NRO gets a little wild |

NRO gets a little wild

Kimberly NIcoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – The young musicians in the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) are getting a little wild this week.

The performances begin Saturday with the music of Leonore, a fiery heroine who disguises herself as a man to work at a prison where her husband was unjustly incarcerated. “Leonore Overture No. 3” is a piece from Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio.”

The performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Park Lane Pavilion in Keystone include pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi and his wife, Emanuela Friscioni, playing “Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra,” one of Francis Poulenc’s key works, influenced by the popular music of 1932.

Sunday’s performance features Pompa-Baldi playing Liszt’s “Totentanz.” Both weekend performances capture the beauty of four Roman fountains with Ottorino Respighi’s symphonic poem, “The Fountains of Rome.”

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, six soloists ignite the Riverwalk Center in a frenzy of gypsy dance music. Violinists Elizabeth Coulter and Alissa Hendrickson begin the chamber concert with J.S. Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra.”

“It’s a Baroque piece,” Coulter said. “The two outer movements are lively, and the middle one is really beautiful and slow.”

Harpist Yinuo Mu performs “Introduction and Allegro” by Maurice Ravel.

“It’s a very romantic version of Impressionism,” Mu said. “The sound is really lush.”

David Fallo and Jonathan Mueller draw out the subtle dialogue development with their violas in Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 6.”

“The music itself is set up as a conversation between the two violas,” Fallo said. “It’s a bright piece. It moves pretty fast. It’s repeating the same themes, but it’s also developing them. There are subtle nuisances that keep it changing. The second movement is probably one of the most beautiful pieces written for the viola.”

Violinist Desiree Cedeno-Suarez finishes the frenzy with Pablo de Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweisen,” which means “gypsy airs.”

“It starts out with a slow, somewhat lyric beginning, and the end finishes in a flurry,” Cedeno-Suarez said. “It just keeps escalating … the end is like a wild gypsy dance.”

Tickets are $17, $22 and $27 and may be purchased by calling (970) 547-3100.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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