No matter the age, listeners will be sure to enjoy all of the upbeat and familiar Hollywood favorites presented by maestro Carl Topliow and the National Repertory Orchestra in “Music of the Silver Screen.” This family-friendly performance will feature the film music of John Williams, Rogers & Hammerstein and Paul Dukas on Saturday, July 5, at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center.
The program includes music from “Harry Potter,” “Fantasia,” “Sound of Music,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and many more favorites from the silver screen. The NRO will also present a childhood favorite, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” from the classic Disney film “The Lion King.”
Music of John Williams
Featured prominently in this concert is the music of Williams, one of the most celebrated film composers of our time. He is most noted for his scores to “Harry Potter,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Star Wars,” among others. Williams holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for a living person and is the second most nominated person in Academy Awards history behind Walt Disney. He has won five Academy Awards, three Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe awards, 21 Grammy Awards and seven BAFTA awards and has been inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.
Speaking on his success, Williams said he “never dreamed there could be a career actually earning a living writing music.” In this program, listeners will hear his “Cowboys Overture” and the symphonic suite from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
The NRO will also welcome 11-year-old youth soloist Paul Sri, from Littleton. Sri is the Division II winner of the Schmitt Music Competition and will be performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K.413 in the opening half of the program. Mozart’s music has been used in a wide range of films, including “The Truman Show” and Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” among many other film soundtracks.
Each year, the National Repertory Orchestra holds a general concerto competition for its orchestra members. One of the winners from this year’s competition is horn player David Raschella, who will be performing Franz Strauss’s Horn Concerto, Opus 8. Strauss is best known as the father of fellow composer Richard Strauss, whose music you will hear later this season. While both are extremely accomplished composers, Strauss senior is also greatly remembered for his works for horn. He was a virtuoso horn player himself and was principal horn of the Bavarian Court Opera for more than 40 years and a teacher at the Royal School of Music.
Raschella is currently a sub with the New World Symphony and is working toward his master’s degree at The Julliard School. Just this past year, he also completed his bachelor’s degree from Julliard. Aside from school, Raschella has been a mentor for the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and is an active private teacher of high school students.
Tickets for this concert start at $25 and are $7 for those 18 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the Riverwalk Center Box Office, 150 W. Adams, Breckenridge, by calling (970) 547-3100 or by going to www.nromusic.com. The Breckenridge Welcome Center also is selling tickets to National Repertory Orchestra concerts. Visit the center at 203 S. Main St., 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.