Saturday, April 17th, 2011

The Lensic 10th Anniversary Gala Celebration Performance

As well as the 80th Anniversary of the Lensic Theater

Date March 15, 2011 at 10:00 PM

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Categories Performing Arts


The Lensic 10th Anniversary Gala Celebration will feature a 5 p.m. performance with representation of the many organizations and presenters who call The Lensic home. On this evening, we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center in 2001 and the 80th birthday of the historic Lensic Theater.

The program will begin with a 10 minute film retrospective of the Lensic, including historic images from the 1930s and a video montage of Lensic performances over the years.

For the Gala evening, a unique orchestra has been formed-the 10th Anniversary Lensic Ensemble, comprised of musicians from the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Concert Association and Santa Fe Pro Musica. The Ensemble will play four selections, three of which will be led by guest conductors: Joseph Illick, Thomas O'Connor and Steven Smith. The Gala performance will also feature a soloist from Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, students from Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team, and members of Wise Fool New Mexico.

The 10th Anniversary Lensic Ensemble will perform the following selections:

Allegro vivace - Scherzo (3rd mvt.) from Symphony No. 1 in C
George Bizet (1838 - 1875)

Vivace (1st mvt.) from Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings & Continuo in d minor
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Conductor: Joseph Illick, Santa Fe Concert Association
Violins: Eric Illick and Lisamarie Vana

Joropo Peligroso from Three Latin American Dances
Dave Grusin (b. 1934)
Conductor: Thomas O'Connor, Santa Fe Pro Musica

Overture to Egmont
Ludwig von Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Conductor: Steven Smith, Santa Fe Symphony

After the performance, the Gala Celebration will continue in the Lumpkins Ballroom at La Fonda Hotel with a festive dinner (black-tie optional) and dancing to music by Soulstice.
All proceeds from the performance and the Gala dinner benefit the Fund the Future Campaign to maintain the historic theater and strengthen Lensic programming.

Event Details: The Lensic 10th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Champagne Reception in The Lensic Lobby - 4:30 p.m.

Gale Performance at The Lensic - 5 p.m.

Festive Dinner & Dancing in the Lumpkins Ballroom at La Fonda - 7 p.m.


$25 & $50 for the Gala Performance at The Lensic

$250 includes Gala Dinner Reception at La Fonda & Premium Performance Seats at the Gala Performance at The Lensic

Tickets are available at Tickets Santa Fe and at The Lensic

About The Lensic
The nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center presents more than 200 events year-round, including theater, music, dance, spoken word, film and lectures. Through our Community Sponsorships, Education Programs and Artistic Partnerships with local organizations, The Lensic is a major partner and supporter of Santa Fe's nonprofits, artistic organizations and schools. For more information on The Lensic's many presentations and programs, visit