Going behind the NRO numbers | SummitDaily.com

Going behind the NRO numbers

BRECKENRIDGE – Sometimes numbers are as complicated as a Stravinsky composition.

A straight comparison of total attendance between 2002 and 2003 at National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) events shows a 10 percent decrease in attendance. But, that’s not the whole score.

The 2002 concerts included 12 NRO concerts, two ballets in conjunction with the town of Breckenridge (with the NRO playing) and three joint concerts with the Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra. Those concerts drew 8,022 people, or an average of 471 people per show.

This year, the NRO added an extra concert, totalling 13 orchestral concerts that attracted 5,698 people. It did not perform any joint concerts, which, in 2002, drew an extra 3,264 people.

So, strictly comparing the 12 NRO concerts in 2002 with the 13 NRO concerts in 2003, the average attendance increased by 10 percent, according to Terese Kaptur, NRO executive director.

“I think we’ve made incredible strides toward more professional and more visible orchestras,” Kaptur said. “People say the NRO’s a right of passage, and getting that concept out both nationally and regionally is our challenge. I think we’ve made great strides in that area.”

For example, violinist Laura Motchalov, who participated in the NRO last summer, became one of the youngest members to join the Pittsburgh Symphony this fall.

“We look forward to expanding our program to bring in a higher caliber of guest conductors, refining our image locally and nationally, and sharing that artistic excellence with the community,” Kaptur said.

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