At the beginning of June, 88 gifted musicians from around the world performed their first of many rehearsals together at the Riverwalk Center. Over the course of the summer, they will perform 21 full orchestral concerts and 22 free chamber concert series within Summit County.
Music Director and Principal Conductor, Carl Topilow, will return for his 41st season with the NRO. Topilow is the founding conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and is also the Music Director and Conductor of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Sandusky, Ohio.
In honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, this Saturday’s opening night, will feature music from the incredibly complex and emotionally-ridden score of West Side Story. This program also features Bernstein’s class-mate, Samuel Barber’s Second Symphony and his stunningly beautiful Violin Concerto. Highlighting our American showcase is music from the film An American in Paris by George Gershwin.
Staying true to our mission statement of Changing Lives Through Music, we will be performing three benefit concerts for local not-for-profit organizations. These organizations include Summit County First Responders on June 13th, Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) on June 27th, and Building Hope on July 18th.
On the 4th of July, we will celebrate this nation’s independence by performing a Patriotic Salute in honor of all the men and women serving in uniform. A “Kids’s Zone” party will follow the FREE performance at Rainbow Park in Silverthorne and fireworks will follow the performance at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Tickets are required to sit inside the venue, however, the garage doors at the rear of the Riverwalk Center will be open and we invite all without tickets to sit on the lawn for free. For lawn seating, you are encouraged to bring your own blankets or chairs.
We will continue the family festivities that week by showing the Oscar®-winning classic The Wizard of Oz on a giant HD screen as the National Repertory Orchestra performs the score live for both a matinee and evening performance at the Riverwalk Center on July 7th. Costumes encouraged!
During the second week of July, a collaborative presentation by the National Repertory Orchestra and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival will feature a FREE family concert! Guest conductor, Radu Marian Paponiu, will take you on a musical excursion through The Listener, and include an Instrument Petting Zoo for people of all ages.
In memory of Nancy Follett, we will wear pink in support of Shaw Breast Center & Cancer Clinic on July 11 at the Riverwalk Center. Assistant conductor, Mark Alpizar, will feature, “Vivaldi Four Seasons” and harp fellow, Molly Langr will perform the hauntingly beautiful Debussy Danses.
The annual Topilow Pops! Concert will be on July 13 at the Riverwalk Center. Music Director, Carl Topilow, will bring you a selection of popular music from the silver screen and Broadway and will feature Tony Award Winning singer, Debbie Gravitte. The following day, the NRO will perform a FREE concert at the Lake Dillon Amphitheater and feature music by John Williams, Mozart, and more.
The NRO season ends with one of our most beloved composers – Sergei Rachmaninoff. His Symphony No. 2, written between 1906 – 1907 is one of the most often performed pieces. Joyous and celebratory, this symphony will leave you wanting more. We also feature our piano fellow, Miao Arai, in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Two true masterpieces to round out this spectacular season!
For more information on our full lineup of events and tickets, visit our website www.nromusic.org or call (970) 453- 5825.