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Free Fourth of July tickets snapped up by NRO season ticket holders

Harold Anderson, Lone Tree

On June 26, I learned that the National Repertory Orchestra free Fourth of July concert will be closed to the public. This ends a tradition of about 23 years with the NRO and Breckenridge Music Festival.I saw in the June 25 Summit Daily that tickets would be required for this year’s Fourth of July concert, but they were still free. A friend and I went to the Riverwalk ticket office the morning of June 25 to get tickets for another concert.We also asked for July 4th tickets and were told they were all gone.The woman in the ticket office told me they offered them to their season ticket holders on June 22 and they just kept coming back getting four at a time until they were all gone. After getting over the shock of having to tell friends and relatives coming to Breckenridge for their first Fourth of July that there would be no seats, I asked her about all the tourists coming to Breckenridge thinking they could get seats.Her reply was, “They can sit on the grass. Those are probably the best seats anyway.”I can understand the NRO wanting to reward its season ticket holders, their relatives and their friends, but on the Fourth of July? I really feel for the tourists who had other choices but are coming to Breckenridge looking forward to that performance. When it came to a seat in the tent, they never stood a chance.Each nonseason ticket holder and town leaders need to do what we can to make certain that this never happens again.Give the NRO your opinion or future suggestion. The NRO could charge an admission or do a benefit with proceeds going to the fire department or another organization.Perhaps the old-fashioned way is the best. The first ones there get a seat and enforce the saving of seats. However, give everyone at least a fighting chance. Let’s all continue to make Breckenridge and Summit County one of the best places to visit for the Fourth of July. National Repertory Orchestra, this means you too.

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