IF YOU GO

What: Musical Mavericks

Pre-concert talk: 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sorrel Sky Gallery 828 Main Ave. in Durango, Colo.

Durango concert: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango

Cortez concert: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Montezuma-Cortez High School

Tickets: For Durango concert tickets, call the Community Concert Hall ticket office in Durango at 970-247-7657. For Cortez tickets, please call Paul Bostrom at 970-565-9127 or Joyce Stevenson at 970-565-4757.

Season tickets:Season tickets for the symphony start at $106. Season tickets for SouthWest Colorado Concerts are $45.

More Info: 970-382-9753 or online at www.sanjuansymphony.org.

FARMINGTON — The San Juan Symphony is inviting people to "come hear us now" during its 2013-2014 season.

The season starts Oct. 5 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

Symphony director Arthur Post will preview the concert during his free pre-concert talk at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sorrel Sky Gallery in downtown Durango.

Executive director Kathy Myrick said the season's theme, "come hear us now," is a nod to the symphony's 40-year history. Over the decades, the symphony has evolved and changed, Myrick said.

"You'll be pleasantly surprised," Myrick said.

The first concert of the season is entitled "Musical Mavericks" and showcases three composers -- Charles Ives, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Max Bruch.

Myrick, who has served as the executive director for the past eight years, often listens to the rehearsals before the concert, but she enjoys the concerts themselves.

"I love hearing it all come together," she said.

The concert's featured artist will be American violinist Odin Rathnam, who was accepted to the Juilliard School of Music's pre-college division when he was 11 years old. He later continued his education at Mannes College of Music and at Juilliard.

Rathnam has performed at various European and American music festivals, including Algarve International Music Festival in Portugal, Denmark's Tivoli and Vendsyssel Festivals, and Deià International Music Festival in Mallorca, Spain.

While the concert opens in Durango, the symphony will travel to Cortez, Colo., on Oct. 6 to play at the 60th anniversary of SouthWest Colorado Concerts, which will take place at the Montezuma-Cortez High School.

Paul Bostrom, the SouthWest Colorado Concerts board president, said in the 40 years he's lived in Cortez, there has never been a symphony orchestra perform there.

"We have been aiming at getting a symphony here for several years," Bostrom said.

After the symphony's concert, there will be a reception with refreshments, including birthday cake. The symphony musicians will also be present during the reception.

SouthWest Colorado Concerts has four concerts planned for this season, starting with the symphony. The other concerts include a German singing group, a concert pianist and the Golden Dragon Acrobats.

The challenge for SouthWest Colorado Concerts is putting events on at an affordable price for community members, Bostrom said. Season tickets are $45 for adults and $10 for youth.

Bostrom said the organization relies heavily on sponsors, and this year 95 sponsors stepped up, each contributing at least $120. In exchange, the sponsors received ads.

"That's what's keeping us going," Bostrom said. "It's a real community effort."

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.