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San Juan Symphony presents ‘Something Old, Something New’

The San Juan Symphony will kick off its 2010-11 25th anniversary season next weekend with a combination of classic and popular works and attractive modern pieces.

The first concert, “Something Old, Something New,” is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango and will feature Alexander Fiterstein on clarinet. Highlights of the program include Weber’s “Clarinet Concertino, Op. 26,” Copland’s “Andante,” from “Clarinet Concerto,” Ellstein’s “Hassidic Dance:,” and Schumann’s “Symphony No. 3, Renish, Op. 97.”

Music Director Arthur Post will preview the concert on Wednesday, Oct. 6 ,at 6 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center. The pre-concert talk is free and open to the public.

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is recognized for playing which combines flawless technique and consummate musicianship with graceful phrasing and a warm soulful tone. Considered one of today’s most exceptional young clarinet players, he has performed in recital and with prestigious orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world. Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant Award, Fiterstein has been praised by The New York Times for possessing a “beautiful liquid clarity,” and The Washington Post wrote, “Fiterstein treats his instrument as his own personal voice, dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility and range. Every sound he makes is finely measured without inhibiting expressiveness.”

Fiterstein was born in Belarus. At the age of 2, he immigrated with his family to Israel where he later studied at the Israel Arts and Science Academy. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Julliard School. He is a recipient of the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award (Tokyo), a first prize winner of the “Aviv” competitions in Israel, the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions (YCA) and a recipient of numerous awards from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Fiterstein was recently appointed as the Artist/Professor of Clarinet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has been on the faculty of Kean University, New Jersey since 2005.

For tickets or information, call the Community Concert Hall ticket office in Durango at 247-7657.

For more information, call the SJS office at 382-9753, or visit online at www.sanjuansymphony.org.