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The Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival is a program of the Open Arts Foundation, which was established by a group of creative professionals from various fields with a common interest in supporting fine contemporary music. In 2000 the first annual Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival was an unqualified success by any standards. With 22 of the 24 concerts sold out and an unsurpassed roster of internationally recognized artists, the Festival is, according to The Weekly Alibi, one of "world class magnitude - a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of the top names in contemporary jazz."
The scale of the Festival reflects the Open Arts Foundation’s commitment to producing events that happen locally but have both regional and national impact, contributing significantly to Santa Fe’s already formidable reputation as center for arts and arts education. According to audiences, critics and musicians, the Foundation has succeeded admirably in this effort, producing what one reviewer called "16 vibrant days and nights of music, workshops and artistic camaraderie."
The Open Arts Foundation’s focus in 2001 is to further develop its already substantial educational programming. The Kids’ Workshop/Concert Series at The Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival will include an unprecedented 4,000 children from Albuquerque and Santa Fe area schools and surrounding communities. The Kids’ Workshop/Concert Series is an introduction to the artists’ work and musical styles and the various career opportunities in the music business. In these ten Concert Workshops with many of the greatest living jazz and world music performers, children will be exposed to an extremely broad variety of music from American jazz to music from India, Brazil, Africa, Mexico, Eastern Europe, and Israel. The emphasis is as much on inspiration as education, a combination that only this caliber of performers can convey with such impact.
Ranked for the eighth year in a row by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s readers poll as the fourth leading travel destination in the U.S. and the 12th most popular travel spot in the world, Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, is one of the world’s most distinctive cities. This nearly 400-year-old city, a place of varied cultures, diverse traditions, and natural beauty, has welcomed travelers for centuries. Already a lively center of visual and performing arts second to none, Santa Fe boasts an impressive lineup of rich cultural events that is greatly enhanced by the Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival.
For more information about the Festival, visit the web site or contact the Open Arts Foundation in Santa Fe at 505-989-8442.