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NRO gives thanks, musically, with Sunday concert

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Nonprofits like the National Repertory Orchestra depend on volunteers and corporate sponsors to present a full-fledged summer music festival, which involves housing 90 young musicians for about two months. And, so, the NRO dedicates its Sunday concert to these musical angels.

“The NRO is truly blessed by our faithful volunteers and sponsors,” said Julie Chandler, NRO director of development. “Although our volunteers and sponsors feel that the rewards for being involved with the NRO are priceless, we like to dedicate one special concert every summer to show them how much we appreciate them.”

The concert showcases major orchestral works that will not only test the performers’ individual virtuosity, but also will challenge the musicians to play cohesively in order to fully project the nuances of these Romantic period giants, according to NRO organizers. Musicians will present “Don Juan” by Richard Strauss, “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung” by Richard Wagner, excerpts from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Felix Mendelssohn, and Pablo de Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweise.”

Sunday’s concert features special guest – and former NRO Conductors Competition winner – Mark Russell Smith. Since graduating from the Juilliard School in cello performance and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he won the Conductors Competition, he has built a reputation for his innovative and approachable programming, as well as his ability to help professional orchestras grow. As a result, he is a sought-after guest conductor, which has led him to perform with ensembles nationwide, and even as far as Serbia.

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