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40th Anniversary Season

bringing great music to life®.

The 2023–2024 Season of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus marks 40 years of performing live classical music in “The City Different”—Santa Fe, New Mexico. Founded in 1984 by Gregory W. Heltman, with top-flight musicians whose resumes include outstanding conservatories and the world’s most esteemed orchestras, The Symphony performs under the baton of renowned conductor, violinist, and violist, Music Director, Guillermo Figueroa. As the only professional symphony orchestra-with-chorus in Northern New Mexico, the Orchestra today is managed by Executive Director, Emma Scherer, and includes 65 professional musicians, all New Mexico residents, and a volunteer chorus of over 70 singers led by Choral Director, Carmen Flórez-Mansi. The Season runs September through May, offering a wide range of orchestral music that excites the most avid lover of great music and inspires the young and young at heart, presenting 10 to 12 subscription concerts at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center; free community performances at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, plus special events and chamber performances at unique venues across Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe Symphony and the Santa Fe Institute collaborated to produce “The Majesty of Music & Mathematics: Voyages of Discovery IV,” a unique program that illuminates and explores the intersections of music and mathematics. The original production debuted in 2013, featuring dramatic music by The Symphony and narration by SFI mathematician and computer scientist Cris Moore, all complemented by an expansive overhead multimedia presentation. Due to the presentation’s success and noteworthy educational content, The Symphony and SFI worked with New Mexico PBS to produce of a high-definition edition of the program for distribution to the widest possible audience, which was filmed before a live audience at The Lensic in June 2017, and produced by Miles O’Brien.