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Get behind the music, with the San Juan Symphony

The San Juan Symphony will present the third concert in its 2011-12 Season of Appreciation at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 3 p.m. on Feb. 19, with a concert brimming with jokes and smiles entitled “Laughter.” 

The concert welcomes emerging conductor Oriol Sans from Barcelona, and young cellist Katherine Audas, who’s already made a splash here with the Music in the Mountains Conservatory.  Selections on the program include Ibert’s “Divertissement,” Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” Mozart’s “Overture to The Impresario” and Haydn’s “Farewell Symphony.”

 In 2006, Oriol became a student in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he studied with Professor Kenneth Kiesler as the recipient of the Dorothy Greenwald Scholarship for promising instrumentalists, conductors and composers. In December 2007, the Agustí Pedro Pons Foundation in Barcelona granted him a scholarship for upper level musical studies. He received his master’s in orchestral conducting in April 2008 and his doctorate in musical arts in August 2011 at the University of Michigan. He has complemented his musical studies with masterclasses in Spain, Austria, Germany, England, France and the United States. He also holds a degree in humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and he completed additional graduate courses in musicology at the Autònoma of Barcelona University.

 Katherine Audas began playing the cello at age 4.  She is now a 16-year-old sophomore at Boise High School in Boise, Idaho. As the winner of their Young Artist Competition, Katherine made her solo debut with the Meridian Symphony at the age of 11. More recently, she was chosen to perform with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra and the Texas Christian University String Chamber Orchestra. This past fall, she was featured at the 25th anniversary of the New Conservatory of Dallas’ Symphony of Toys concert. For the past five summers, Katherine has attended the Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Durango.  She studies cello with Dr. Jesus Castro-Balbi, professor of cello at Texas Christian University and cellist for the Clavier Trio.

 Guest conductor Oriol Sans will preview the concert on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center.  The pre-concert talk is free and open to the public.

 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

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