The San Juan Symphony’s November Bernstein and Brahms program under the baton of Maestro Thomas Heuser opens with a joyful work by Leonard Bernstein, his Chichester Psalms, an exuberant grouping of selections from the Hebrew Book of Psalms. Joining the San Juan Symphony are boy soprano Ben Hinkley and a combined choir of singers from Caliente in Farmington and the Durango Choral Society. This selection completes our year-long celebration of Bernstein’s 100th birthday. We then turn to a work that cost Johannes Brahms over 20 years of work, his glorious and majestic First Symphony. As a young composer, Brahms composed only smaller works, and the challenge to write symphonies and other large works weighed heavily on his mind. He imposed a long musical apprenticeship upon himself before he would bring out a symphony—the first symphony was not completed until 1876 when Brahms was 43 years old. Performances are scheduled for the Community Concert Hall in Durango, CO on Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 pm and Henderson Performance Hall in Farmington, NM on Sunday, November 4 at 3 pm.
Maestro Heuser will preview the concert on Wednesday, October 31 at 6 pm at the Durango Arts Center (Halloween costumes welcome!) and again one hour prior to the November 4 show at Henderson Hall. The pre-concert talks are free and the public is invited to attend.
For information and tickets, please visit www.sanjuansymphony.org.
Bernstein and Brahms is presented by Jim and Nancy Fisher of Durango. The concert is also dedicated to long-time symphony friend Beverly Danielson.