San Juan Symphony to kick off 2013-14 season

By Kathy Myrick
Special to The PREVIEW

The San Juan Symphony will kick off its 2013-14 season at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, commemorating the 60th anniversary of SouthWest Colorado Concerts.

The San Juan Symphony is offering half-price season tickets to new subscribers for the 2013-14 season.  Themed “Come Hear Us Now!,” the season starts with a concert titled, “Musical Mavericks,” showcasing a stunning contrast between Ives’ celestial musings in “The Unanswered Question” and Beethoven’s bold heroism in his “Symphony No. 3, Eroica.”  Rounding out this program of powerful and mystical music is the beautiful Bruch concerto with brilliant violinist Odin Rathnam.

Since his critically acclaimed Lincoln Center debut in 1993, the American violinist Odin Rathnam has established himself as one of the most passionate and versatile artists of his generation. He has received unanimous praise from critics and audiences for his “captivating temperament,” “brilliant technique” and “recalling the legendary violinists of the past.”

A veteran performer at many major European and American festivals, including the Algarve International Music Festival in Portugal, Denmark’s Tivoli and Vendsyssel Festivals, Deia International Festival in Mallorca, Aspen and Caramoor, he has also appeared in recital on the Market Square Concerts series, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall, where Rathnam first appeared at the age of 15. As a soloist, he has performed with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the New Amsterdam Symphony, the Columbian National Symphony, the Camden and Hayes Orchestras in England, the York Symphony, the Hershey Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony, the Central Pennsylvania Symphony and the Harrisburg Symphony, enjoying collaborations with conductors including Stuart Malina, Richard Westerfield, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Anne Harrigan and many others.

As a chamber musician, Rathnam has performed frequently in Harrisburg, Baltimore and New York with Concertante, the internationally-acclaimed chamber group he founded in 1995. Rathnam is extremely committed to the development of young musicians and his numerous students have been accepted at major conservatories throughout the United States and abroad, several going on to win prizes in national and international competitions. He currently serves as a performing faculty member at the Nordic Music Academy in Denmark.

Born in 1965 to Danish and Indian parents, Odin Rathnam was raised on the upper west side of Manhattan. He was accepted at the Julliard School’s pre-college division at the age of 11, continuing his formal education at Mannes College of Music and at the Juilliard School.

Rathnam has recorded for the Helicon, Kleos and ABM labels. He performs on a rare Italian violin crafted by Bartolomeo Calvarola in 1755.

For tickets, call the Community Concert Hall ticket office at 247-7657.

For more information, call the SJS office at 382-9753, or visit online at

This story was posted on September 26, 2013.