Welcome to the San Juan Symphony! And welcome to another fantastic season — Thomas Heuser’s third season as our 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.
We will kickoff the 2018-19 season on October 6 and 7 with Hungarian arabesques, flashy Russian dances, and the gloriousSecond 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 at the Community Concert Hall in Durango and Montezuma-Cortez High School in Cortez.
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. The concerts will be performed at the Community Concert Hall in Durango on November 3 and Henderson Performance Hall in Farmington on November 4.
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 inScheherazade, 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 at Henderson Hall in Farmington and the Community Concert Hall in Durango on February 23 and 24.
What better way to celebrate the energy and power of the symphony orchestra than through the titanic music of GustavMahler! 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.” This concert will be presented at Henderson Hall in Farmington and the Community Concert Hall in Durango on April 6 and 7.
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. Performances will be held in Farmington, Bayfield and Durango on September 15 and 16. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Kids under 14 are free.
Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Ballet with live music by the San Juan Symphony on December 7, 8 and 9. TheState 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.
For Community Concert Hall tickets, please call the ticket office 970-247-7657 or visit www.durangoconcerts.com. Season tickets are 50% OFF for first-time buyers in Durango. For Farmington tickets, call Henderson Hall box office at 505-566-3430.