January 30, 2009


Kathy Myrick
Executive Director
San Juan Symphony

For Immediate Release:

San Juan Symphony to Present “Sketchy Business” on February 14-15

DURANGO, CO -- The San Juan Symphony will welcome guest conductor Philip Mann and solo bassoonist Benjamin Kamins for the third concert of its Symphonic Visions season in a program which includes Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony #8 in B minor, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Bassoon in E minor, Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis and Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture from Romeo and Juliet. Sketchy Business will be presented on Sat. Feb. 14 at 7:30 pm at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango, and on Sun. Feb. 15 at 5 pm at the Michael D. Palm Theater in Telluride.

Hailed by the BBC as a “talent to watch out for, who conveys a mature command of his forces,” American conductor Philip Mann is quickly gaining a reputation as a dynamic artist on both sides of the Atlantic. He recently made his New York debut at Avery Fischer Hall, and as winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s Karajan Fellowship was in residence at the Salzburg Festival. Currently, Mann is the San Diego Symphony’s Assistant Conductor and American Conducting Fellow, having previously served as the Schmidt Conducting Fellow of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Since entering the world of professional music in 1972, Benjamin Kamins has enjoyed a distinguished career as an orchestral musician, chamber and solo performer, and educator. During his nine years as Associate Principal Bassoon with the Minnesota Orchestra, Mr. Kamins appeared as soloist with that orchestra and taught at St. Olaf and Macalester Colleges. In 1981 he was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Houston Symphony, and shortly thereafter was appointed to the faculty at the University of Houston. Now as a Professor at Rice University’s Shepherd School, Mr. Kamins continues his commitment to our young musicians and to classical music performance.

Philip Mann will give a pre-concert talk as part of the series Wednesdays at 6 – Musically Speaking at the Henry Strater Theater Durango at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11. The public is invited to attend.

The San Juan Symphony is a 36-year old semi-professional regional orchestra uniting the Four Corners area by nurturing the art of music through education and high quality performances that touch the soul. It has maintained its non-profit status since 1973,

For tickets, call the Community Concert Hall Box Office at 970-247-7657 or the Michael D. Palm Theater at 970-369-5675. For more information, please visit www.sanjuansymphony.org.

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