Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
The Santa Fe Symphony is Santa Fe's professional full-sized orchestra with volunteer chorus. We focus on orchestral masterpieces that thrill your senses and feed your soul. Please join us during our exciting 30th Anniversary Season of performances at the beautiful Lensic, Santa Fe's Performing Arts Center, featuring outstanding gold medalists, first prize winning soloists, and beloved masterworks. View The Symphony's 2013-2014 concert information at http://www.santafesymphony.org/season.html
The Santa Fe Symphony was born on September 2, 1984 at a free concert given at the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe. A group of dedicated musicians and music-lovers, under the leadership of Founder & General Director Gregory W. Heltman, made a bold decision to establish a professional symphony orchestra in Santa Fe. That initial concert included a Rossini overture, Handel’s Water Music, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 2. Donations totaled $1,800, which were later supplemented by further contributions. Thus The Santa Fe Symphony began on a very meager budget, with the musicians contributing their services either for free or a fraction of the customary rate. The Chorus of Santa Fe (The Santa Fe Symphony Chorus) was founded five years earlier in 1979 and merged with the Symphony in 1986. Choral Director Dr. Linda Raney came on board in 1997.
Since then, The Santa Fe Symphony has continued to fulfill its mission to inspire, delight, engage, and enrich audiences of all ages and cultures in Santa Fe, Northern New Mexico and beyond, offering orchestral and choral concerts of the highest professional quality as well as education and outreach programs for adults and school children. Performing a regular subscription series at the 790-seat Lensic, Santa Fe's Performing Arts Center, The Santa Fe Symphony is recognized as a vital, community-focused musical organization. It is one of two fully professional, full-sized symphony orchestras in the state and is the largest professional symphonic organization in Santa Fe.
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