NRO plays grand finale |

NRO plays grand finale

Kimberly Nicoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – After eight weeks of learning, rehearsing and performing new pieces every three days, the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) celebrates its summer in Breckenridge with a season finale concert Saturday.

The performance, at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center, features Michael Torke’s “Javelin,” Serge Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Richard Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben.”

It highlights pianist Amanda Roggero playing “Piano Concerto No. 1.” Prokofiev composed the piece at age 20 while he studied in Moscow.

“It has everything that’s so characteristic about Prokofiev – flamboyant character, rhythmic intensity, beautiful lyrical melodies and then the playful characters as well,” Roggero said. “It’s contemporary. It’s definitely not the classical style. I think it communicates to the audience because of its intensity, rhythm and character.”

Her grandmother taught her to play piano when she was 6, and she fully committed herself to music as a teen-ager when her parents bought her a grand piano.

“It’s been a constant in my life, which is different because my father’s in the military, and we moved around a lot,” she said. “Music has been a steadfast throughout every move.”

She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and hopes to teach advanced students at a university and perform as much as possible.

The season finale also features Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben,” an expressive tone poem calling for an enormous orchestra, including five trumpets, quadruple woodwinds, eight horns and a robust foundation of strings and percussion.

The 1994 Atlanta Olympic Committee commissioned “Javelin” by Torke, who blends energetic and melodic elements in a contemporary fashion.

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

Chamber series features Mendelssohn

The fifth annual Music from the Summit chamber music series features OPUS 3 performing the music of Mendelssohn, including a performance of the unpublished manuscript from the private collection of Max and Edna Dercum at 5:45 p.m. Sunday at the Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon. The concert is free and presented by the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts. For information, call (970) 468-0525.

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