The National Repertory Orchestra will present its annual children and family concert, featuring “Peter and the Wolf,” which will be held at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 24. The program for this concert is fun, exciting and accessible for children of all ages. After the concert, children can take part in an “instrument petting zoo,” where NRO musicians will present kid-friendly versions of their own instruments for the kids to try.
Douglas Adams, the orchestra’s CEO, reveals that research shows that early exposure to music has a profound impact on young people’s ability to learn and contributes to a rich life. Assistant conductor Andres Lopera and the NRO will take audience members on a whirlwind journey to the Olympic Games, through the world of “Fantasia,” into the forest to defeat the big, bad wolf and much more.
John Williams composed “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In this triumphant opening, listeners will hear brass fanfares, dramatic percussion interludes and lyrical melodies. Children might even be able to feel a part of the Olympics for the afternoon. Next, 9-year-old soloist Desi Silverman-Joseph will join the NRO in a performance of Haydn’s Piano Concerto in C major. Silverman-Joseph is from Denver and was the winner of the Division I 2014 Schmitt Music Competition.
Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is a well-loved children’s favorite made popular by the classic Disney film “Fantasia,” in which Mickey Mouse plays the role of the apprentice. NRO music director Carl Topilow will narrate this selection treasured by young and old alike. Last on the program is Serge Prokofiev’s tale of “Peter and the Wolf.” The piece was written for children with the purpose of identifying different instruments in the orchestra. Tim Pare, with the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, will narrate the story of Peter, a young boy who defies his grandfather by going out into the forest alone and comes face to face with the big, bad wolf. Each of the main characters in the story is represented by a specific instrument.
Lopera, the conductor for this program, is the NRO’s assistant conductor for the 2014 season. He also is the newly appointed music director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony after a yearlong international search.
Lopera holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music, a master’s degree in trombone performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a double degree in conducting and trombone from the Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia.
Lopera brings with him a passion for music and community engagement and a belief in the transformational power of music for young players.
General admission tickets to this concert are $5 per person (children 2 and younger are free) and may be purchased at the Riverwalk Center Box Office, 150 W. Adams, Breckenridge, by calling (970) 547-3100 or online at www.nromusic.com. For more information about the NRO, visit www.nromusic.com.
Michelle Lewandowski is the marketing and public relations intern for the National Repertory Orchestra.