National Repertory Orchestra presents Season Finale Concert in Breckenridge
IF YOU GO
What: The NRO Presents Season Finale!
Program: Richard Strauss: “Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59”; Moritz Moszkowski: “Suite for Two Violins and Orchestra”; Dmitri Shostakovich: “Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10”
When: Friday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W Adams Ave., Breckenridge
Cost: $25-$40, $7/youth 18 & under
More Information: 970-453-5825 or online at nromusic.com
The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) will present its Season Finale Concert featuring Strauss’s beloved “Der Rosenkavalier Suite” and the revolutionary Symphony No. 1 by Shostakovich on Friday, July 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center.
After a slue of scandalous works, audiences breathed a sigh of relief at Strauss’s opera, “Der Rosenkavalier.” Compared to Mozart’s great masterpiece “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Der Rosenkavalier” was an instant success and described as one of the great events in operatic history.
The orchestral suite was born out of the opera’s immense success. It opens with an exultant horn call followed by one of the greatest waltzes in operatic repertoire. The trio is tender and moving, and was performed at Strauss’s own memorial service. Celebratory and sentimental, “Der Rosenkavalier” serves as the perfect piece to open NRO’s final concert.
The brilliant “Suite for Two Violins” by German composer Moritz Moszkowski is a show-stopping duet featuring NRO violinists Melissa Deal and Stephanie Pak. Deal studies violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Pak is pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of Southern California.
Moszkowski was quite popular in the late 19th century, mostly known for his piano works. The “Suite for Two Violins,” however, was an immediate success with critics and audience members alike. With rich, intertwining harmonies and a dramatic flare, his “Suite” is a compelling showpiece deserving of more recognition than it receives today.
Friday’s concert concludes with the masterful “First Symphony” by Dmitri Shostakovich. Written as his graduate thesis at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, the “First Symphony” launched the young composer to international acclaim.
Today, Shostakovich possesses one of the most unique and easily recognizable voices of the 20th century. The “First Symphony” contains the composer’s trademark dark humor and biting sarcasm, while paying homage to those he admired including Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Prokofiev.
From razor sharp textures to whirling lyricism, this work is abundant with bold contrasts and colorful orchestration. Shostakovich had not yet reached his most bitter point with Soviet Russia and the “First Symphony,” although unapologetically sarcastic, is also rich with brilliant romanticism.
The NRO would like to extend its sincerest thanks to the sponsors for this concert: Vonderheid & Associates, P.C. and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, as well as to everyone who has supported the NRO this summer and over the years.
Bailey Salinero is a marketing intern with NRO.
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