2017-2018 Season

American Visions


Welcome to the San Juan Symphony! And thank you all for the warm welcome into the Four Corners community. Don’t know if you’ve heard, but the San Juan Symphony has a new sound. Our musicians have more passion and energy than ever before, and we are delivering one incredible performance after another. But our work has just begun: we want to engage a broader community, and you can help spread the word about Season 32. Invite your friends and family, because every night at the Symphony is ours to share.

“American Visions” will explore unique takes on the American experience all season long. From West Side Story to Requiem for Eagles, the voices of American composers weave together our shared musical heritage. Added to the mix, we have an entire evening devoted to Latin American and Spanish-speaking composers, plus a generous portion of Classical and Romantic masterworks. With brilliant guest soloists, familiar faces in the orchestra, and the powerful sound of an enormous community choir, it is going to be a fantastic season with something for everybody to enjoy.

Excited to see you soon!

Thomas Heuser

Thank you to San Juan Regional Medical Center, our exclusive healthcare sponsor for the 2017-18 season.


Inspired by the beauty of the Four Corners, the San Juan Symphony presents a season devoted to visions of nature and the American landscape. From Beethoven to Bernstein, our season explores great composers and features fantastic soloists. Don’t miss a beat – every concert is a once-in-a-lifetime event!

Pastoral Reverence

October 2017 San Juan Symphony ConcertCelebrating composer David Lingle’s impact on our local choral community, the San Juan Symphony is proud to present Requiem for Eagles as part of a continuing collaboration between the Durango Choral Society and Telluride Choral Society. The soaring harmonies and gentle themes of the Lingle’s Mass are paired with other reverential offerings, including Beethoven’s beloved “Pastoral” Symphony and Felix Mendelssohn’s first-hand rendering of Fingal’s Cave in the Scottish Hebrides Islands.

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 7:30pm, Community Concert Hall, Durango

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 3:00pm, Michael D. Palm Theater, Telluride

Thomas Heuser, conductor

Durango Choral Society, Linda Mack Berven, director
Telluride Choral Society, Rhonda Muckerman, director

Felix Mendelssohn, The Hebrides, Op. 26 (Fingals Cave)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, “Pastorale”
David Lingle / Dalen Stevens, Requiem for Eagles (2015)

Buy Saturday October 7 Tickets- Durango
Buy Sunday October 8 Tickets- Telluride

October Program Notes

From the New World

November 2017 San Juan Symphony ConcertCzech composer Antonín Dvořák views America through the lens of the 19th century and creates a vivid Symphony “From the New World”.  After a thrilling operatic overture, Rochelle Mann, Principal Flute of the San Juan Symphony, delivers a lyrical Serenade by American composer Howard Hansen. Then local student musicians will join the San Juan Symphony for a Side-by-Side performance of The Moldau, raging over rapids and thundering through Smetana’s epic symphonic poem.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:30pm, Henderson Performance Hall, Farmington

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 3:00pm, Community Concert Hall, Durango

Thomas Heuser, conductor
Rochelle Mann, flute soloist
Side-by-Side with student musicians

Johann Strauss Jr., Overture to Die Fledermaus
Howard Hanson, Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings
Bedřich Smetana, Ma Vlast: Vltava (The Moldau)
Antonin Dvořák, Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”

Buy Saturday November 4 Tickets- Farmington
Buy Sunday November 5 Tickets- Durango

November Program Notes

Latin Nights

February San Juan Symphony ConcertThings get fired up in February with “Latin Nights,” a sizzling evening of flashy showpieces by Spanish and Latin American composers. The program features music from The Three Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla, plus exotic dances like the zarzuela, fandango, huapango, and more! Franklin Cohen, former Principal Clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra, joins the Symphony for a lyrical Clarinet Concerto by Mexican composer Oscar Navarro.

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 7:30pm, Henderson Performance Hall, Farmington

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 3:00pm, Community Concert Hall, Durango

Thomas Heuser, conductor
Franklin Cohen, clarinet soloist
Sponsored by San Juan Regional Medical Center

José Pablo Moncayo, Huapango
Oscar Navarro, Second Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra
Gerónimo Giménez, La Boda de Luis Alonso
Enrique Granados, Intermezzo from Goyescas
Manuel de Falla, Suite No. 2 from El sombrero de Tres Picos

Buy Saturday February 17 Tickets- Farmington
Buy Sunday February 18 Tickets- Durango

February Program Notes

Leonard Bernstein Centennial

April 2018 San Juan Symphony ConcertFrom Broadway to the silver screen and everywhere in-between, Leonard Bernstein personifies the ideal American musician. A visionary composer, conductor, and educator, Bernstein brought classical music into the American household and used performance as a response to political turmoil in the 20th century. His life and works will be center stage with the San Juan Symphony as we celebrate his centenary year, featuring movie music from On The Waterfront and familiar favorites from Candide and West Side Story.

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:30pm, Community Concert Hall, Durango
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 3:00pm, Henderson Performance Hall, Farmington

Thomas Heuser, conductor

Bernstein, Overture to Candide
Bernstein, On The Waterfront: Symphonic Suite
Aaron Copland, Hoedown from Rodeo
Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Buy Saturday April 7 Tickets- Durango
Buy Sunday April 8 Tickets- Farmington

April Program Notes

Additional Shows:

Symphony Strings at the Totah

Friday, September 22, 2017, Fundraiser and Concert, 5:30pm

Kickoff the SJS season in Farmington with a lush string orchestra at the historic Totah Theater. Mingle with Maestro Heuser as part of this unique Symphony fundraiser. Concert includes delicious drinks and catering by St. Clair Winery and Bistro.

Tickets: 970-382-9753.

Community Concert Hall Anniversary Gala

Saturday, October 21, 2017, Community Concert Hall, Durango, 7:30pm

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango, the San Juan Symphony joins special musical guest Storm Large for a jazzy concert of American standards, benefiting the Russ and Bette Serzen Endowment Fund.

Tickets: 970-247-7657 or www.durangoconcerts.com.

The Nutcracker Ballet

December 8, 9, and 10, 2017, Community Concert Hall, Durango

The State Street Ballet from Santa Barbara returns for holiday performances of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Ballet. Featuring Maestro Heuser with full orchestra, local student dancers, and a local children’s choir as part of the professional State Street Ballet production.

Tickets: 970-247-7657 or www.durangoconcerts.com.

About the Artist

Sara M. Novenson’s work has been exhibited and published worldwide for over 30 years.  Her varied body of work includes Landscapes of the Soul and Women of the Bible.  A series of her landscapes are bordered with Hebrew Psalms.  She has also written and published a book of her Women of the Bible Series.  Her studio and gallery are located on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sara’s greatest love and joy is to paint onsite in the New Mexico landscape.  “As I paint I feel infused with the beauty and sacredness of the landscape, making each of my paintings a form of prayer.”

©2016 Sara M Novenson www.novenson.com “Chama’s Autumn Dance”

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