Symphony Extends Heuser's Contract to 2024

Thomas Heuser, San Juan Symphony

Season ticket sales in Farmington have doubled since Heuser's arrival, and performances of the San Juan Symphony are regularly sold out at the Community Concert Hall in Durango. Heuser is credited with creating an atmosphere of increased professionalism and respect in the orchestra, which has translated into breathtaking performances of the highest quality. Thanks to Heuser's new Family Concert initiative, audiences of all ages have been able to enjoy the Symphony, and his pre-concert lecture series has attracted a large and devoted following.

The San Juan Symphony has signed a contract extension with Thomas Heuser to serve as Music Director for the next five seasons through 2024. The Symphony's upcoming concerts in February and April 2019 mark the culmination of Heuser's initial three-year contract, which has been a period of growth for both conductor and orchestra alike.

 

"Thank you to the communities of Durango and Farmington for your incredible support," remarked Heuser in a prepared statement. "I am honored and immensely grateful to be your music director, and I am excited for the future of the San Juan Symphony as we keep building our momentum together."

Heuser has also been music director of the Idaho Falls Symphony since 2011, a position he plans to keep along with the San Juan Symphony and possibly others as well. Currently he is a music director finalist with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire. Having multiple jobs comes with the territory; conductors regularly hold simultaneous music director positions in order to further their careers.

 

"We have the potential for so much growth at the San Juan Symphony," Heuser continued, "particularly in the areas of music education and community outreach. I applaud our musicians, staff, Board and volunteers for all that we have achieved over the past three years of dedicated hard work. Moving forward I hope to increase our engagement, to continue presenting masterworks at a professional level, and to reach new and younger audiences."

 

Season ticket sales in Farmington have doubled since Heuser's arrival, and performances of the San Juan Symphony are regularly sold out at the Community Concert Hall in Durango. Heuser is credited with creating an atmosphere of increased professionalism and respect in the orchestra, which has translated into breathtaking performances of the highest quality. Thanks to Heuser's new Family Concert initiative, audiences of all ages have been able to enjoy the Symphony, and his pre-concert lecture series has attracted a large and devoted following.

 

Details about the upcoming 2019-20 season will be announced soon. Meanwhile please visit www.sanjuansymphony.org to get involved with the San Juan Symphony, purchase tickets, or find out more about Maestro Heuser and his cadre of musicians from around the Four Corners.

More from Local News

  • County Offers Safer Fireworks Location

    San Juan County will open the north parking lot of McGee Park for people to light fireworks from dark on Saturday, June 29, until 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2019. The parking lot is available for anyone to come and light fireworks while steering clear of brush or buildings.

  • Child Porn/Sex Sting nets 7 Arrests

    The operation targeted suspects who: (1) produce, distribute, receive and possess child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the sex trafficking of children; and (4) travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children (justice.gov).

  • County Commission Recommends Charley Fill Pinto's Seat

    The Commission received 13 submissions. One submission was disqualified due to an applicant not residing in the district. Monday’s special meeting was called in order to choose from applicants and make nomination to Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham. Each applicant was given four minutes to speak before the Commission.

  • Suspect Arrested after Farmington Stabbing

    When police arrived, they found 33-year-old Kyle Martinez inside the apartment with multiple stab wounds. Medics transported Martinez to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.

  • Authorities Investigate River Drowning

    The call came in to dispatch around 5:49 p.m. after a family saw the person, identified as 51-year-old David Lee of Shiprock, floating in the river near Boyd Park. Farmington and San Juan County fire departments, Farmington police and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office worked to locate Lee.

  • Rising River Restricts Trails

    Trails on the north side of the river from Berg Park West to the Animas Bridge (furthest bridge to the east) are closed. Trails on the south side of the river will remain open. The closure is a precaution in anticipation of rising water levels over the next several days.

On KSJE Now:

Today's Weather

  • Farmington, NM

    Sunny intervals

    High: 91°F | Low: 57°F

  • Durango, CO

    Sunny intervals

    High: 88°F | Low: 50°F

  • Shiprock, NM

    Sunny intervals

    High: 93°F | Low: 55°F

  • Cortez, CO

    Sunny

    High: 90°F | Low: 50°F

  • Santa Fe, NM

    Thundery shower

    High: 84°F | Low: 59°F