SFCA announces holiday and new year concerts

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The Santa Fe Concert Association announces Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve concerts. 

The Christmas Eve concert is 5 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. 

Tickets are $25, $45, $70 and $95. 

A dress rehearsal will be 2 p.m. Open to the public for $10. The rehearsal is part of the Family Concert Series. 

A Christmas Eve tradition in Santa Fe, Joseph Illick conducts the SFCA Orchestra featuring virtuoso violinist Caroline Goulding. Called “precociously gifted” by Gramophone, Goulding has performed as a soloist since her debut at age 13 with some of North America’s premier orchestras.  In November, 2013 she appeared as part of the Great Performers of Lincoln Center series. 

The otherwise all-Beethoven program will begin with a piece by the extraordinarily gifted, young composer Ezra Shcolnik. Ezra is also a very talented violinist, and his piece March and Fugue is scored for full orchestra and two solo violins. The solo violin parts will be performed by Shcolnik and Phoenix Avalon. Both Santa Fe boys are 12-years-old. 

Families and children can also experience the joy of a concert performance this Christmas Eve. As part of the SFCA Family Concert Series, take advantage of $10 general admission tickets to the 2 p.m. orchestral concert dress rehearsal. 

A New Year’s Eve concert is slated for 5 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets are $25, $45, $70 and $95. There will also be a dress rehearsal will be 2 p.m., open to the public for $10. 

Make this a New Year’s Eve to remember with a night of music performed by the SFCA Orchestra and world-renowned pianist Claire Huangci, who has been said to have “the fastest fingers in the world.” This exciting and thoroughly enjoyable evening will include Brahms’ Second Symphony as well as a special treat: Joseph Illick joining Huangci to perform Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos.

Huangci began her international career at the age of nine. Since then, she has been awarded many grants, performed innumerable concerts, and won several international prizes, long out-growing the image of a prodigy and coming into artistic maturity. With her technical brilliance, deep musical expression, playful virtuosity and keen sensibility, she captures her audience’s imagination all over the world.

Watch and listen: youtube.com/watch?v=4ieATCmQ42Y. 

Programs available at the SFCA website and are subject to change. 

Order through Tickets Santa Fe 988-1234, ticketssantafe.org or through the SFCA office at 984-8759; student, teacher, and group discounts available.

For season and other information, visit santafeconcerts.org.