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National Repertory Orchestra presents ‘A Night on Broadway’ with Connor O’Brien

The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) presents. “A Night on Broadway” at the Silverthorne Pavilion with tenor Connor O’Brien on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. There will be also be a meet and greet reception on Friday, March 25 from 5–7 p.m. at Mountain Comfort Furnishings with cocktails and appetizers.
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IF YOU GO

What: Free meet-and-greet reception with Connor O’Brien

When: Friday, March 25, 5-7 p.m.

Where: Mountain Comfort Furnishings, 507 Summit Boulevard

Cost: Free cocktails and appetizers

More information: nromusic.com or call (970) 453-5825

IF YOU GO

What: “A Night on Broadway”

When: Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m.

Where: Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway

Cost: $20 advanced tickets, $25 at the door, $5 students $40 family package

More information: nromusic.com or call (970) 453-5825

The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) presents tenor Connor O’Brien for a performance on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. “A Night on Broadway” at the Silverthorne Pavilion will showcase the talents of the performer, who was also a guest soloist for the NRO’s 2015 “Topilow Pops” concert. O’Brien will be performing Broadway pieces including some from “West Side Story,” “Les Miserables” and “Phantom of the Opera.” There will also be a meet-and-greet reception on Friday, March 25 from 5–7 p.m. at Mountain Comfort Furnishings with cocktails and appetizers.

The multi-talented performer started as a violinist at the age of 5 before moving on to study vocal performance and opera at Eastman School of Music in New York. He now tours around the world as a professional performer, and has had leading roles in the theater.

O’Brien has been a featured soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Rochester Philharmonic, The Akron Symphony, The Cleveland Pops, the Firelands Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra. He starred on The History Channel’s “Shifting Gears,” has served as executive music supervisor and composer to The Discovery Channel for their series, “The Kustomizer.” He is also a songwriter and has had several of his original songs featured on such as ABC’s “Days of Our Lives” and MTV’s, “The Hills.”

Connor will be accompanied on the piano by Travis Yamamoto.

The advance ticket price is $20; $25 at the door. To purchase tickets call the NRO office at (970) 453-5825 or online by visiting its website at nromusic.com.

Summit Daily News: You have a very diverse background in music and performance, what would you say is the highlight of your career?

Connor O’Brien: Lots of highlights I can think of. I would have to split them into different parts of my career. For my rock background it was probably having the chance to be the opening act onstage for Mariah Carey, as well as several other great acts like Hall and Oates, Edwin McCain, Ashlee Simpson, Chicago and even singing harmonies to “Jessie’s Girl” with Rick Springfield in front of thousands of fans. For classical, definitely my acceptance into the Eastman School of Music, which is incredibly difficult to get into, and features many current NRO Orchestra members as well.

SDN: What is your first memory of absolutely knowing you wanted to be a performer?

CB: I grew up as a classical violinist from the age of 5, but it wasn’t until my first performance in public as a vocalist that it really clicked. It was in the eighth grade at a school concert when my music teacher heard me singing and asked me to learn a very difficult version of “Ave Maria” completely in Latin and several pages long — daunting to say the least. But a few weeks later there I was, boy soprano, performing for parents and classmates. When they jumped to their feet after the last note, I thought, “Could I actually make this my job? I’d like to make this my job.” And now I spend my life traveling the world performing. It’s a real dream come true.

SDN: Tell us a little about your role in “A Night on Broadway.”

CB: I was so fortunate to be invited to Breckenridge last summer by my good friend and mentor Carl Topilow to perform with him and the NRO Orchestra. Carl and I regularly perform together in our hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and we wanted to bring that energy to Colorado. I had such a wonderful time, and the reviews were so positive that I was asked back twice this season by the Orchestra management. Beginning with my solo performance of “A Night On Broadway” next week. I’m doing several songs from huge Broadway shows, both popular and under the radar. … I have special guests and songs for every type of musical fan.

SDN: What inspires you?

CB: Lots of topics outside of music actually, but in regards to my art, probably those who have a real passion for it, and who never gave up. You would be amazed the amount of incredible performers who couldn’t handle the constant rejection of this career and who left too soon. To those who stuck it out, and never stopped perusing their artistic dreams, I find that very inspiring when success finally arrives.

SDN: What are your future goals for your career?

CB: I currently split my time between performing for Chinese audiences exclusively in Asia (my entire show is in Mandarin actually) and Pops orchestras throughout the United States. My future goal is to perform with more and more symphonies as there is nothing quite like it. I am off to a good start with performances this year in Breckenridge, Durango, Houston, New Haven, Cleveland and more and cannot wait to add more. I have to admit though, the NRO has a special place in my heart as the orchestra and organization that kicked it into gear and continues to inspire me each time I’m here.

SDN: What advice would you give to aspiring performers?

CB: Don’t give up. Prepare for rejection and don’t let it phase you, we all experience it. Be original, expand your area of expertise and be willing to perform different genres. You never know which may lead to a promising career.


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