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A mosaic of Viennese and English artistry

BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Music Institute (BMI) Orchestra transports the audience to Vienna and England in celebration of the best of the regions’ classical music.

Tonight’s concert features flutist Helen Blackburn and includes selections by Mozart, Holst and Haydn.

The first half of the program features Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G.



After a lyrical orchestral introduction, the solo flute enters with a mixture of trills, melody lines and arpeggios, all with a buoyant forward movement.

“Playing in an opera orchestra for nine years has changed my perception of the Mozart flute concerto,” said Blackburn, principal flutist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, who joined the BMI for her first season this summer. “When I was a student, I approached the Mozart with the attitude that this was a vehicle to strut your stuff – show your wares, so to speak. Now, after performing many of Mozart’s operas, it is impossible for me to even think of the concerto as being about me. Instead, I hear many different roles or characters – masculine, feminine, virtuous, weak, profound, frivolous, etc. When I perform the Mozart this summer, I will be thinking totally of the musical drama rather than the mechanics of playing the instrument.”



The main piece in the second half of the program highlights the musical artistry of Joseph Haydn with Symphony No. 60 in C Major. The symphony is unusual because it’s scored in six rather than the usual four movements. Each has its own stylistic peculiarities because the music originally accompanied theater productions.

The piece features musical absent-mindedness in the last movement, where the musicians begin the piece pompously, only to realize their instruments are not tuned properly.

Haydn preserved his sense of humor about the symphony in a letter to his favorite copyist, Joseph Elssler Jr., on June 5, 1803, which asked to send him a copy because “… her majesty has expressed a wish to again hear the old rubbish.”

Today’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Tickets are $17, $22 and $27 and may be purchased at the box office or by calling (970) 547-3100.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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