Year ends with high notes at the Lensic

Joe Illick conducts his New Year's Eve Orchestra at the Lensic

If you’re looking for something truly special to do here on New Year’s Eve and a bar or restaurant with some music doesn’t quite make the grade, there aren’t many options. Fortunately, there is one that qualifies on the singular sensation front.

Joe Illick, the longtime head of Performance Santa Fe, is back conducting his New Year’s Eve Orchestra at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, alongside a fascinating choice for soloist in superstar countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. He’s featured in two arias from Handel operas and a set of Gershwin songs that includes “Love is Here to Stay,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “A Foggy Day,” “The Man I Love,” and “I Got Rhythm.” Non-vocal selections include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and the third movement from George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto, with Illick doubling as keyboard soloist. In addition to the 5 p.m. featured concert, there’s a family friendly performance at 1 p.m. with tickets at $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12.

5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., $30-$80, 505-988-1234, 

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