Breckenridge orchestra ready to play some crowd-pleasers
The Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF) Orchestra will perform a couple of crowd favorites this upcoming week. Saturday, more than 100 musicians will be on stage performing the Bronze Requiem. It will be a comforting requiem for the living because it will be minus the Dies Irae – the frightening part. “It will be a festive performance, for sure,” said the Breckenridge Music Festival’s executive director Marcia Kaufmann. Then on Wednesday, the orchestra will perform a Cabaret Night, playing music from composers Bacharach, Mancini and friends. “They’ll perform all those favorites from yester-year,” said Mike Koscso, personnel manager for the BMF. “Expect everything you grew up listening to in the ’60s and ’70s. And, if you’re younger, half of the tunes you’re going to recognize.”The Cabaret Night will feature such tunes as “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” “Moon River,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “The Pink Panther,” “What the World Needs Now is Love,” “What’s New Pussycat?” and many more. For the Choral Fest, three regional chorals -or choirs – and vocalists join the BMF Orchestra on stage. These chorals include the Summit Choral Society, the Cherry Creek Choral and Larimer Choral. At the show there will be alternate chorale movements showcasing some of the individual choirs, but at some points they’ll all be singing together. “What people will like best is it’s something they’re familiar with,” said BMF conductor, Gerhardt Zimmermann. “It’s a favorite among audiences.”Vocalists for the shows, who will add commentary to the instrumental music, include sopranos Jacquelyn Culpepper and Jessica Menchon, bass baritone Dan Bow and tenor David Moffitt. “They have just beautiful parts,” Zimmermann said. “Especially the sopranos.” The whole orchestra, however, is on top of their game. “The quality (of musicianship) is very high,” Zimmermann said. “We have six new members. The strings are stronger. We have a great trombone and trumpet, and our new principle viola that is very, very good.”One thing that sticks out about the orchestra, however, might be its 22 strings. “The strings are small, like a chamber, but they don’t sound like a chamber,” Zimmermann said. “They really put out the sound, and that’s how we’re able to do the works that we do.”People will also have a chance to hear the orchestra’s wind ensemble for free at 10:15 a.m. Saturday; as part of the Breck150 celebration, the ensemble will perform on the courthouse lawn when the 100-year-old time capsule gets opened, weather permitting.
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