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Photos 15Ready for a night out of this world?
Join us while we wine, dine, and dance in the city to raise funds for the National Repertory Orchestra!
The NRO is first and foremost an educational, nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for our local community, attending musicians, and our audience. The musicians you see on stage were selected in a 25-city Audition Tour and represent the very best of the next generation of classical musicians.
Our eight-week, tuition-free summer festival is a vigorous program where our musicians are mentored by world-renowned conductors and professional musicians to perform some of the most challenging works in the classical repertoire while receiving crucial hands-on experience in community outreach and development.
Our Annual Gala provides an unmatched tuition-free educational experience for our young NRO musicians that leads to extraordinary character-building and career opportunities.

Black-tie optional.

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Music Director and Conductor Carl Topilow, currently in his forty-first year with the National Repertory Orchestra, has led the orchestra to the forefront of summer music festivals.  He has assisted in the training of talented young musicians and conductors for positions in orchestras in the United States and abroad.  His manner of presenting the music through musical illustrations and guides has enhanced the concert experience for the NRO’s appreciative audiences. 

A classical violinist since the age of five, Connor Bogart O’Brien studied opera at the Eastman School of Music in New York and has since toured the globe as a professional performer.

Notable theater performances have included leading roles in Miss Saigon (Chris) Sweeney Todd (Anthony) The Last Five Years (Jamie) Company (Bobby) Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph) Forever Plaid (Sparky), as well as Altar Boyz (Abraham).

A native of Northeast Ohio, Connor decided to leave the violin behind to study vocal performance/opera at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in New York under the direction of Dr. Robert McIver.

Connor has been a featured soloist with the National Repertory OrchestraThe Cleveland PopsThe Symphony of Southeast Texas, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Rochester Philharmonic, The Toledo Symphony, The Mansfield Symphony, The New Haven Symphony,The Akron Symphony, The Rappahannock Pops, Music In The Mountains (The Dallas Symphony), The Fireland Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has served as executive music supervisor and composer to The Discovery Channel for their series, The Kustomizer, and as a songwriter, had had several of his original songs featured on national television.

He has since toured the U.S, and along with his band, has performed as the opening act on over 20 national tours, including Ashlee Simpson, Huey Lewis and The News, Edwin McCain, Richard Marx, Rick Springfield, Hall & Oates, and Mariah Carey.




6 p.m. – Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction, Mystery Bags

7 p.m. – Welcome and Introductions; Elegant dinner by Epicurean

8:15 p.m. – NRO Performance featuring guest vocalist Connor O’Brien

Followed by a Live Auction and dancing to the full orchestra.

Emcee: Ed Greene, KOA News Radio