Oliver Prezant, music director for the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, conducts the season finale on Sunday, June 2, at the James A. Little Theater in a concert that also features the world premiere of Suite l’Montgolfière by Los Alamos musician Ted Vives.

For music director Grant Gershon, the Los Angeles Master Chorale's Santa Fe performance of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St. Peter) Friday, May 31, will be a special occasion — a homecoming of sorts.

From Friday, May 24, through Sunday, May 26, Silver City's Gough Park (at the corner of North Pope and 13th streets) hosts performers like legendary Houston musician Guitar Shorty, the 79-year-old showman who introduced Jimi Hendrix to the wah-wah pedal. 

For Guillermo Figueroa, a young violin student at Juilliard back in the early ’70s, it was just another gig. He was wrong. “It still rings with me all these years later,” he said of his introduction to the powerful music of Hector Berlioz. “It changed my life.”

Born in Detroit to a single mother and raised by impoverished alcoholic relatives in Pennsylvania coal country, Sheila Jordan transcended her hardscrabble beginnings to become an international star with her inventive approach to jazz standards and an agile, playful improvisational style.

Seventies glam, ’60s girl-group panache, jangly indie-pop guitars, and lo-fi vocals all come together in sweet harmonies and assertive (but not aggressive) lyrics about disconnection and heartbreak in the music of The Wild Reeds. They play Meow Wolf with special guest Jenny O. on Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. 

Roger Landes and Chipper Thompson play songs from The Janissary Stomp at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at San Miguel Mission. 

For the past five years, Jordan Wax, thirty-seven, and Noah Martinez, twenty-nine, have been researching and re-creating the oldest string music of New Mexico as Lone Piñon. The band plays at the heritage music celebration concert Nuestra Música on Saturday, April 6, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

When Hailey Niswanger hits the Paradiso stage on Friday, April 5, the saxophonist will be making what promises to be some ferocious jazz with a brand new band, the Niswanger Quartet. She plays soprano, alto, and tenor saxes with pianist Jim Ahrend, bassist Colin Deuble, and drummer John Trentacosta.

Laurie Lewis’ warm vocals and harmonious yodel enfold listeners in a bluegrass embrace as comfortable as coming home. The Laurie Lewis Trio performs at San Miguel Chapel on Friday, April 5.

Serenata of Santa Fe presents Night Songs: Chamber Music of John Harbison, Alexandra du Bois, and Dvorák, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at First Presbyterian Church.

Robyn Hitchcock gets variously categorized as punk or post-punk, English folk, or rock, but regardless of how people slot him, his often surrealist lyrics illuminate the pathos and humor of life. See him at SITE Santa Fe, 7:30 and 9 p.m. Sunday, March 31.

Dusty roads, tent revivals, crickets, and other impressions from his rural Texas childhood go into drummer Rudy Royston’s recent album, Flatbed Buggy — his third. He and his band Flatbed Buggy appear Thursday, April 4, at Gig Performance Space and Friday, April 5, at the Outpost in Albuquerque.

Pianist Emanuel Ax appears in a solo recital on Sunday, March 31, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, making his first visit to New Mexico since an engagement at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival 15 years ago.

“I’m over the losers and the talkers and the cowboys,” promises Peter Bradley Adams on his last release, A Face Like Mine. He appears at Paradiso on Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. 

Alejandro Tomás Rodríguez, Robin Gentien, and Pierre Lauth-Karson are Engine, a Franco-Argentinian band that plays Latin beats with rock-and-roll soul using just two guitars and a harmonica. Engine plays four shows over four weeks at Paradiso.

Germán López brings the sounds of the Canary Islands to Gig Performance Space (1808 Second St., Suite H) at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11, with his 5-stringed timple, a traditional plucked instrument popular on the Spanish archipelago. 

A string-bean physique and tousled androgyny does little to prepare you for LA-based pop-rocker LP (also known as Laura Pergolizzi). She plays Meow Wolf (1352 Rufina Circle) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.

Pianist Drew Petersen performs works by Bach, Schubert, and Chopin at the St. Francis Auditorium of the New Mexico Museum of Art (107 W. Palace Ave.) at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7. 

On Christmas Eve 2017, Luz Elena Mendoza recorded the clanging church bells at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. She had flown to New Mexico directly after her cousin Jesús’ memorial, where she had also recorded her family singing.

They’re three stunning Jicarilla Apache/African-American sisters with a penchant for intergalactic electro-glam-rock. And at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, Dorothy, Natasha, and Carla Culyear — better known as Lindy Vision — headline an all-Native lineup at Meow Wolf (1352 Rufina Circle). 

Amy Ray is best known for her work as half of the folk duo Indigo Girls, but she has also released seven dynamite albums of her own. Ray plays The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company (37 Fire Place) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27. 

Johnny Sheehan has been touring the world in one of three companies of The Choir of Man — the singing, drinking, poetry-spouting, foot-stomping tribute to an Irish pub that plays at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Feb. 20 — since 2017. “We’re normal-looking lads,” he said.

Bassist David Parlato, who has shared stages with Frank Zappa, Paul Horn, Buddy Rich, Lee Konitz, and many other stars, returns to Santa Fe for a gig at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. 

Groundbreaking British DJ John Peel once called him “the best kept-secret in the world of music,” but Richard Thompson has been flatpicking raging guitar solos for more than 50 years. 

The Pražák Quartet and the Zemlinsky Quartet (both Czech), join to perform the sextet from Strauss’s Capriccio, Brahms’ Sextet No. 1, and Mendelssohn’s Octet at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Albuquerque Academy Simms Center for the Performing Arts, 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. 

The Oslo-based vocal sextet Nordic Voices appear at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, in the Great Hall of Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca). 

Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton takes the stage at Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1.

The Nakatani Gong Orchestra, a mobile community-engagement project, appears at SITE Santa Fe (1606 Paseo de Peralta) at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 with more than a dozen local participants. 

Named for the toloache flower traditionally used to make a love potion in Mexico, the band Flor de Toloache appears at the James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

Cantus Vocal Ensemble, a men’s octet based in Minnesota, appears at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Historic Old San Isidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, Corrales.