2018-2019 Season

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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!

Thomas Heuser

Our exclusive healthcare sponsor for 2018-19

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

Buy Saturday October 6 Tickets- Durango

Sunday October 7 Tickets-Available at the Door

October Program Notes

Bernstein and Brahms

Bernstein and BrahmsThe 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. 68

Buy Saturday November 3 Tickets- Durango

Buy Sunday November 4 Tickets- Farmington

November Program Notes

Fantasy and Fairy Tale

Fantasy and Fairy TaleExperience 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 Saturday February 23 Tickets- Farmington

Buy Sunday February 24 Tickets- Durango

February 2019 Program Notes

Mahler and The Titan

Mahler and The TitanWhat 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”

Buy Saturday April 6 Tickets- Farmington
Buy Sunday April 7 Tickets- Durango

April 2019 Program Notes

Mahler Texts and Translations


Additional Shows:

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

Buy Peter & The Wolf Tickets- Farmington
Buy Peter & The Wolf Tickets- Durango

There is currently no online option for Bayfield Tickets.


The Nutcracker Ballet

Nutcracker 2018December 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.

Buy Nutcracker Tickets- Durango


Season Artwork: Georgia O’Keeffe, Blue and Green Music 1919/21, The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY