ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Vanessie restaurant and piano lounge (434 W. San Francisco St., 982-9966) is under new ownership and may get a performance-roster facelift soon, but there’s one tradition of the decades-old Santa Fe diningand-nightlife institution that isn’t going anywhere — at least for now. At 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 17, and 24, Charles
Tichenor and Ron “Dadou” Romanovsky present April in Paris, their annual ode to La Ville-Lumière. The popular fête also includes performances by percussionist Phil Scollard and actress Cindy Coulter. Singing in French and English, Romanovsky and Tichenor bring the music of Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Cole Porter, and others to the stage. Tickets are $15 at the door, general admission, cash and checks only. Born in Scotland and raised on Minorca, David Russell is among the current royals of the classical guitar. In 2009, he was awarded honorary membership in “Amigos de la Guitarra,” the most venerable guitar society in Spain. The Santa Fe Concert Association presents him in a program that includes arrangements by Handel, Bach, and Albéniz as well as music by the 19th-century virtuoso Giulio Regondi. Tickets ($30) for this concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
April 8, in the Great Hall at St. John’s College (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca), are available from Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org) and at the door. Original jazz compositions are on the program for J.Q. Whitcomb and his quintet Five Below, playing First Presbyterian Church (208 Grant Ave.) at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Whitcomb, a Santa Fe native, recently returned from eight years in Shanghai, where he was part of the active jazz scene. For the April 9 gig, he has gathered John Rangel, organ; Joel Fadness, drums; Kanoa Kaluhiwa, tenor sax; and John
Maestas, guitar. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at door. Call 920-5490. Mezzo-soprano Carin Gilfry, applauded in Santa Fe Opera’s recent production of Life Is a Dream, maintains a special interest in art songs by women composers from the 19th century to the present. In her concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Great Hall at St. John’s College (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca), she offers works by nine such composers, including Clara Schumann and Alma Mahler. Pianist Beth Nielsen assists in this recital, which is co-presented by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Tickets ($20-$50) can be had from Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org).