2016-2017 Season

Heuser Action 1Greetings from our Music Director:

Welcome to the San Juan Symphony, everyone! And thank you for welcoming me into the fabulous Four Corners community. We have so much to look forward to this year—my first season as your new Music Director. Whether you are new to the Symphony or you have been listening for years, you won’t want to miss a single moment of this music. The magnificent Brahms Requiem promises to have a resounding emotional impact, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue brings out the fun and fancy side of any orchestra. With Mozart, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and the whirring thrill of Bartók, there are so many distinct musical experiences to share. I am excited to introduce our amazing roster of guest artists, and to deliver the kind of energetic conducting that will reinvigorate our audiences and musicians. In the spirit of building a complete musical relationship together, I hope you will join me for a series of informal pre-concert lectures in both Farmington and Durango, where we can explore the music and discover all the ways music makes a difference in our lives. Please consider a season subscription to all our concerts, invite your friends and family, and join me in broadening the accessibility of the San Juan Symphony to new and ever-more diverse audiences.

See you at the Symphony!

Sincerely yours,
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Thomas Heuser


San Juan Symphony
Thomas Heuser, music director
Season 31: Resounding

Brent Williams

Brent Williams

October 8-9 FRESH FACES AND FIREBIRD

History gets a running start with Fresh Faces and Firebird! Our new music director, Thomas Heuser, officially begins his tenure with Mozart’s flirtatious Figaro Overture. Savor the uplifting music of Clint Needham and the sumptuous Romance of Antonín Dvořák—featuring the solo debut of San Juan Symphony concertmaster Brent Williams. Then after intermission, prepare to be mesmerized by the ritual dances and mysterious lullabies of Stravinsky’s epic Firebird Suite. The thrilling fanfare of the Finale will herald the start of an exciting new chapter in our organization’s history.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro: Overture K. 492
Clint Needham, Spires (2013)
Antonín Dvořák, Romance for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 11
Brent Williams, concertmaster and violin soloist
Igor Stravinsky, The Firebird (L’oiseau de feu): Suite (1919)

OCTOBER PROGRAM NOTES

Buy Saturday October 8 Tickets- Durango
Buy Sunday October 9 Tickets- Farmington

Gemma Kavanagh

Gemma Kavanagh

Seth Keeton

Seth Keeton

Linda Mack Berven

Linda Mack Berven

November 12-13, BRAHMS GERMAN REQUIEM

One of the most celebrated works in the choral and orchestral repertoire, the Brahms German Requiem delivers a musical feast for the heart, mind, and spirit. In this sublime and comforting music, the majesty of the heavens and the intimacy of a private memorial offer a universal message of hope for all mankind. Featuring a packed stage with more than 150 performers, Thomas Heuser conducts the San Juan Symphony, the Durango Choral Society, the Caliente Chorus of Farmington, and the Fort Lewis College Chamber Choir, with baritone soloist Seth Keeton and soprano soloist Gemma Kavanagh.

Johannes Brahms, Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
Gemma Kavanagh, soprano
Seth Keeton, bass-baritone

Durango Choral Society, Linda Mack, director
Caliente Community Chorus, Virginia Nickels-Hircock, director
Fort Lewis College Chamber Choir, Charissa Chiaravalloti, director

NOVEMBER PROGRAM NOTES

Buy Saturday November 12 Tickets- Durango
Buy Sunday November 13 Tickets- Farmington

Roberto Piano

Roberto Plano

February 18-19, GERSHWIN AND THE ROARING TWENTIES

Get all gussied up with the San Juan Symphony as we present Gershwin and the Roaring Twenties! Featuring award-winning pianist Roberto Plano, the Symphony explores the upbeat and lively personality of America’s most iconic composer, with audience favorites like Rhapsody in Blue, “Summertime,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” Enjoy the Roaring panache of the French capital in Gershwin’s An American in Paris—complete with taxi horns and jazzy saxophones—plus a symphonic portrait of Irving Berlin and a sassy foxtrot from Harbison’s The Great Gatsby.

George Gershwin, Selections from Porgy and Bess
George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue (1924)
Roberto Plano, piano soloist
Irving Berlin, A Symphonic Portrait of Irving Berlin (arr. Ades)
John Harbison, Remembering Gatsby: Foxtrot for Orchestra
George Gershwin, An American in Paris (1928)
   Side-by-Side with student musicians

FEBRUARY PROGRAM NOTES

Buy Saturday February 18 Tickets- Farmington
Buy Sunday February 19 Tickets- Durango

Jennifer Frautschi

Jennifer Frautschi

April 8-9, FULL THROTTLE WITH FRAUTSCHI

The San Juan Symphony goes Full Throttle with Frautschi, celebrating the Grand Finale of our historic 31st Season. Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jennifer Frautschi makes her San Juan Symphony debut in Tchaikovsky’s monumental Violin Concerto—a passionate and fiery work once deemed too difficult for performance. Channeling Frautschi’s energy, the San Juan Symphony’s fearless musicians become the soloists in Bartók’s triumphant Concerto for Orchestra, a visionary masterpiece that showcases the agility of the orchestra and paints a folksy portrait of modern music.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Jennifer Frautschi, violin soloist
Béla Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra (1943)

APRIL PROGRAM NOTES

Buy Saturday April 8 Tickets- Farmington
Buy Sunday April 9 Tickets- Durango