San Juan Symphony to kick off Season 32: American Visions on Oct. 7 and 8 in Durango and Telluride


    By Kathy Myrick
    Special to The PREVIEW
    San Juan Symphony Music Director Thomas Heuser officially begins his second season with “Pastoral Reverence,” the first concerts of Season 32: American Visions.
    Performances are slated for Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall in Durango and Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Michael D. Palm Theater in Telluride.
    Inspired by the beauty of the Four Corners, this San Juan Symphony season is devoted to visions of nature and the American landscape. Pastoral Reverence celebrates Telluride composer David Lingle’s impact on our local choral community.
    The San Juan Symphony is proud to present “Requiem for Eagles” as part of a continuing collaboration between the Durango Choral Society, directed by Linda Mack Berven, and the Telluride Choral Society, directed by Rhonda Muckerman.
    The soaring harmonies and gentle themes of Lingle’s “Requiem” (realized and arranged by Telluride’s Dalen Stevens) are paired with other reverential offerings including Beethoven’s beloved “Pastoral Symphony” and Felix Mendelssohn’s firsthand rendering of Fingal’s Cave in the Scottish Hebrides Islands.
    Recognized for his stirring leadership and energetic programs, Heuser has devoted himself to artistic excellence, music education and community collaboration as a music director and public servant in the arts. Heuser was appointed the music director of the San Juan Symphony in 2016 and relocated to Durango with his wife, violinist Lauren Avery, and their son, Theodore.
    Since 2011, he has served as the music director of the Idaho Falls Symphony (IFS), during which time he has attracted new audiences, reinvigorated the community and helped the IFS gain a more firm financial footing than at any time in their 68-year history.
    Heuser will give a preconcert talk on Oct. 4 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Palm Theater in Telluride before the afternoon performance. Both talks are free and the public is invited to attend.
    For Durango tickets, please call 247-7657, purchase online at or visit the Community Concert Hall ticket office in the Welcome Center at 8th Street and Main Avenue. For Telluride tickets, please call the Palm Theater at (970) 369-5669 or purchase online at Season tickets are 50 percent off for first-time buyers in Durango.
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