DEAR MUSIC LOVERS,
Our 30th Anniversary season promises to be a memorable one with four uniquely talented guest conductors, one of whom we hope will be named the new Music Director of the San Juan Symphony. Three appear as candidates, and one renews a special relationship.
Third, Geoffrey Robson will conduct our February concerts. Geoff has been the Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and the Music Director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles since 2012. Last year, as Visiting Professor of Music at the University of Central Arkansas, he also conducted the Conway Symphony Orchestra. He completed his M.M. in violin performance at Yale University in 2004, and later enrolled in the orchestral conducting program at the Mannes College of Music in New York City where he also studied choral conducting and opera.
Philip Mann returns to Durango to close our season with a celebratory collaboration that includes the Durango Choral Society and perennial favorite Norman Krieger. Formerly the San Diego Symphony's Associate Conductor, Philip is in his fifth season as Music Director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. As a Rhodes scholar, he studied and conducted at Oxford, and was later honored as both an American Conducting Fellow and a winner of the Vienna Philharmonic's Karajan Fellowship. He has worked with orchestras and operas worldwide, most recently recording Brahms with the London Symphony Orchestra, and additional work with l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Cleveland Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Georgian State Opera, the National Symphony of Cyprus, and a completely sold out run at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Choosing not to be a candidate for the SJS Music Director position himself, Philip hopes to continue his relationship with the SJS as a principal guest conductor.