NRO alumni reunite for ensemble concert |

NRO alumni reunite for ensemble concert

Three University of Colorado at Boulder students and one Juilliard student present an ensemble concert March 12, as part of the National Repertory Orchestra’s alumni showcase.

Alumnus Joel Schut will conduct 15 members of the University of Colorado Chamber Orchestra, in addition to performing with NRO alumni Kahyee Lee, Veronica Pigeon and Grace Browning.

Browning, a harpist from The Juilliard School, will perform a solo piece, as well as Marcel Grandjany’s “Aria in Classic Style,” a newer work composed in traditional form.

Lee and Schut will perform Bach’s “Double Concerto for Two Violins,” an “exciting piece … that provides a great collaboration opportunity,” Schut said.

Pigeon will deliver “Meditation” by Thais, a “beautiful solo violin melody that soars above the orchestra,” Schut said.

“They’re all good friends of mine,” he said. “There’s been a strong connection between the NRO and CU with alumni and current CU students.”

Schut participated in the NRO in 2010 and 2009. He won the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s Albert A. Stanley medal, the school’s highest honor. Since graduating from there, he moved to Boulder to pursue a master’s degree in orchestral conducting. His goal includes using his love for conducting, performing and teaching to “enrich lives and communities through music.”

“We’re excited to give back to the community,” Schut said. “All of us are very grateful for the opportunity of the NRO. It’s a fun way to say ‘thank you.'”

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