When Santa Fe, N.M., celebrates its 400th anniversary as America’s oldest capital city on Sept. 6, it will do so with an impressive fireworks display as part of its “Symphony Under the Stars.” The show, which will feature more than 70 members of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, will take place at the ¡Viva! Santa Fe Mainstage in Fort Marcy Ball Field.
“We are thrilled to perform “Symphony Under the Stars” as part of the 400th commemoration of Santa Fe,” said Greg Heltman, founder and general director of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. “This concert of audience favorites will be the perfect chance to enjoy wonderful music under the beautiful Santa Fe sunset. It is a great way for families to enjoy the symphony in a relaxed, fun setting. The music ranges from Gershwin to Bernstein, Chabrier to Rossini, with soaring works by Mexican composers Moncayo and Galindo plus the Spanish March Los Conquistadors by Santa Fe resident Jose Garcia.”
Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets to the concert and the performance will end with a spectacular fireworks finale. Gates for the concert open at 4:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert. Tickets are $30 for reserved seats, of which only 600 are available, for both adults and children. Picnic seating is just $12 and kids 12 and under are free. Concert tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketssantafe.org.
Evening concerts in celebration of the 400th anniversary begin on Saturday, Sept.5 with Grammy award-winning Native American drum group, Black Eagle, Navajo rock band Blackfire, Oaxacan-native singer Lila Downs, “King of New Mexico Music” Tobias Rene and the multiple Latin Grammy Award-winning band Ozomatli. The Fort Marcy ball field gates will open at 4 p.m. and the concert is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. In honor of Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary, the first 400 tickets for this opening show will be sold for just $16.10 per adult ($12 for kids 12 and under). Regular advance tickets are $25 each.
Both evening concerts are just one part of the ¡Viva! Santa Fe weekend, which also includes a free, multicultural festival in Mager’s Field. The festival runs from Saturday, Sept. 5to Sunday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and features cooking demos with the Santa Fe School of Cooking, musical performances, dance workshops and artist demonstrations, along with a large, interactive kids’ area.