Get ready to take a journey through time as the National Repertory Orchestra presents a program that spans two centuries. The concert on Wednesday, July 23, at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center will feature music from Mozart, who lived during the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution, to John Adams, an American composer who is alive and composing today. Guest conductor and pianist William Eddins will join the NRO not only to conduct but to present an exhilarating performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17.
The performance will open with two orchestral greats. “Fountains of Rome,” written by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, is part of a Roman trilogy that includes “Pines of Rome” and “Roman Festivals.” Each of these tone poems highlights a single attribute of Roman culture, and “Fountains of Rome,” as one might guess, features the different fountains one might discover meandering the streets of the historic city.
Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol” is one of the most jovial pieces of music ever written. Although Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer, he used Spanish folk tunes as inspiration for this work. He wrote in his autobiography, “The ‘Capriccio’ is a brilliant composition for the orchestra. The Spanish themes, of dance character, furnished me with rich material for putting in use multiform orchestral effects.”
Eddins will conduct and play from the piano Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major. A joyous piece, filled with grace and eloquence, it stands out among Mozart’s work for its exuberant cheerfulness. The third movement is in the form of a theme and variations, with the melody of the theme being one of the finest in its creator’s entire output. Eddins is the music director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras throughout the world. Engagements have included the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Minnesota and Cincinnati, among others. Eddins is an accomplished pianist and regularly play-conducts from the piano works by Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Ravel.
Adams has quickly become one of the most celebrated minimalist composers of our day, and like other minimalists, he uses a steady pulse that defines and controls his music. In “Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” the listener will experience four minutes of nonstop excitement from the ceaseless driving winds and relentless amplified woodblock. About the title Adams said, “You know how it is when someone asks you to ride in a terrific sports car, and then you wish you hadn’t?” This work is that ride in the sports car.
Tickets can be purchased at the Riverwalk Center Box Office at 150 W. Adams in Breckenridge, by calling 970-547-3100 or by going to www.nromusic.com. The Breckenridge Welcome Center, open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., is also selling tickets. Visit the center at 203 S. Main St., or call (877) 864-0868.
For more information about the NRO, visit www.nromusic.com.
Michelle Lewandowski is the marketing and public relations intern for the National Repertory Orchestra.