National Repertory Orchestra plays ‘Topilow Pops’ in Breckenridge |

National Repertory Orchestra plays ‘Topilow Pops’ in Breckenridge

Amy Skjerseth
Special to the Daily
The National Repertory Orchestra stands after the Saturday, July 6, "Hollywood Classics" concert. The full orchestra will play songs ranging from Broadway to Disney at its annual pops concert on Friday, July 19.
John O Connor / National Repertory Orchestra |

The Breckenridge-based National Repertory Orchestra will hold its popular annual pops concert, “Topilow Pops,” featuring soprano Margo Watson, on Friday, July 19, at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center.

Each year, the National Repertory Orchestra’s “Topilow Pops” concert is one of the audience’s favorite concerts; children and adults alike will enjoy music from Broadway musicals, The Beatles and recent Disney films such as “Enchanted.”

“Carl Topilow has crafted a program which moves from classical pops (Pachelbel’s ‘Canon,’ considered to be one of the most beautiful pieces of music in the history in mankind) to music from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’” said Douglas Adams, CEO of the National Repertory Orchestra.

Watson will sing several works from the Broadway masters, including Meredith Wilson (“76 Trombones” from “The Music Man”), Rodgers and Hammerstein (“The King and I” medley) and Frederick Lowe (“I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady”). The Salt Lake Tribune reviewed, “Few sopranos can match Margo Watson’s range of expression and vocal talent. … With her clean, pristine … yet lyrical and supple voice, she can do it all — from Baroque to Gershwin — and she does it magnificently.”

Watson easily moves between concert and theater halls, having appeared as the featured soloist with numerous orchestras. Some of Watson’s favorite highlights include “A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber,” “Irving Berlin Classics,” “A Jellicle Night — Cats in Concert,” “Mary Poppins — In Concert,” “A Salute to Gershwin,” “Broadway’s Best” and “An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan.” Watson has also performed numerous times with the Utah Symphony in concerts as soloist in “Messiah,” the music of Lerner and Lowe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein and classic Viennese favorites.

Another feature of this concert is “Pops Hoedown,” arranged by Richard Haymann and showcasing Mia Orosco on the violin. One of the youngest musicians in the National Repertory Orchestra, Orosco, from Lorena, Texas, recently completed her freshman year in violin performance at Baylor University. In addition to three years in the Texas All-State Orchestra, Orosco was featured on the radio program “From the Top” and won the 2012 National Fiddling Championship, becoming the youngest female ever to do so. Orosco is studying with Dr. Gogichashvili at Baylor, teaching for the Central Texas String Academy and performing with the Waco Symphony.

Watson and Orosco will not be the only soloists featured at this concert; maestro Carl Topilow will play a solo performance, as well, but from the podium.

“Carl shows his clarinet virtuosity with Jerry Herman’s “Italian Medley.” Herman composed the scores for the hit Broadway musicals ‘Hello, Dolly!,’ ‘Mame’ and ‘La Cage aux Folles,’” Adams said.

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