National Repertory Orchestra celebrating start of 55th year |

National Repertory Orchestra celebrating start of 55th year

Musicians return to Breckenridge for the 55th season of the National Repertory Orchestra, which begins Saturday, June 14.
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The National Repertory Orchestra announced the opening of its 55th season, which will run from Saturday, June 14, through Friday, Aug. 1.

After an audition tour to 21 different U.S. schools, universities and conservatories, the talented musicians of this year’s National Repertory Orchestra will be arriving in Breckenridge to play music in the mountains.

The NRO’s 88 artists — chosen from the nearly 900 musicians who auditioned this year — come from all over the world.

During the summer, not only will the NRO perform approximately 17 concerts in eight weeks — roughly what a full-time orchestra would do in nine months — the musicians also will perform numerous smaller outreach concerts throughout Summit County. These will range from the Free Brown Bag Lunch Series at the Backstage Theatre and Music on the Porch at Breckenridge Associates Real Estate to the Founders’ Day Concert at the Frisco Historic Park and Museum.

The NRO’s 88 artists — chosen from the nearly 900 musicians who auditioned this year — come from all over the world.

Musicians will also perform at the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center and Breckenridge Montessori and work with music therapist Deforia Lane to give them experience in the extra-musical aspects of being a professional musician. Through the NRO’s Education and Community Engagement Program, musicians will play an active part in community growth, while also preparing for their future roles in the communities they will serve.

Guest conductors

Back for his 37th season, musical director Carl Topilow and the National Repertory Orchestra will start the summer off with a bang as they present their season opener, “Welcome to the New World.” It will feature Reingold Gliere’s Harp Concerto in E-flat major, performed by NRO harpist Marion Ravot, and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World.” Opening night will take place at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge on Saturday, June 14.

The NRO will also welcome guest conductors William Eddins, Jeffrey Kahane, Andrew Litton and Michael Stern. These talented gentlemen will join Topilow in making this summer an exceptional experience for both the orchestra and the audience. Litton will conduct “Mendelssohn’s Mighty Concerto” along with NRO violinist Steven Tavani on Saturday, June 21. Stern will conduct Bartok’s riveting “Concerto for Orchestra” on Saturday, July 12. Eddins will conduct and play piano when the NRO presents “Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Adams” on Wednesday, July 23, and Kahane will also play piano and conduct the “Beethoven Piano Concerto” on Wednesday, July 30.

Other highlights

Some of the NRO’s other summer highlights include the “Peter and the Wolf” Children’s Concert on Tuesday, June 24. This performance will feature an instrument petting zoo, which will give children a chance to hold and play real instruments. Topilow will conduct “The Planets” on Wednesday, July 2, a cosmic masterpiece that will take the listener on a journey throughout our galaxy. “Topilow Pops” will be back again this season on Friday, July 18; attendees will get to watch Topilow break out his signature clarinet.

“Music of the Silver Screen” on Saturday, July 5, will feature movie music favorites.

For ticket information and purchase, call the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center Box Office at (970) 547-3100. Ticket purchase may also be made online by visiting the National Repertory Orchestra’s website at The NRO would like to thank all of its generous sponsors for their support.

Michelle Lewandowski is the marketing and public relations intern for the National Repertory Orchestra.

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