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Breckenridge NRO goes burritos, romantic and thankful, all in one week

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Without the contributions from musical lovers called NRO Sustainers, people like Alicia Hui might not get the orchestral experience and confidence to become a co-concertmaster.Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., Hui performs Brahms’ “Concerto for Violin,” which features her as concertmistress. The NRO is dedicating the presentation to its Sustainers, a group of long-time supporters of the nonprofit. The NRO struck its first note in 1969 and has annually helped prepare just less than 90 of the best young musicians in the nation for orchestral music careers. The Sustainers first met in December 2003. While they don’t govern the NRO, they are responsible for steering the organization toward long-term success. They do this by increasing community awareness and raising money.The community benefits from enjoying eight weeks of summer concerts, which showcase the top 10 percent of musicians selected from extensive nationwide auditions.Gioacchino Rossini’s energetic “William Tell Overture” opens Saturday’s show. The second half features Shostakovich’s 1st Symphony, which Shostakovich completed at age 19 as his graduation piece from the Leningrad Conservatory; since then, it has endured as one of his most popular works.Since it’s always more fun to watch someone audiences can relate to -or know a bit about – perform, the questions below provide a glimpse at Hui’s aspirations and motivations. Hui, who’s 21, went to Curtis Institute of Music when she was 11 and earned her bachelor’s degree when she was 16. She got her master’s degree from Cleveland Institute of Music at 18 and her artist diploma at 20.What keeps you motivated? I like practicing, improving my playing and learning new pieces.Other interests? Hanging with friends.Why do you want to share orchestral music with your community? There are many great orchestral works, and I feel people should be immersed in it more.Goal: To land a job with a major orchestra.Musical inspirations: Mostly hearing great artists perform, whether it be solo or chamber music.Most rewarding musical experience: I went to a chamber music festival on Amelia Island last month. To get to play with such incredible performers (Roberto Diaz, James Dunham, Chris Rex) was truly amazing, especially with their experiences bringing pieces at the last minute.Challenges you foresee: Getting a job.

If you’re looking for a little romantic musical adventure, the NRO presents Symphonic Expressions at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Riverwalk, under the direction of award-winning assistant conductor Octavio Ms-Arocas.Ms-Arocas is an alumnus of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and is currently the music director and conductor of the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, featured on National Public Radio.Wednesday’s Romantic repertoire includes Brahms’ “Tragic Overture,” Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” and Prokofiev’s “Symphony No. 5.” “This concert presents music that utilizes the orchestra as a unified instrument for expression,” Ms-Arocas said. “All of the works offered on this program are excellent representations of the characteristics of the era: The expanded formal structure and the extensive use of dissonance make the works more passionate and expressive.” Although Prokofiev composed his fifth symphony more than 60 years after Brahms penned the “Tragic Overture,” influences of the Romantic style are undeniable. Prokofiev’s use of long and soaring melodic lines and a resoundingly present bass section can be attributed to a distinctly post-romantic reaction to the World War era, and is in stark contrast to other modernist movements of the time, according to the NRO. The concert will feature NRO cellist Mark Yee, performing Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme.” “This is one of the most important works for cello and is a fundamental piece for all cellists,” Ms-Arocas said. “It is colorful, melodic and extremely virtuosic.”Tickets may be purchased at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center Box Office by calling (970) 547-3100, or through the National Repertory Orchestra website at

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