NRO sets Saturday meet ‘n’ greet with composer David Dzubay |

NRO sets Saturday meet ‘n’ greet with composer David Dzubay

Katharine Allison
Special to the Daily
Violinist Katelyn Lyons receives a standing ovation while performing with the National Repertory Orchestra.
Special to the Daily / Courtesy of National Repertory Orchestra

If you go

What: National Repertory Orchestra’s Summer Season

When: Now until July 27

Where: Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge Arts District, Warren Station

Info: Tickets for most concerts are $25-40 and $10 for children 18 and under. For more, call 970-453-5825 or go to

The National Repertory Orchestra will perform Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.

Johannes Brahms spent almost 20 years completing his first symphony, and if you attend Saturday’s concert, you’ll find out why.

The eight-bar theme given at the opening is treated in 32 variations and a concluding coda, derived from Bach’s “Cantata No. 150.”

The show will also feature music from former co-principal trumpeter of the NRO David Dzubay. His composition “Snake Alley” comes from a time when Dzubay ventured into a bizarre market in Taipei in 1988 while on tour with the National Repertory Orchestra.

He said the market was “not a place for the lighthearted, but rather for the adventuresome soul interested in observing a part of a culture very different from one’s own.”

Ticketholders for Saturday’s concert will have the opportunity to meet Dzubay from 6-7 p.m. Dzubay is currently a professor of music, chair of the composition department, and director of the New Music Ensemble at Indiana University.

The NRO’s next benefit concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, also at the Riverwalk Center. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the Family & Intercultural Resource Center and 100 percent of donations collected during the concert will go to FIRC, as well.

Guest conductor JoAnn Falletta and pianist Orion Weiss will take the audience on a musical journey to Spain and Latin America in next week’s concert

Featuring “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” by Manuel de Falla , it is an extravagantly orchestrated series of symphonic impressions for piano and orchestra. Joaquin Turina’s, “Danzas fantásticas,” is saturated in Spanish folk idioms and will start the evening’s performance. Another highlight of the evening will be Claude Debussy’s “Ibéria,” which he composed after only visiting Spain one time for a bull fight.

The NRO returns to Keystone for the Quaking Aspen Quartet series at Warren Station on Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. In addition to the free community concert in Keystone, there will be two free community concerts — one from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Riverwalk Center lawn and the other from 5-6 p.m. June 29 at Main Street Station in Breckenridge.

Also, stay tuned to the NRO, which has a jam-packed schedule the first week of July. From a kid’s zone party, including an instrument petting zoo to patriotic concerts and The Wizard of Oz, there will be plenty of family activities and events.

For more information, including a full lineup of events and tickets, go to or call 970-453- 5825.

Katharine Allison is the National Reperatory Orchestra’s marketing fellow for the summer.

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