Breckenridge Music Festival kicks off season Tuesday |

Breckenridge Music Festival kicks off season Tuesday

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Special to the Daily An Aug. 12 BMF concert is geared toward families with a bit of classical silliness from Lemony Snicket.

The Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra launches its 31st season Tuesday at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Between July 19 and Aug. 20, the festival’s 45 professional musicians will present 17 main-stage concerts at the Riverwalk Center, as well as 10 intimate Sunday Champagne Series chamber concerts in homes around Summit County. Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann returns to Breckenridge for his 18th season. The members of the BMF Orchestra, led by Maestro Zimmermann, will once again flex their musical talents to produce an exceptional season of music providing something for everyone, from classical symphonies and intimate chamber to jazz and opera. Below are just a few of the highlights. Visit for a full calendar of events.

The 2011 Breckenridge Music Festival opens its Festival Orchestra Series with a special concert, Festival Grand Opening Concert: Musical Postcards from Italy Thursday. The Grand Opening concert will feature Breckenridge Music Festival’s concert master and newly appointed co-concert master of the Dallas Symphony, Nathan Olson performing the Mozart “Violin Concert No. 3 in G Major.”

Full orchestral concerts feature a broad range of programming. Symphonic favorites like Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7” and Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No.3” are the focus of the July 28 concert. Another evening of classics, “Wine, Women and Song” Aug. 6 features favorites from Johann Strauss and Strauss Jr. Sutherland, Mozart, and a Spanish Caprice Aug. 13 features pianist, Robin Sutherland performing the Mozart “Piano Concert No. 25” and finishes the evening off with Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous “Capriccio Espagnol.” Audiences can enjoy the Festival Vocalists in songs from quintessential American composer Irving Berlin, backed by the full Festival Orchestra, in “Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritzes” Aug. 4.

Baroque, brass and other special concerts are featured on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the five-week Festival. On Aug. 4, look for a cabaret concert featuring songs from American favorite George Gershwin. Another popular tradition, the Swinging at the Summit evening, features the orchestra magically transformed as the “Festival Big Band Orchestra” performing favorites such as “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “In the Mood” and “String of Pearls” this year on the evening of Aug. 19.

The BMF is presenting two new concerts for the 2011 Summer Festival. Families are invited to the All in the Family Concert Aug. 12, which will feature music from “The Composer is Dead” with text from the very funny, yet very odd Lemony Snicket. This performance will feature Chris Willard from the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre as narrator. On Aug, 15th, make your way to the Warren Station in Keystone where the brass players of the Breckenridge Music Festival will blow their own horns.

Tickets for the Champagne Series are purchased directly from the BMF administrative office at (970) 453-9142. Tickets for the Keystone Brass concert at Warren Station are available through the Keystone Mountain Concierge at 800-354-4386. For tickets to all other Breckenridge Music Festival events call the Riverwalk Center Box Office (970) 547-3100. Tickets may be purchased online at, or through the Breckenridge Music Festival website at

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