A Benefit Concert for Summit County First Responders
Michael Stern, conductor Carl Topilow, conductor Midori, violin
On the Program
Copland:Fanfare for the Common Man Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, op.35 Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger(The Master-Singers) Dvořák: Symphony No.8, op.88 Smetana: The Moldau from Má Vlast (My Fatherland) Stravinsky: Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird Suite (1919 version)
As I begin this chapter as NRO’s Music Director, I am keenly aware of the incalculable impact that this extraordinary institution has had in shaping the American musical landscape for so long. No single person has done more or has been more devoted to its mission and success than Carl Topilow, who has guided the organization for more than 40 years. In this first year of my tenure, I am thrilled that we share the stage for this concert, my first at the remarkable Dillon Amphitheater. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing legacy of excellence and inspiration the NRO has represented for so many.
The choice of this program is perfect for a Colorado mid-summer evening. And, of course, it is thrilling to have Midori grace the stage with us. Midori has thrilled audiences with her consummate playing, deep musical insight, and generous spirit for four decades. I count her among my most cherished musical friends, and we have played together many times – it is always a thrill. However, her accomplishments on stage don’t tell the full story, as was acknowledged just this spring when she became a Kennedy Center Honoree. She is an inspiring teacher, a devoted mentor to so many, and a restless musical advocate for social change. It is indeed a privilege to have her with us this summer.