BMI salutes great movie themes tonight
BRECKENRIDGE – Young musicians of the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) will move one measure closer to their dreams as they join the professional musicians of the Breckenridge Music Institute (BMI) Orchestra in a joint pops concert tonight.
The performance combines the BMI Orchestra’s sounds of Harry Potter’s “Nimbus 2000” and the “Sound of Music” with the NRO’s performance of “Fiddle Faddle,” “Bugler’s Holiday” and “Overture and Ballet Music to The Fantasticks.”
“It’s more of a festive atmosphere with both orchestras,” said BMI orchestra Conductor and Director Gerhardt Zimmerman.
After the BMI orchestra’s salute to the movies, Maestro Carl Topilow joins bassist Andrew Anderson in playing Vittorio Monti’s “Czardas.” The piece is a festive Hungarian drinking song with familiar and energetic sections.
“It’s gypsy dance music,” Anderson said. “It starts out slow, and then it busts out into a fast, light-hearted, off-to-the-races type thing.”
Anderson began playing cello at age 4, because his father taught high school strings. At age 13, he switched to string bass, standing on a stack of telephone books to play. He began studying mechanical engineering in college, but changed his major to music after he realized eight hours of studying calculus and physics left little time for practicing the new bass on which he spent his college tuition. He hopes to play in chambers and orchestras, teach at a university and open a private studio.
Topilow has been the music director and conductor of the NRO for 25 years. He also serves as the conductor and director of the orchestral program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the founding conductor and music director of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and principal pops conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.
The concert also includes Broadway selections from Douglas Webster’s singers from The American Singer Seminar, a two-week intensive workshop in Breckenridge.
Tickets to today’s 7:30 p.m. concert at the Riverwalk Center are $17, $22 and $27 and may be purchased by calling (970) 547-3100.
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