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National Repertory Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’ in Breckenridge

Bailey Salinero
Special to the Daily
The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) presents “Suite from Swan Lake” on Sunday, July 17 at 11 a.m. in the Riverwalk Center.
Special to the Daily |


What: The NRO Presents Brahms & Tchaikovsky

Program: Johannes Brahms: “Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80”; Claude Debussy: “Première Rhapsodie”; Henri Tomasi: “Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra”; Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: “Suite from Swan Lake, Op. 20a”

When: Sunday, July 17, 11 a.m.

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

Cost: $25-$40, $7 for youth 18 & under

More Information: (970) 453-5825 or online at

The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) presents one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest ballet scores, “Suite from Swan Lake” on Sunday, July 17 at 11 a.m. in the Riverwalk Center. This program will also showcase the winners of this year’s Concerto Competition, clarinetists Jaewon Kim and Christina Mateo-Saez.

Brahms’ exuberant “Academic Festival Overture” opens Sunday’s concert. Described by the composer as “a very boisterous potpourri of student songs,” the overture is more festive than academic in nature. It is inspired by student beer-hall tunes, and is joyfully rambunctious throughout.

Brahms premiered the raucous overture at a ceremony where he was bestowed an honorary doctorate from the University of Breslau. The comic contrast between the beer-hall selections and the academic event may have inspired the name “Academic Festival Overture.” This work remains one of Brahms’ most frequently performed compositions.

This year’s NRO Concerto Competition yielded two talented winners, clarinetists Jaewon Kim and Christina Mateo-Saez. Kim is from South Korea and holds degrees from the Glenn Gould School and Cleveland Institute of Music. He will be performing Debussy’s “Première Rhapsodie.”

Mateo-Saez hails from Spain and currently attends the Colburn School in Los Angeles. She has soloed with numerous orchestras and placed in several competitions, including second prize in the International Clarinet Association 2015 Competition. Mateo-Saez will perform Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by Henri Tomasi.

To conclude Sunday’s concert, the NRO will perform one of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved and well-known works, “Suite from Swan Lake.” Tchaikovsky gained popularity for his vibrant ballet scores, including “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

“Swan Lake” marked a turning point in ballet music. No longer purely incidental, Tchaikovsky’s scores were equally suited for the concert hall.

Although criticized at its premiere for poor costuming, choreography and an inept conductor, the suite became immensely popular after Tchaikovsky’s death. Its colorful orchestration and beautiful melodies earned it a permanent spot in history’s most treasured ballet repertoire.

Assistant conductor John Macfarlane will lead the NRO in Sunday’s program. Macfarlane is an accomplished violinist having performed with the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and St. Louis Symphony. He is currently assistant principal second violinist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. As a conductor, Macfarlane has been featured on multiple live radio broadcasts in Chicago and works as assistant conductor for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

Bailey Salinero is a marketing intern with the NRO. The NRO would like to thank its sponsors for this concert: Wyndham Vacation Rentals and Janice Ward Parrish.

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