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Festival in motion

LESLIE BREFELDSummit Daily News
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BRECKENRIDGE The 2007 season of the National Repertory Orchestra, which begins Saturday night, marks the 30th anniversary of music director Carl Topilow.In honor of this occasion, a special event is planned for June 29, which will not only highlight Topilows career, but the history of the orchestra itself.

The NROs inception dates back to Estes Park in 1960, when an innovative conductor named Walter Charles imagined an orchestra which would prioritize the musicians training over the audience experience. The Blue Jeans Festival Orchestra mandated the participating musicians work full-time day jobs young people were needed in the hotels and restaurants for the growing tourist industry and perform a six-week schedule chock full of the classic repertoire.In June of 1966, Charles moved the orchestra to Evergreen and renamed it the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1977 the board of directors and Charles clashed, and he was removed as music director.The long work days for the musicians came to an end in 1978, when the project was reorganized to allot the day hours to rehearsals and performances. Carl Topilow, who had served as assistant conductor from 72-75, was named music director.In the mid-80s the orchestra was renamed yet again, finally taking the National Repertory Orchestra moniker. It was also during this time that it made its move to Summit County which promised benefits from the resort community.But not yet to Breckenridge. The NRO first settled in Keystone in 1987, but soon after received and accepted an invitation to be housed in the new Riverwalk Center. (Historical information provided by a story in Historical Jeffco, written by Alice Millett Bakemeier in 2006.)

During the June 29 event, several short pieces will be performed by the NRO, interspersed with stories from alumni and a duet by Topilow on the clarinet and his brother Arthur on the piano. The Riverwalk Center will be set for both cabaret style seating at cocktail tables, as well as general admission seating. Tickets for the June 29 NRO Celebration of Then and Now are $27 for general admission seating and $47 for special table seating (which includes specialty appetizers and a champagne reception with the maestro following the concert). Contact the Riverwalk Center Box Office at (970) 547-3100 for tickets.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.

At the Riverwalk Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Old Friends with Carl Topilow, conductor. NOTE: A pre-concert reception beginning at 5 p.m. at the Cellar will benefit the Summit County digital mammography machine fundraising effort. Call (970) 513-9898 for information and tickets. Tuesday, June 19Childrens concert Tell Me a Story with Benjamin Klemme, conductor Friday, June 22Theme and Variations with Carl Topilow, conductor Wednesday June 27 at 7:30 p.m.A Visit from Tried and True Friends J. Brahms and J. Falletta with JoAnn Falletta, conductor Saturday, June 30Symphonic Images with Carl Topilow, conductor Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.Gerard Schwartz, conductor Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.Heroes with Andres Cardenes, conductor Saturday, July 14Music of Hollywood with Carl Topilow, conductor Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.Chamber orchestra with Benjamin Klemme, conductor Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.Joint Classical Concert with Gerhardt Zimmerman and Carl Topilow conducting Friday, July 27Topilow Pops Sunday, July 29Classical Favorites with Carl Topilow, conductor Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m.Savagry and Innocence! with Jose Luis Novo, conducting and featuring soprano Nancy Davis Booth Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.A Timeless Tale Worth Telling with Carl Topilow, conductor Call (970) 547-3100 ext. 0 for tickets

July 4thLake Dillon Amphitheatre, 10 a.m.Evergreen Lake, 3 p.m.Riverwalk Center, 8:30 p.m. Colorado Symphony OrchestraFriday, July 13 at 7 p.m. at the Riverwalk CenterBenefit concert for the NRO Education and Community Engagement ProgramTickets: (970) 547-3100 Tuesday, June 26, 5 p.m.NRO Open Rehearsal, free at the Breckenridge Theatre Thursday, June 28, 12:30 p.m.Brown Bag Lunch Series, free at the Breckenridge Theatre Sunday, July 1, 7 p.m.Symphonic Virtuosity at The Pavilion at Keystone. Tickets: (888) 222-9306 Thursday, July 5, 12:30 p.m.Brown Bag Lunch Series, free at the Breckenridge Theatre Sunday, July 8Tell Me a Story at The Pavilion at Keystone. Tickets: (888) 222-9306 Tuesday, July 10, 5 p.m.NRO Open Rehearsal, free at the Breckenridge Theatre Thursday, July 12, 12:30 p.m.Brown Bag Lunch Series, free at the Breckenridge Theatre Thursday, July 19, 11 a.m.Tell Me a Story, free at the Gerald Ford Amphitheatre in Vail. Call (877) 812-5700 for tickets. Saturday, July 21, 7 p.m.Chamber Orchestra at The Pavilion at Keystone. Call (888) 222-9306 for tickets. Sunday, July 22, 11 a.m.NRO Music in the Plaza at The Pavilion at Keystone. Call (888) 222-9306 for tickets. Sunday, July 29, 11 a.m.NRO Music in the Plaza at The Pavilion at Keystone. Call (888) 222-9306 for tickets. Friday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m.A Timeless Tale Worth Telling, Evergreen Music Festival at Evergreen High School. Call (303) 674-8241 or (303) 674-5103 for tickets.


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