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"Happy Birthday Mr. Rodgers’ beats Broadway

Kimberly Nicoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – What beats a night on Broadway? “Happy Birthday Mr. Rodgers,” a musical tribute to the most well-known and beloved showtunes of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Today’s Breckenridge Music Institute (BMI) concert features favorite tunes from shows such as “Oklahoma,” “Carousel,” “The King and I” and “The Sound of Music” at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center. Then, at 3 p.m. Sunday, the BMI performs a choral concert at the Riverwalk Center.

“Happy Birthday Mr. Rodgers’

“It should be a very wonderful, family evening,” soprano vocalist Jacquelyn Culpepper said. “It’s music everybody knows and everybody loves – that this whole generation has grown up hearing. It’s classic, American theater.”

The concert blends the best of Broadway with the expansive sounds of an orchestra.

“People don’t usually hear these things with an orchestra,” Culpepper said. “It’s probably an even more lush arrangement than you hear on Broadway. It brings sounds, colors – the thickness and the lushness – that you can only get with an orchestra.”

Culpepper has been a guest artist in more than 65 roles in opera and oratorio with orchestras including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Charlotte, Columbus and North Carolina symphonies.

She joins soloists Margaret Bragle, Bradley Howard and Dan Boye. Bragle is rapidly establishing herself as one of America’s leading young mezzo sopranos with her wide repertoire from baroque to the 21st century. Howard’s career spans classical and modern choral works, solo recitals and opera roles. Bass baritone Boye has been featured as an operatic and musical theater performer and an oratorio soloist.

Maestro Gerhardt Zimmerman may even invite children, and adults, to sing a few notes of “Do-Re-Me” with the professional singers.

BMI Choral Concert

Six choirs join the BMI Orchestra, Culpepper and Boye to perform an expansive version of Faure’s “Requiem” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 4” Sunday.

“(These pieces) are also very familiar,” Culpepper said. “More advanced church choirs have done “Requiem.’ Even though it’s a requiem, it’s a very appealing program. It’s very accessible for an audience.”

“It’s a bigger production than people are used to of Faure’s “Requiem” that has been done in their church. Even if they’re familiar with it, it becomes a deeper and richer experience because of the collaborative forces of the orchestra, choirs and professional soloists,” she said.

Members of the Summit Choral Society, the Cantable Singers from Boulder, the Colorado Chorale from Denver, the Larimer Chorale, the Colorado Mormon Chorale and the Cherry Creek Chorale will perform with Culpepper and Boye.

Tickets for each concert are $17, $22 and $27 and may be purchased by calling (970) 547-3100.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

BMI presents “Viva Italia!’

The Breckenridge Music Festival is pleased to present a BMI Concert, “Viva Italia!” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.

Gerhardt Zimmerman will be conducting, and violinists Jeremy and Sara Mastrangelo will be soloists. The evening’s program will include Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 4 Italian.”

BMI violinist Jeremy Mastrangelo is currently associate concertmaster of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. He was top prize-winner of the 1999 National Federation of Music Club Auditions and was a finalist in the 1994 Julius Stulberg competition.

Sara Mastrangelo began her musical studies at age 3 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has since performed throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, working with such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Seiji Ozawa and Michael Tilson-Thomas. An active chamber and orchestral musician as well as teacher, she currently holds positions with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and at Hamilton College in upstate New York.

Tickets are $17, $22 and $27 and may be purchased by calling (970) 547-3100.

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