Classical music in the mountains |

Classical music in the mountains

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Breckenridge – Breckenridge-based National Repertory Orchestra opens its 51st season on Saturday, June 19 with a joint concert including the Colorado Children’s Chorale at Breckenridge’s Riverwalk Center.Led again by music director and conductor Carl Topilow, who has overseen the audition of over 800 of America’s finest young musicians, and the selection of an 88-piece orchestra, the 2010 National Repertory Orchestra will perform 20 concerts over an intense, seven-week period this summer. Ken Toltz, executive director, announced several exciting highlights of its 51st season program.”One of Colorado’s true artistic gems, the National Repertory Orchestra has created an outstanding summer series of concerts,” Toltz said.This summer’s highlights include a guest conducting appearance by nationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin, violin soloist Elizabeth Pitcairn, who plays the famous Red Violin, and the world premier of Denver native Stacey Rose Miller’s new piano concerto.Ms. Rose Miller will perform her piano concerto, “Raisons d’Etre.” with the National Repertory Orchestra on Saturday evening, July 31 at University of Denver’s Gates Concert Hall, a benefit concert for the National Repertory Orchestra.Another 2010 summer highlight will be the performance of Michael Daugherty’s “Metropolis Symphony.””Once again, the young musicians selected for the National Repertory Orchestra will experience one of this country’s most challenging and rewarding musical performing experiences as they prepare for professional orchestral careers, in one of Colorado’s most beautiful summer settings,” said Toltz.”We are very proud that over its 50 year history, the National Repertory Orchestra has served as a critical training experience for over 4,000 alumni musicians, many of whom now perform in our country’s finest professional orchestras,” said Toltz.

The 2010 Breckenridge Music Festival opens on Thursday, July 16 and runs through Friday, August 20. The Festival’s season includes full orchestral concerts, the everything-but-classical Blue River Series, chamber music evenings and the intimate Champagne Series of concerts in private homes around Summit County. Full orchestral concerts feature a broad range of programming. Symphonic favorites like Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Beethoven’s 4th Symphony are the focus of the July 24th evening; “South of the Border” on August 19 transports the audience from Madrid to Buenos Aires with music from the Latin world; and you can enjoy the songs from quintessential American musicals in full symphonic settings in “Rogers & Hammerstein: A Salute” on August 5. Chamber music, Cabaret and other special concerts are featured on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the five-week Festival. Opening the Festival on July 16, “Happy Birthday, Frdric” features pianist Panayis Lyras in the music of Chopin, celebrating Chopin’s 200th anniversary. A popular tradition is the “Swinging at the Summit” evening, featuring the magically transformed Festival Big Band Orchestra, this year on the evening of August 14. The Blue River Series takes shape through the spring. Marc Cohn returns to the Blue River Series on August 15. Watch the Breckenridge Music Festival website for the latest additions as they are booked. All concert tickets are purchased through the Riverwalk Center Box Office except Champagne Series tickets. With a maximum seating capacity of 40, these Sunday evenings (and one Sunday Brunch concert) tend to sell out quickly. Reservations for Champagne Series concerts are made directly through the Breckenridge Music Festival office at (970) 453.9142.Complete concert information for all concerts is found on the event calendar on the Breckenridge Music Festival web site

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