GREETINGS FROM OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR:
Welcome to the San Juan Symphony! And welcome to another fantastic season—my third season as your Music Director. Get ready to experience Energy in Action! We are excited to offer an ambitious season of great orchestral masterworks to lift the spirits, capture the imagination, and sooth the soul. Every concert promises wonderful variety and incredible energy, delivered by the dedicated musicians of the San Juan Symphony.
Whether you buy season tickets, bring your family and friends, support us as a sponsor, or enroll your kids in our Youth Orchestra program, you are part of the Symphony team. I believe we have a unique responsibility to educate and inspire our communities, and to achieve that the Symphony needs your help as champions of our cause. Please know how grateful I am for everything you do! Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the thrilling experience of live orchestral music.
See you at the Symphony!
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Rhapsodic and Exotic
Kickoff the season with Hungarian arabesques, flashy Russian dances, and the glorious Second Symphony of Jean Sibelius. Featuring our principal bassoonist Denise Turner for Weber’s charismatic Rondo Ongarese, we journey over rugged and exotic musical landscapes, with performances in both Durango and Cortez, Colorado.
Saturday, October 6, 2018, Community Concert Hall, Durango 7:30pm Sunday, October 7, 2018, Montezuma-Cortez High School, Cortez, 3:00pm
Thomas Heuser, conductor
Denise Turner, bassoon soloist Mikhail Glinka Overture to Russlan und Ludmilla Carl Maria von Weber Andante und Rondo Ongarese Denise Turner, bassoon Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Minor Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
Sunday October 7 Tickets-Available at the Door
Bernstein and Brahms
The young Brahms was supposed to write Beethoven’s next great symphony. Overcoming the intense scrutiny of his works, he managed to create a majestic First Symphony that combines thunderous bombast, tranquil serenity, and sublime redemption. We match the energy of Brahms with Leonard Bernstein’s uplifting choral work Chichester Psalms, featuring a large combined choir with singers from both Farmington and Durango.
Saturday, November 3, 2018, Community Concert Hall, Durango, 7:30pm Sunday, November 4, 2018, Henderson Performance Hall, Farmington, 3:00pm Thomas Heuser, conductor Durango Choral Society, Linda Mack Berven, director Caliente Choir, Virginia Nickels-Hircock, director
Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms Ben Hinkley, boy soprano Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68Buy Saturday November 3 Tickets- Durango
Buy Sunday November 4 Tickets- Farmington
Fantasy and Fairy Tale
Experience symphonic storytelling on an epic scale as the San Juan Symphony presents brilliant and familiar showpieces. With the tales of the Arabian Nights so vividly portrayed in Scheherazade, the childlike simplicity of Ravel’s Mother Goose makes a delightful contrast. The program features beautiful solos for our Symphony musicians, and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet “Fantasy Overture” will be played Side-by-Side with local students.
Saturday, February 23, 2019, Henderson Performance Hall, Farmington, 7:30pm Sunday, February 24, 2019, Community Concert Hall, Durango, 3:00pm Thomas Heuser, conductor Side-by-Side with student musicians Maurice Ravel Mother Goose: Suite (5 pièces enfantine)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet “Fantasy Overture” Side-by-Side with student musicians Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35
Buy Sunday February 24 Tickets- Durango
Mahler and The Titan
What better way to celebrate the energy and power of the symphony orchestra than through the titanic music of Gustav Mahler! A greatly expanded San Juan Symphony will present two iconic works from Mahler’s early period, showcasing his brilliant integration of simple melodies into complex musical textures. Baritone Michael Hix joins for the delightful Wayfarer Songs, and then the orchestra itself takes center stage for Mahler’s First Symphony, nicknamed “The Titan.”
Saturday, April 6, 2019, Henderson Performance Hall, Farmington, 7:30pm Sunday, April 7, 2019, Community Concert Hall, Durango, 3:00pm Thomas Heuser, conductor Michael Hix, baritone Gustav Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) Michael Hix, baritone Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “The Titan”
Family Concert: Peter & The Wolf
All ages are welcome to enjoy a family-friendly introduction to the Symphony orchestra, featuring Prokofiev’s timeless story, Peter & The Wolf. Join us in the lobby one hour before each performance for a free Instrument Petting Zoo, hosted by San Juan Symphony musicians. Tickets available at the door.
Saturday, September 15, 2018, 5:00pm, Henderson Performance Hall, Farmington
Sunday, September 16, 2018, 2:00pm, Bayfield Performing Arts Center, Bayfield
Sunday, September 16, 2018, 5:00pm, Community Concert Hall, Durango
Thomas Heuser, conductor
Scott Michlin, narrator
There is currently no online option for Bayfield Tickets.
The Nutcracker Ballet
December 7, 8 and 9, 2018
Presented by the Community Concert Hall, Durango
Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Ballet with live music by the San Juan Symphony! The State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara returns with their lavish production for another series of Durango performances presented by the Community Concert Hall. Maestro Heuser will conduct all four live performances, featuring the Durango Children’s Choir and local student dancers from Durango Ballet.
Season Artwork: Georgia O’Keeffe, Blue and Green Music 1919/21, The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY