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National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Music Festival host concert

Bailey Salinero
Special to the Daily

The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) and Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF) will present a joint concert on Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Riverwalk Center. Led by conductors Carl Topilow and David Danzmayr, the enormous combined orchestra will perform Maurice Ravel's colorful "Daphnis et Chloe suites No. 1 and No. 2" as well as works by Jean Sibelius and Alexander Scriabin.

French Impressionist composer, Ravel, may be best known for his orchestral masterpiece "Daphnis et Chloe." Igor Stravinksy, a notoriously harsh critic, remarked, "It is not only Ravel's best work but one of the most beautiful products in all of French music."

The early 20th century marked an explosion of Ballet Russe in Paris. Led by Sergei Diaghilev, Ballet Russe became one of the most influential ballet companies of all time. It produced immensely popular works such as "Firebird," "Rite of Spring" and "Scheherazade."

Ravel was approached by Diaghilev to write a ballet based on the Greek romance Daphnis et Chloe. Unfortunately, the ballet was not well received but Ravel managed to extract Suites No. 1 and No. 2 from the wreckage. To this day, the ballet suites from Daphnis et Chloe are considered Ravel's most ambitious and successful works.

When Sibelius wrote Finlandia for a political demonstration in Helsinki, he could never have imagined its international appeal. This work marked a turning point in the composer's career, launching Sibelius to international stardom. To this day, Finlandia remains a powerful and stirring symbol of political unity and pride.

The evening will conclude with Scriabin's most successful work, "The Poem of Ecstasy." Like Daphnis et Chloe, this work is fluid and lavishly written. The use of orchestral color creates a dreamy, metaphysical collage of sound. As wacky, and possibly insane as Scriabin was, he wrote beautiful music unlike anything else.

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This joint concert was conceived by local philanthropist Jack Thomas. Jack and his wife Pat have supported both orchestras for over 15 years. Thanks to their support of both NRO and BMF, this event continues to bring together two talented groups of musicians. As Jack said, "Music enhances the community and makes it a better place."

Tickets for this concert range from $25-40 and are only $7 for audience members ages 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Riverwalk Center Box Office, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge, by phone at (970) 547-3100, or online at

Bailey Salinero is a marketing intern with the NRO. The NRO would like to thank its generous sponsors for this concert: Pat & Jack Thomas, KCME, KUNC, KUVO, Summit Public Radio & TV, and Rocky Mountain PBS.


What: The National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Music Festival Present Annual Joint Concert

Program: Maurice Ravel: “Suite No. 1 and No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloe”; Jean Sibelius: “Finlandia, Op. 26”; Alexander Scriabin: “The Poem of Ecstasy, Symphony No. 4, Op. 54”

When: Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge

Cost: $25-$40, $7/youth 18 & under

More Information: (970) 453-5825 or online at