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Youth Orchestra Concerts Set for April 9 & 16

The San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestras under the direction of Lech Usinowicz will present joint concerts at 7 pm on Monday, April 9 at the Bayfield Performing Arts Center and on Monday, April 16 at the Community Concert Hall in Durango.  Mark Walser directs the Junior Orchestra, Molly Jensen directs the Philharmonic, and “Mr. U” directs the oldest group.


The concerts will feature solo violinist Casey Reed, winner of the San Juan Symphony Second Annual Youth Concerto Competition.  Casey, an eighth grader at Escalante Middle School who takes advanced math and orchestra classes at Durango High School, will perform the Max Bruch Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor.  He has been studying violin for eight years  with local violinist Brandon Christenson and with San Juan Symphony friend and guest soloist Odin Rathnam via Skype. The competition is open to any student in the San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestra and is held in December each year. Casey plays with the Youth Orchestra and mentors younger students in the Philharmonic.


The Youth Orchestra spring concert program will honor Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with the West Side Story Overture and other selections.

Tickets may be purchased at the door of both events.


SJSYO is the only youth symphony organization in the Four Corners area, and its members receive an exceptional educational experience under the guidance of the region’s finest musical performers and educators. The San Juan Symphony youth orchestras are open to all students in the Four Corners area who have taken music

lessons for at least one year.


The SJSYO program is generously supported by Alpine Bank, Ballantine Family Fund, Durango Friends of the Arts and New Mexico Arts.

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