Musical mystery at NRO’s children’s concert and instrument petting zoo |

Musical mystery at NRO’s children’s concert and instrument petting zoo

After the children's concert, National Repertory Orchestra musicians will hold an instrument petting zoo, where children will get a chance to hold and play real orchestral instruments.
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If you go

What: National Repertory Orchestra’s children’s concert and instrument petting zoo

When: 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 23

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge

Cost: All tickets are $5

More information: Call (970) 453-5825, or visit

On Tuesday, June 23, the National Repertory Orchestra will host a children’s concert and “instrument petting zoo” at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. The program will include an educational musical mystery, a performance by a talented young pianist and an introduction to some fun pieces of classical music.

“Our children’s concert is one of the most important things we perform each year,” said Doug Adams, CEO of the NRO. “It is part of our contribution to the community, the chance to share the joys of classical music with young people who live in or are visiting Summit County.”

The featured piece of the concert is “A Major-Minor Mystery,” an educational musical whodunit by Gregory Smith. Aided by the comical Inspector Beckensteiner, narrated by Brett Ambler, the audience will try to discover the culprit who turned the music from major to minor. In the process, kids will learn about the orchestra and the way music works. In addition to his educational music, Smith’s compositions can be heard on television, in film scores and at theme parks such as Disneyland.

“The orchestra, the conductor and the narrator interact directly with the kids, and that’s really exciting both for us as musicians and for the kids,” said Stefano Sarzani, who will be conducting the concert.

Sarzani has experience in symphonic and operatic repertoire and has worked with orchestras in Europe and across the United States. He has worked actively to create and perform experimental concert formats that remove barriers between performers and the audience.

Third-grader Madison Suh will join the NRO musicians to perform the Andante movement from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major. Suh has been studying piano since the age of 4 and was the featured young pianist with the Littleton Symphony Orchestra in November 2014.

The concert will include two other short and accessible pieces of classical music: Richard Wagner’s Prelude to Act III of “Lohengrin,” and Igor Stravinsky’s Berceuse and Finale from “The Firebird.” Both composers are known for their ability to write dramatic music with intuitive narrative content. Selections from “The Firebird” were famously featured in the Walt Disney musical film “Fantasia 2000.”

After the concert, NRO musicians will hold an instrument petting zoo, where children will get a chance to hold and play real orchestral instruments.

Pediatric Dental Group of Summit County, Vail Resorts Epic Promise and Colorado Mountain Express are the NRO’s sponsors for the children’s concert. The winner of Pediatric Dental Group’s children’s coloring contest will be announced on stage during the concert. For more information, call (970) 453-5825 or visit

Benjamin Paul is the marketing and public relations intern for the National Repertory Orchestra.

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