The National Repertory Orchestra presents its 2012 season finale at 7:30 tonight at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. The orchestra consists of 89 young fellowship applicants who spent the summer building professional skills while performing at least two concerts each week under the direction of maestro Carl Topilow. The concert concludes their summer repertoire.
Topilow conducts the Out of this World finale, which features Giaocchino Rossini's "William Tell Overture" and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor.
The diverse Mahler piece moves from the despair of the first movement's funeral march and elegy through tragedy and ultimately to tranquility. Over the years, the flowing fourth movement, Adagietto (meaning "quite slow") is sometimes played as a stand-alone work. It is scored for strings with harp accompaniment. Mahler said he sent the Adagietto as a musical love letter to Alma, his wife, whom he married while composing the symphony between the summers of 1901 and 1902. The marriage was supposedly a turning point in his life, and the fifth symphony marked his maturity as a composer.
"This has been a great season with large, appreciative audiences," said NRO executive director Douglas Adams. "The orchestra has performed at an exceptionally high artistic level. Mahler's fifth symphony is a magnificent way to end a wonderful season."
In addition to its musicians, the NRO soon bids farewell to its interns, Jamie Kriel (who left this week), Cianna Reider and Lauren Haines. Kriel was the marketing/public relations intern, creating posters and programs and doing the legwork to communicate NRO news to the Summit Daily and other media outlets, while Haines was the development intern, working on grants and other projects. Reider, who graduates with a degree in electronic media production from Kent State University this month, handled the video and social media.
"I interviewed all the different guest conductors who came through, which was a wonderful experience because they are all so different and have such interesting background stories," said Reider, who is from Ohio but recently moved to Colorado Springs. "I also got to interview Deforia Lane, which was lovely; she's from Ohio originally, and I really thought she was an inspiring person." The YouTube videos can be viewed via www.nro.com.
The Village at Breckenridge, Wells Fargo Bank and Ron and Patrice Lara sponsor the season finale.