New Mexico School for the Arts Presents: ARTSPRING 2015 — Year-End Student Performance and Celebration

(April 28, 2015) Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico School for the Arts is excited to announce its upcoming annual year-end student performance and celebration on May 21 and 22, celebrating their students’ passion for the arts! The event will feature both a Visual Arts exhibition at the Santa Fe Community Gallery and an exuberant night of dance, music, and theater onstage the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

A wide array of artistic works will be performed by NMSA’s phenomenally talented theater, dance, instrumental, and vocal students. Students will collaborate interdepartmentally to bring such classical works to life as Brahms’ Cappriocio Op. 76, No. 1 (featuring music and dance students); a Puccini Aria from Gianni Schicchi; a theater, dance and music collaborative performance of several selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet; and more! Contemporary audience favorites such as Steven Sondheim’s “Putting it Together” and “I Sing the Body Electric” from Fame will also be performed.

NMSA Art Department Chairs Adam McKinney (dance), Joey Chavez (theater), and Neil Swapp (music) have worked together with Artistic Director Lorenzo Medrano to build a show celebrating the joy NMSA students take in creating and developing their art forms.

Visual Arts Department Chair Cristina Gonzalez will work with her students to share with community members the work they have completed this year, including a mural at Warehouse 21 and students’ individual artwork. A pop-up exhibition at the ArtSpring Gala in the Eldorado Hotel will also be featured.

Shows will be held May 21 and May 22. NMSA’s May 22 show will be followed by a Gala at the beautiful Eldorado Hotel, with a bountiful Spanish feast, specialty drinks, and lively Latin music and dancing with Son Como Son. All proceeds benefit NMSA’s art and residential scholarship programs.

Thursday, May 21

6pm – Opening Night Performance

Lensic Performing Arts Center | 211 W. San Francisco Street

$15 / $10 Students & Seniors – General Admission

7pm – Senior Visual Arts Exhibition Public Opening and Reception

Santa Fe Community Gallery at the Convention Center | 201 W. Marcy St.

Friday, May 22

Join us on Friday, May 22, 2015 for our annual fundraising gala evening

6:00pm – Performance

The Lensic Performing Arts Center | 211 W. San Francisco Street

7:30pm – NMSA’s Gala Party

Eldorado Hotel and Spa | 309 W. San Francisco Street

Tickets for May 22 are $125 to attend the whole evening of events or $15 to attend the performance only.

Tickets for both evenings are available through www.ticketssantafe.org, by calling 505.988.1234, or in person at the Lensic Box Office

New Mexico School for the Arts, Art Institute and High School assists passionate young artists in developing their full potential through a rigorous mastery arts and academic education.

New Mexico School for the Arts is a public/private partnership comprised of the NMSA-Art Institute, a nonprofit art educational institution, and NMSA-High School, a New Mexico state charter high school. NMSA’s purpose is to provide the highest standards of excellence in preparing New Mexico’s artistically talented students to compete in the national arena for post-secondary education and/or professional careers in the arts. NMSA offers pre-professional instruction in the performing and visual arts with rigorous academics leading to a high school diploma.  NMSA is located in the former St. Francis Cathedral School, 275 East Alameda in Santa Fe. For more information, log on to: www.NMSchoolForTheArts.org.