Arts Center, a historic venue in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, is home to nearly 200 events each year. Built in 1931 as a vaudeville stage and movie palace, the Lensic was fully renovated in 2001 and reopened as a nonprofit, community-supported organization that provides high-quality arts experiences for everyone. Our stage is a home for Santa Fe’s performance groups and welcomes touring artists throughout the year; our original Lensic Presents programming series showcases world-class artists from near and far; and our life-enriching arts education programs reach more than 15,000 students annually. Learn more at the website.This article was posted by David Salcido