Throughout the fall and spring, the historic Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center, hosts The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in each of our regular season concerts. From 20th-century triumphs like Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony to long-loved spectacles like our annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, experience it all right from downtown—steps away from the dining and shopping surrounding the Santa Fe Plaza.
As part of our commitment to the community, The Symphony also presents a variety of performances, large and small, with other local venue partners. This spring, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe will feature The Symphony Chorus in their March 12 Choral Masterworks program, and chamber music events spearheaded by our Music Education Committee take place at schools and retirement centers throughout the greater Santa Fe area.
Built in 1931, The Lensic is more than a theater to the people of Santa Fe. For most of the 20th century, The Lensic was a place for a first kiss in the balcony, a grand silver screen in the midst of the Depression, a vaudeville venue where the community could see the singers, actors, dancers and comedians of the day. It was a place where magic happened.
By the late 1990s, however, the theater had fallen into disrepair. Despite one-of-a-kind architecture and seating for more than eight hundred people, The Lensic was in danger of becoming an empty house when in 1999 a vision for a world-class performing arts center was born. It was time for a new chapter in the venerated theater’s life.
Thanks to a group of dedicated individuals who saw the potential for the venue and the future benefit for Santa Fe, the renovation and refurbishing of the old theater began in 2000 with gifts from individuals, local businesses, the city and foundations.
In April 2001, The Lensic Theater once again opened its doors to the people of Santa Fe, now as the nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center. It’s a place where magic still happens, more than two hundred nights a year.