Mixed Me­dia

Swing­ing with the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Orches­tra & the Santa Fe Great Big Jazz Band

Pasatiempo - - NEWS - — Paul Wei­de­man

Santa Feans look­ing for some ro­man­tic fun on Valen­tine’s Day should make a bee­line for Let’s Dance! , which fea­tures lots of great mu­sic and plenty of room to swing, swirl, and sashay on the vast dance floor at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Oliver Prezant con­ducts the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Orches­tra, and Robert C. Jones di­rects the Santa Fe Great Big Jazz Band.

“The Com­mu­nity Orches­tra will play stan­dards like ‘The Girl From Ipanema,’ ‘Car­a­van,’ and ‘New York, New York’ — and also Jo­hann Strauss II pieces, in­clud­ing The Blue Danube w altz and the Tic Tac Polka ,” Prezant said. “The Great Big Jazz Band plays big-band num­bers, won­der­ful swing mu­sic for danc­ing. There will be some Latin num­bers like ‘La Bamba,’ ‘Tico Tico,’ and ‘Tequila.’ We try to keep it var­ied: slow dances, some up­tempo things, waltzes, and polkas. There’s noth­ing strict about it. Some peo­ple just come and bop around, and then there are oth­ers, like the fac­ulty from NDI, who know ex­actly where they’re putting their feet,” he laughed. “We will pick out a cou­ple of tunes for a dance com­pe­ti­tion, and there are cash prizes.”

The orches­tra and band are both made up of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. “It’s just us and 700 or 800 of our clos­est friends hav­ing a great time,” Prezant said. “It’s very rare nowa­days to get the op­por­tu­nity to dance to a live orches­tra and an hon­est-to-good­ness big band.” There will be food from the Pe­cos Trail Café, a cash bar, and fun pho­tos with Pho­to­Booth Rentals of New Mex­ico.

Let’s Dance! be­gins at 7 p.m. on Satur­day, Feb. 14, at the con­ven­tion cen­ter (201 W. Marcy St.). In the hour pre­ced­ing the event, Dance Sta­tion will pro­vide dance in­struc­tion. Ad­mis­sion and in­struc­tion are free, but dona­tions are ap­pre­ci­ated. (If a group wants to re­serve a ta­ble for 10, the cost is $200.)

Next on the cal­en­dar of the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Orches­tra is a March 1 con­cert at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium fea­tur­ing Carl Nielsen’s Sec­ond Sym­phony as well as Jean Si­belius’ Fin­lan­dia . For in­for­ma­tion about the dance and con­cert, call 505-466-4879 or visit www.sfco.org.

It’s just us... ...and 700 or 800 of our clos­est friends hav­ing a great time

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