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It’s San Juan Symphony Concert Week!

Our “Lyrical Threads” concert is set to go live on Saturday, November 14 at 7:30 pm.  If you have not yet purchased a digital pass to access the music, you may do so via the homepage on this website.

Maestro Thomas Heuser’s pre-concert talk is now available by following this link: https://vimeo.com/478152744

Pick up a Take and Bake meal to go from The Yellow Carrot for the complete concert experience.  Order by November 12 to pick up on November 14.  Yellow Carrot MENU Take & Bake


Live Concert Broadcasts Continue on November 14

Like orchestras and ensembles around the country and the world, the San Juan Symphony has been working overtime to navigate the challenges of the global pandemic. While some organizations have had to cancel entire seasons, fortunately the San Juan Symphony has endured and embraced a new format that relies heavily on technology. With a beautiful first production successfully streamed on October 3rd, the music is set to continue on Saturday, November 14th at 7:30pm MST with a Live Concert Broadcast—exclusively for website members—featuring a fantastic string orchestra program called “Lyrical Threads.”

Available now, audiences can purchase a Digital Season Pass to the Symphony for $99, which offers exclusive, year-long access to www.sanjuansymphony.org for the entire household. Weekly access is also available for $25 for the entire household. “Lyrical Threads” is one of four subscription concerts planned during this Essential 35th Season of the San Juan Symphony. The concert was conducted by Music Director Thomas Heuser on October 17th at the Reising Stage Event Center in Durango, with masks and physical distancing required for all involved.

The concert was professionally recorded by IlluminArts and Lightning Communications, thanks to generous sponsorship by the Connie Gotsch Arts Foundation of Farmington and our Durango friends Norman Broad and Carol Solomon. Heuser will be hosting the concert on November 14th as a live stream from the R-Space at the Rochester Hotel in downtown Durango. Restaurant Partner Yellow Carrot in Durango will be offering a Virtual Take & Bake Menu for concert night, and Heuser will also release another free Musically Speaking Pre-Concert Lecture on Wednesday, November 11th for historical context in advance of the live broadcast.

“Lyrical Threads” features a chamber orchestra of San Juan Symphony string players. With strings in mind, Heuser created a program of intense emotion and lyricism, and selected a venue with reverberant acoustics to let the threads of the different melodies weave through the space. The concert includes George Walker’s heartfelt “Lyric for Strings,” the energetic Holberg Suite of Edvard Grieg, and as a cherry on top, the perennial audience favorite, Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. As a moving tribute to the more than 200,000 American lives lost to COVID-19, the silhouetted SJS principal string quartet recorded Eleanor Alberga’s Remember at The Rim Studio in Durango, courtesy of Jonas and Moni Grushkin. Complete concert details and program notes can be downloaded at www.sanjuansymphony.org.

While the virtual season may seem like an unfortunate alternative to live music, it offers a unique opportunity to reach new audiences—particularly first-time listeners, families with young children, audiences in other parts of the country, and those who might have physical limitations to attending concerts. Aspects of the digital concert experience are likely to become lasting features of the Symphony even after concert halls reopen. However, the organization has made plans to continue with online concert productions through the spring of 2021.

The San Juan Symphony is actively seeking feedback and support from its Durango and Farmington communities. With some businesses unable to predict the depth of the downturn, individual donors are being asked to keep up their giving while our non-profit applies for state and federal funding. Purchasing a Digital Season Pass is the single best way to support the orchestra at this time. For complete information please visit www.sanjuansymphony.org.


San Juan Symphony Kicks Off Virtual 2020-21 “Essential” Season on October 3

Durango, CO: BLACK VOICES AND A BALLET FOR MARTHA Set for Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, 7:30 pm, Online Release

This year, more than ever, the San Juan Symphony believes music is essential!

Our virtual 35th season kicks off on Saturday, October 3 with an online performance of Black Voices and a Ballet for Martha at 7:30 pm. Video recording of the concert took place at beautiful Blue Lake Ranch in August with Thomas Heuser conducting. Maestro Heuser will also offer a “Musically Speaking” pre-concert talk on Wednesday, September 30, as well as live comments on concert night.

Aaron Copland wrote “A Ballet for Martha” in 1944. The wartime ensemble consisted of just 13 musicians, and the collaboration with Martha Graham resulted in Appalachian Spring, an iconic vision of American Shaker communities. The program also features music by Jessie Montgomery and Bruce A. Russell, two Black composers whose voices resonate with the racial justice movement and introduce a season-long conversation about diversity and inclusivity in the performing arts.

All musical content may be accessed via the San Juan Symphony website after purchasing a Digital Season Pass for $99 at www.sanjuansymphony.org. All concerts will remain accessible on the website as long as copyright regulations allow, usually at least a week.

Buy a pass now to access recent individual recording projects by members of the San Juan Symphony. We’re making music safely and behind the scenes until we can gather in person again.

San Juan Symphony Provides March 24 Update

Dear members of the San Juan Symphony community,

We continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the United States. Given the indefinite postponement of our April concerts, we are now focused on this season’s remaining event, notably the San Juan Symphony Roaring Twenties Symphony Train & Spring Gala which was scheduled for May 3 at River Bend Ranch.


We are postponing this event until it is safe to gather again, perhaps in the fall.  We are grateful to lead sponsor Al Harper at the D&SNGR for working with us to reschedule. And, we are grateful to our honorary sponsors and table chairs who had already stepped up to lead this effort. We’ll call on you soon!


In the meantime, while you are enjoying quality time at home, please consider using the Amazon Smile link below to place orders for items you need.  Amazon will donate a portion of sales back to the San Juan Symphony when you use this link: smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7414147.


As the San Juan Symphony is a non-profit institution relying on both ticket sales and contributions, we ask you to consider donating the cost of your unused season tickets. Single ticket refunds for the April concert are now being processed by the Community Concert Hall in Durango and Henderson Hall in Farmington. If you choose to make your unused season ticket a tax-deductible donation, you do not need to do anything at this time.


If you purchased season tickets, you also have these two other options which can be arranged by leaving a message at the symphony office at 970-382-9753 or e-mailing: sanjuansymphony@musician.org:

– exchange your April tickets for credit on your account to a concert held at a later date;

– receive a full refund for the value of the April tickets.


We look forward to providing another update next week. Meanwhile please send any questions, comments or concerns to the San Juan Symphony at sanjuansymphony@musician.orgor by calling 970-382-9753.


We’re working behind the scenes at our homes to plan our exciting 2020-21 season. More information will be coming your way soon!



Thomas Heuser, music director

Kathy Myrick, executive director

San Juan Symphony Board


San Juan Symphony Elegance & Intensity Season Concludes with Thrilling Virtuosity in Farmington and Durango

The overarching themes of “Elegance and Intensity” are perfectly fused in this program of Thrilling Virtuosity. Grammy Award- Winning violinist Karen Kim makes her San Juan Symphony debut with the flashy and heartfelt Barber Violin Concerto. The Coriolan Overture showcases the great Beethoven at his most passionate, and the First Symphony of Shostakovich creates wild contrasts and great tension that already reveal the composer’s mature voice—a voice that would challenge Soviet norms and spark revolution.

The performances are scheduled for Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 pm at Henderson Performance Hall in Farmington and Sunday, April 5 at 3 pm at the Community Concert Hall in Durango. Maestro Thomas Heuser will preview each concert an hour before showtime in the halls. The talks are free and the public is invited to attend.

Karen Kim has performed in such prestigious venues and series as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Zankel and Weill Recital Halls; the Celebrity Series of Boston; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the Vienna Musikverein; London’s Wigmore Hall; the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; the Seoul Arts Center; and Angel Place in Sydney, Australia. She received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011 for her recordings of the complete quartets of György Ligeti.

She is a member of the Jasper String Quartet and a founding member of Third Sound, which made its debut with an historic residency at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival in 2015. She is also a member of Talea Ensemble, Deviant Septet, and Ensemble Échappé, and frequently performs with such groups as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra and NOVUS NY.

Thrilling Virtuosity is sponsored by James Foster and the Connie Gotsch Arts Foundation.

For Farmington tickets, please call the Henderson Hall box office at 505-566-3430. For more information, please visit www.sanjuansymphony.org. For Durango tickets, please call 970-247-7657, purchase online at www.durangoconcerts.com, or visit the Community Concert Hall ticket office in the Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Avenue.

Youth Orchestra Concert Set for Tuesday, November 19 at the Community Concert Hall

UPDATE: Thanks to our generous sponsors, this event is now FREE for all students.

Join Maestro Heuser and pianist Inna Faliks for a concert preview on Saturday, November 2 at 6:30 pm in the Community Concert Hall

The Drama and Destiny concert begins at 7:30 pm.  www.durangoconcerts.com for tickets.

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