Grandeur, old & new

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Grandeur, old & new

Post conducts fantastic music variety at concert
17-year old Durango native Liam Ramsey-White, seated front left, had the concertmaster’s chair this weekend for the San Juan Symphony’s world premier of his own original composition, “Camping.” The 11th-grader currently is an orchestra major at the Denver School of the Arts.
Israeli flutist Yossi Arnheim soloed on Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2 as well as the Middle Eastern influenced “Samay Nahawand.”
San Juan Symphony music director Arthur Post will step down at the end of the 2014-15 season after 13 years.
Post to bow out after 2015 season

Sunday was not just another concert for the San Juan Symphony.
Music director and conductor Arthur Post again seamlessly led the orchestra through another varied and entertaining program, but few in the audience knew what was happening onstage was not the news of the day. After the program, Post shared the news with some of the symphony’s top patrons: Next season will be his last in the Southwest.
“I’ve been in denial,” he joked last week before making the announcement official. He cited growing family and professional demands as the chief reasons for handing off the baton after 13 years on the dais.
“I’ve really had to reduce my time here to prepare for each concert with more and more stresses, and it’s time that someone younger and with new energy and ideas gets a chance,” he said.
The San Juan Symphony is not Post’s full-time job. He also is music director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada, and frequently contributes his time to numerous other symphonies and projects throughout the United States and around the world.
His shoes will be tough to fill, and his legacy as one of the most influential people in the symphony’s history is secure. Especially difficult to replace will be his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the music he selects, conveyed through his uniquely engaging and entertaining style.
Some of the initiatives implemented during his tenure include the Youth Outreach and Education Program, Family Concerts, Side-by-Side Concerts with young musicians, Pops Concerts and Outdoor Concerts in Farmington. He also instituted preconcert talks known as “Musically Speaking” before each concert, the Maestro’s Circle champagne receptions after each Durango concert and struck up collaborations with local artists, dancers and popular musicians. Since taking over the orchestra in 2002, he has broadened the reach of the San Juan Symphony to perform in Telluride and Cortez, in addition to Durango and Farmington.
At least Post has given more than two weeks notice, so there’s plenty of time to find the right replacement. Executive Director Kathy Myrick said the San Juan Symphony board of directors will meet later this month to discuss the search for a new music director. The 2014-15 season will mark the San Juan Symphony’s 42nd year performing in the Four Corners area.
ted@durangoherald.com

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“Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Beyond,” San Juan Symphony, Arthur Post, music director, flutist Yossi Arnheim, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb 16, Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall.

Grandeur, old & new

17-year old Durango native Liam Ramsey-White, seated front left, had the concertmaster’s chair this weekend for the San Juan Symphony’s world premier of his own original composition, “Camping.” The 11th-grader currently is an orchestra major at the Denver School of the Arts.
Israeli flutist Yossi Arnheim soloed on Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2 as well as the Middle Eastern influenced “Samay Nahawand.”
San Juan Symphony music director Arthur Post will step down at the end of the 2014-15 season after 13 years.
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