San Juan Symphony: ‘All Things Great and Small’

The San Juan Symphony will conclude its 2008-09 Symphonic Visions season on Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m .at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango and Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at Henderson Performance Hall in Farmington, when music director Arthur Post leads the ensemble in its most ambitious effort yet, “All Things Great and Small.”

 In this performance of Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony,” the orchestra will be joined by 150 members of the Durango Choral Society and the Fort Lewis College Choir, under the direction of Linda Mack Berven.  Also, on the program is Sebastian Currier’s microsymph.  For tickets, call the Community Concert Hall Box Office in Durango at 247-7657 or the Henderson Performance Hall Box Office in Farmington at (505) 566-3430. 

 Inspired by Beethoven’s “Ninth,” Gustav Mahler said “the symphony should be like the world — it must embrace everything.” In the late 19th century he and other Romantics wrote super-sized symphonies that sprawled over hundreds of pages. Now, reacting to centuries of excess, American composer Sebastian Currier wants to show that a few minutes are sufficient to say all that needs to be said. But Beethoven, whose final symphony broke the mold all the way back in 1823, gets his deserved last word.

 For more information, call the San Juan Symphony office at (970) 382-9753 or visit www.sanjuansymphony.org.