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BRECKENRIDGE, CO (April 20, 2020): On Friday, April 17, the National Repertory Orchestra Board of Trustees unanimously approved a motion to cancel the 60th Anniversary Diamond Concert Season slated for June 12 – July 31, 2020, in Breckenridge and surrounding areas of Summit County, CO.
FROM THE CEO
April 20, 2020
To the National Repertory Orchestra Musicians, Staff, and Patrons,
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020, 60th Anniversary Diamond Concert Season. In consideration of the health and safety of our musicians, staff, and patrons, we believe this is the most prudent and responsible course of action.
We do not take the decision lightly. While we regret the need for this choice, we understand the bearing it has on our musician fellows, summer staff, board, donors, sponsors, patrons, the Town of Breckenridge, Summit County, and all our NRO family. Given the uncertainty of the novel virus and the possible serious health ramifications, this is our best option for the 2020 music festival and the long-term future of the NRO.
We are in the process of reaching out to all supporters of our 60th Anniversary Season to discuss the effects of the cancellation.
All ticket purchasers will have the option of a complete refund, donating the cost of the tickets to the NRO for a fully tax-deductible contribution or a combination of both.
The DNA of the NRO is education. For this reason, we are exploring remote learning opportunities to expand and continue world-class training and experiences for our NRO fellows – past, present, and future.
Our musicians have an invitation to attend the 2021 National Repertory Orchestra Season without retaking an audition. Details will be communicated to the musicians very soon.
The NRO is here for you now and will be here for you in the future with innovative programming, performances, community engagement, and education for our musicians and our community in 2021. Sixty successful seasons do not happen without tremendous support and love. We are grateful to everyone who makes the NRO one of the most successful and influential summer educational music festivals in the world year after year.
We wish our entire NRO family, musicians, patrons, supporters, and alumni health and safety, especially during these unprecedented times.
David A. DePeters
National Repertory Orchestra
NRO COVID-19 Resources:
- Summit County Public Health Order
- COVID-19 updates from the Town of Breckenridge
- Information regarding travel to Colorado
- For details about the Coronavirus in Summit County, CO, visit Summit County Government Civic Alerts
- Stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information. People who have general questions about coronavirus, can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), and more
- General Colorado specific information about confirmed cases, negative tests, and pending tests
- Access the World Health Organization Rolling Update
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
FROM THE CEO
April 6, 2020
I hope this note finds you and your loved ones healthy, safe, and comfortable.
Today the NRO Team remains working from home and looking forward to the day; we can get out in the fresh air with friends and colleagues. Until then, we have the anticipation of the new season to keep us warm and excited.
We may miss personal contact, but we also know this sacrifice is small when considering our wonderful first responders, medical teams, and all the people working hard to keep us safe. So while personal distancing and “stay at home” recommendations may seem difficult, we do it happily to keep our friends and family safe.
We also remain humble at the responses we have received from so many of you. It is beautiful to hear how much the NRO means to people, how our mission brings people together, and how our musicians fill lives with joy. Our team feels the same.
Soon we will pass through this period to come out the other side. The NRO will again be here to fill your hearts with joy, and our musicians will soon be onstage amazing us all. Our motto – Changing Lives Through Music speaks not only to how our mission changes our musician’s lives but also how our musicians change your lives.
In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.
FROM THE CEO
March 20, 2020
These are indeed unusual times. I hope this note finds you and your loved ones well. Because we are all experiencing the impacts of a novel virus together, I would like to share with you the NRO’s plans for our 60th Anniversary Diamond Concert Season and how we are preparing for COVID-19. These updates will be on-going since so much is changing so often.
We continue to comply with the direction given by Summit County Public Health, The Town of Breckenridge, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Centers for Disease Control. The Town and County are doing amazing work keeping residents safe and healthy. Summit County issued a public health order that included temporarily prohibiting large gatherings, closures of non-essential businesses, public transportation suspensions, and encouraging non-residents to relocate to their primary residences. View the order. Vail Resorts and other ski areas have suspended operations with Breckenridge (in Summit County) possibly re-opening at the end of April.
On a happier note, our entire orchestra has been hired. Our program planning is nearly complete, and tickets are about to go on sale. We remain excited about the season, our 60th Anniversary celebration, and the return of Alumni and past NRO supporters.
This season, rather than a film with a live orchestra, we will be performing Cirque de la Symphonie showcasing our musicians, jugglers, acrobats, and strong men. This concert will be great fun and a unique experience for all. I hope you can join us. Though our ticket policy has always been non-refundable, ticket buyers will be able to make changes without penalty during these unprecedented times. Look for specific guidelines in updates and announcements in our newsletter, on social media platforms, and at NROmusic.org.
We are all a family, and as such, we need to take care of each other. Please practice social distancing, act as if you may be carrying the virus, and do not want to give it to anyone else.
Remain vigilant and be safe,
FROM THE CEO
March 15, 2020
The NRO board and staff continue to look forward to our 60th Anniversary Diamond Concert Season taking place in Breckenridge, CO during June and July. Our plans are well underway for a great celebratory festival. And while we continue to move toward this historic milestone, we also continue to monitor COVID-19 and information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as local and national government health organizations.
Like many of you, we are practicing social distancing. Our first actions were taken earlier this week, prior to the Summit School District closure, by canceling in-school performances by NRO alumni. Alumni that would have had to fly into Denver International Airport, shuttle to Summit County, and perform in front of entire school classes. Our year-round team will also telework, each person working from home for the foreseeable future. The entire staff can still be reached during business hours by calling the office number, 970-453-5825 and following the prompts.
The landscape is ever-changing, and with these changes, the NRO will continue to adapt our plans for the 60th Season. We are working with the Town of Breckenridge, Summit County, and other governmental organizations as well as BreckCreate and the staff of the Riverwalk Center to make sure every effort is made to keep our musicians, staff, and patrons as safe as possible.
Our 60th Anniversary Diamond Concert Season begins June 12, before then I have no doubt there will be many changes to the needs and actions we will all have to take to keep our communities safe. Until that time, and beyond, the entire NRO family will continue to stay abreast of those changes and will make adjustments as necessary, always keeping in mind health and safety.
Please look for consistent updates at NROmusic.org/COVID-19.