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Breckenridge Music Festival

Andy Stonehouse

Once again, the Breckenridge Music Festival will be continuing its mission to bring world-class classical music to Summit County. And between June 19 and August 21, both seasoned classical fans and relative newcomers will have the chance to sample dozens of different performances ” backed by the talented musicianship of the 45 member professional Breckenridge Music Institute orchestra (now in its 24th year in Summit County) and music director/principal conductor Gerhart Zimmerman, who returns for his own 11th season at the helm.

You’ll also get the opportunity to hear some of the best young players in the country as they assemble to take part in the 85 piece National Repertory Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Carl Topilow. Highlights of this season’s NRO schedule include an opening concert, celebrating Dvorak and Rossini, on Sunday, June 19; other celebrations include June 26’s “A Celebration of Friends” (Elgar’s “Enigma Variations”), June 30’s “Celebrating Mahler” and July 17’s “Celebrating Women in Music.” July 25 brings a lawn concert of orchestral favorites; the NRO’s run concludes Aug. 7 with “Celebrating Heros.”

The BMI’s season begins July 22 with works by Beethoven, Haydn, and Rimsky-Korsakov; enjoy “Tangos, Waltzes and Polkas” on July 24, a patriotic “Salute to America” with the Virginia Symphony Chorus on July 29 and Aug. 5’s “A Night at the Opera.” BMI’s fun -filled “Swinging at the Summit” takes things in a big band direction (Aug. 19); the season rolls to a close on Aug 21 with a showcase featuring Vivaldi, Mozart and Liszt.

Season passes to performances to the music festival and the NRO/BMI offerings are available, ranging between $310-$460; flexible passes offering a choice of 13 different concerts from the series are $260-$175. You can also purchase the Concert Dollars coupon book, which may be exchanged at the Riverwalk Center box office for reserved seats; starting May 29, single concert tickets may also be purchased from the box office, with prices ranging from $5 for juniors to $25 for gold section seats. Please call (970) 547-3100 for reservations; information on the various events is available at http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com or http://www.nationalrepertoryorchestra.com.


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