The National Repertory Orchestra will present “A Brilliant Evening of Violin Music” on Friday, March 28, at Blue River Fine Art Gallery in Breckenridge. Violin soloist and NRO alumnus concertmaster Hugh Palmer will display his comprehension of musical line, tonal poetry and overall journey.
Palmer is currently a fellow of with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, he was co-concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge.
“I had a great time interacting and learning from (conductor Carl) Topilow, as well as all the great guest conductors,” Palmer said. “I decided to come back a second year because the opportunity to lead an orchestra for so much music and so many concerts is a great privilege that I couldn’t turn down. Along with that, the hospitality and friendliness of the community of Summit County was so wonderful — I really look forward to seeing everybody again.”
Palmer will perform “Chaconne” from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004, by Johann Sebastian Bach; Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78, by Johannes Brahms; and “Paganiniana,” by Nathan Milstein.
About the musicians
Palmer began playing the violin at the age of 5 in Minnesota, where he studied with Mary West and Sally O’Reilly. He received his bachelor’s degree in music performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Almita Vamos, and received his artist diploma from the Colburn Conservatory under Robert Lipsett.
Throughout his career, Palmer has received numerous awards in solo competitions. He has received top prizes in the Schubert Club competition, the Young Person’s Symphony Concert Association and North Shore Musician’s Club, as well as being a national finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association competition. He has performed concertos with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Colburn Orchestra, in addition to the National Repertory Orchestra.
Also an accomplished chamber musician, Palmer has collaborated with many famous artists, including Lera Auerbach, Menahem Pressler, Ronald Leonard and members of the Vienna Philharmonic. As an orchestral musician, he has served as concertmaster of the Pacific Music Festival and Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestras, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and the Colburn Orchestra.
Pianist Sara Parkinson, who has performed widely as soloist, chamber musician and vocal collaborator throughout the United States, will accompany Palmer. Equally comfortable with vocal and instrumental collaborations, Parkinson has performed in concert with principal players of the Colorado, St. Louis and San Francisco symphonies. She spent a season as chorus master and vocal coach at Emerald City Opera in Steamboat Springs, and her orchestral keyboard experience includes performances with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Cheyenne Symphony.
Parkinson received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance with academic honors in her native Iowa and Master of Music in piano performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in collaborative piano at CU-Boulder, where she held a full assistantship in both the opera and instrumental departments.
Parkinson is on the piano faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver and frequently performs throughout Colorado as part of the Central City Opera Ensemble.