Our next virtual concert will be released live on Saturday, March 6th at 7:30pm MT. We are delighted to present “The Joys of Bach and Bologne,” a beautiful program recorded just last weekend in the wonderful acoustics of the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The high-definition recording will be released during the live event on March 6th through our website, hosted by music director Thomas Heuser and broadcast from the Rochester Hotel in downtown Durango directly into households everywhere.
Now is the time to check your website credentials at www.sanjuansymphony.org. Make sure you know your username and password, or make updates as needed, and while you’re visiting, check out some of the new individual musician recording projects that have been posted! The concert itself will be in the “Live Events” section of the website, exclusively for subscribers, at www.sanjuansymphony.org/live.
“The Joys of Bach and Bologne” has been generously sponsored by Durango Coca Cola, Durango Land and Homes, and the Symphony’s season sponsor, the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado. The Symphony is still operating on a concert-by-concert basis, with the fourth and final concert of the season planned for release in mid-May; details about the season finale will be announced during the upcoming March broadcast.
The program on March 6th includes what is likely the orchestra’s first presentation of music by Joseph Bologne, whose Second Symphony will provide an upbeat overture. Also known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Joseph Bologne flourished during the time of Mozart, but his career has been overlooked for centuries. A virtuoso violinist, composer, and a cunning swordsman, Bologne became Colonel of the first all-Black regiment in Europe during the French Revolution. The complexities of his life story and his experiences overcoming racial discrimination add to our appreciation for his music during a season that has explored a number of Black composers.
Another composer receiving her San Juan Symphony debut is Hanna Benn, whose artistic output spans a huge range of genres and styles. As a composer and vocalist, her portfolio includes both pop albums and avant-garde theater projects. Her music is both lyrical and mystical, combining the nuances of medieval chant with the intricate textures of Stravinsky. Benn is highly in demand as a woman composer and composer of color whose voice is incredibly important in the current conversation about inclusivity and diversity in the arts. The Symphony will perform Benn’s evocative Where Springs Not Fail for String Orchestra, a work from 2015 whose title draws its inspiration from the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Rounding out the program will be the timeless music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The great German composer created countless masterpieces during the Baroque Period, and yet his music still contains an astonishing freshness and originality. The Symphony will perform his Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor, a brilliant work conceived around 1720. The featured soloists are Rebecca Ray, Principal Oboist of the San Juan Symphony, and Lauren Avery Heuser, Concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony. The two solo parts combine and overlap in fabulous contrapuntal displays, along with a contrasting slow movement of heartfelt lyricism.
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