San Juan Symphony to present ‘Back to the Future’ concert

By Kathy Myrick
Special to The PREVIEW

The San Juan Symphony will kick off the second half of its Lollapalooza season with a concert at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17.

“Back to the Future” will feature a return visit by young prize-winning pianist Zhu Wang from Shanghai, guest conductor Ken Freed from Minnesota and Durango’s own Meredith Mapel as vocal soloist.

Selections on the program will include Bermel’s edgy and elegant “Canzonas Americanas,” Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 2,” and Haydn’s earthy “Symphony No. 104.”

Freed will preview the concert on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center.  The pre-concert talk is free and open to the public.

Freed is in his sixth season as music director of Minnesota’s Mankato Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as an assistant conductor of The Minnesota Orchestra, where he led performances of its Family and Young People’s concert series.

Zhu Wang is currently a student of the middle school affiliated with Shanghai Conservatory of Music, studying with Professor Zhe Tang.  He has been awarded many prizes, including first prize in the Hilton Head International Young Artist Piano Competition last year.

Meredith Mapel is honored to perform with the San Juan Symphony.  Growing up in Durango, she performed the “Messiah” with the Choral Society at age 11, as well as singing during several seasons at the Diamond Circle Theatre.  She spent eight years in the Chicago area performing in musicals such as “Into the Woods,” “Grand Hotel,” “Singing in the Rain,” “Zorba,” “Cinderella,” “Annie,” “Anything Goes,” “The Red Mill” and in several musical reviews.

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

This story was posted on February 14, 2013.