To thank the community for its generous support, the National Repertory Orchestra will present a free concert to the communities of Summit County. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center. Seating will be first-come, first-served.
The NRO, along with music director Carl Topilow, will present a dynamic spread of musical selections, including the overture to Mikhail Glinka’s opera “Russlan and Ludmilla.” Composed between 1837 and 1842, the opera is based on the 1820 poem of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. Next on the program is Alan Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 2, Opus 132 “Mysterious Mountain,” which has just three movements. Douglas Adams, the orchestras’ CEO, describes this piece as being “hauntingly beautiful music, a spellbinding composition woven with stirring, evocative passages.”
The first half of the concert will conclude with Russel Peck’s Concerto for Percussion Trio “The Glory and the Grandeur” and will feature three percussion soloists from the NRO. The percussionists perform this visually engaging piece in front of the orchestra on three multiple-percussion sets. Audience members will see sets of toms, snare drums, keyboards, gongs and cymbals.
Percussionist Won Suk Lee made his American debut in 2013 as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Lee won first prize at the Albert M. Greenfield Competition in 2013 and was also the youngest semifinalist at Salzburg Marimba Competition in 2012. He currently studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Michael Stubbart is a percussionist and timpanist working toward his master’s degree at the Shepherd School of Music in Houston. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and Blossom Festival Orchestra.
Hannah Weaver is a first-year graduate student at the University of Michigan pursuing her master’s degrees in percussion performance and chamber music. In 2013, Weaver placed first in the PASIC Mock Orchestral Audition.
The repertoire for the second half of the concert will include Tchaikovsky’s Valse-Scherzo, Opus 34, featuring NRO violinist Yifan Zhou. Valse-Scherzo is a technically demanding piece that requires enormous skill from the soloist.
Zhou is pursuing an artist diploma with professor David Halen, concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared as concertmaster of the Texas Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West.
Lastly, the NRO will perform Claude Debussy’s translucent and beautiful “La Mer.” This piece has become one of Debussy’s most frequently performed works. American marine biologist Rachel Carson compared “La Mer” to the ocean, saying, “As the surface of the sea itself is the creation and the expression of the unseen depths beneath it, so, underlying his musical recreation of the coming of dawn to the sea and of the wind-driven processions of the waves against the ocean, Debussy has suggested the mysterious and brooding spirit of the deep and hidden waters.” So come, listen for this imagery and submerge yourself in the lush waves of sound that this piece delivers.
Tickets may be purchased at the Riverwalk Center Box Office, 150 W. Adams in Breckenridge, by calling (970) 547-3100 or by going to www.nromusic.com. Tickets also are available at the Breckenridge Welcome Center. Located at 203 S. Main St., the Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., or call (877) 864-0868.
For more information about the National Repertory Orchestra, visit www.nromusic.com.
Michelle Lewandowski is the marketing and public relations intern for the National Repertory Orchestra.