Colorado’s San Juan Symphony: finding creative solutions during pandemic

Posted on: May 29, 2020

“Adaptation seems to be the buzzword for almost every arts organization in the Four Corners these days,” writes Mikes Easterling in Thursday’s (5/28) Farmington Daily Times (New Mexico) “The COVID-19 shutdown has impacted them all to one degree or another, but most of them seem intent on surviving, even if they have to radically alter the way they do things. The San Juan Symphony, for instance, had the end of its season disrupted when both of its April concerts were canceled. But it has wasted little time developing a plan for its next season, which traditionally begins in late September. Executive director Kathy Myrick said much of the symphony’s next season—which long ago had been planned and scheduled—will be conducted on a virtual basis employing a variety of approaches. The group usually performs shows in Farmington and Durango, Colorado. ‘It’s likely we’ll have some event each month, but I don’t know if any of them will be in person,’ she said, citing the possibility of her organization offering pay-per-view concerts and streaming lectures by music director Thomas Heuser. On the bright side, Myrick said the symphony is in a stable financial position despite the shutdown.”