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BMI to play Bugs Bunny tunes

Kimberly Nicoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – For those who prefer Bugs Bunny cartoons to orchestral music, tune into the Breckenridge Music Institute (BMI) Orchestra’s opening concert.

The BMI Orchestra will kick off its concert series with Rossini’s overture to the “Barber of Seville,” better known as the tune in Bugs Bunny cartoons.

“Once everyone hears it, they’ll recognize it,” BMI Orchestra Conductor and Director Gerhardt Zimmerman said. The piece utilizes a Rossini crescendo, which begins as a faint murmur and grows into a feverish pitch.

The concert, at 7:30 p.m. July 20, at the Riverwalk Center, features Gioacchino Rossini’s Overture to the “William Tell” finale and Mozart’s most well-known symphony, “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor.”

The overture to the “William Tell” finale honors guest Conductor Carol Simpson for the work she has done with the BMI. Most listeners will recognize the finale as the music to “The Lone Ranger.”

The performance also features Domenico Cimarosa’s “Concerto for Two Flutes in G Major.”

“It’s a charming, light opera,” Zimmerman said. “It’s light and frothy.”

The BMI orchestra also performs chamber concerts with up to seven musicians at local churches.

The musicians play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Horn Quintet,” Taffanel’s “Quintette” and “Alpine Woodwind Quintet” and Brahms’ “Piano Trio in C Major” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lord of the Mountains Church in Dillon.

They perform Schulthorpe’s “Sonata for Viola and Percussion,” Reicha’s “Quintet in E-flat Major,” Trimble’s “Four Fragments from the Canterbury Tales for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet and Harpsichord” and Hummel’s “Septet Opus 74” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at St. Mary’s Church in Breckenridge.

“It’s more of an intimate setting and a much more musical program,” Zimmerman said of the chamber concerts.

The BMI orchestra consists of 40-55 professional musicians from orchestras and universities throughout the nation. Many return year after year to perform in Breckenridge.

“There’s a very fine camaraderie within the musicians,” Zimmerman said. “It’s quite a special group. There’s an excitement about playing in the mountains.”

Zimmerman adds to the excitement with the way he guides members of the orchestra.

“I like to have fun,” he said. “I’m demanding of them, but I enjoy conducting and I enjoy my life, and I think that passes onto them.”

Tickets for the BMI chamber concerts are $10. Tickets for the BMI orchestra are $17, $22 and $27 and may be purchased by calling (970) 547-3100.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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