NRO to host free community concert Wed. in Breckenridge |

NRO to host free community concert Wed. in Breckenridge

Claire Higgins
Summit Daily News
Daily file photo Maestro Carl Topilow leads the NRO in a free concert Wednesday evening.

The National Repertory Orchestra is continuing the summer season with its first free community concert Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. The orchestra, conducted by Maestro Carl Topilow, will feature orchestra classics including “Bolero” and “An American in Paris.”

“This is a really exciting opportunity for the NRO; we want to be able to get as much of the community involved as possible, especially since they have given us so much support. I hope to see many new faces at this concert,” said Julie Chandler, director of marketing and development for the NRO.

The night will open with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.” This piece was featured in the 2003 film “Master and Commander” starring Russell Crowe. Williams’ composition is also heard in the post-crucifixion music of John Debney’s score to the 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ.”

Other repertoire selected for the concert is Robert Schumann’s “Concertpiece for Four Horns and Orchestra” – featuring Joshua Cote, Jennifer Ney, Kathryn Petrarulo, and Ian Petruzzi on horns – and “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel.

The closing piece, “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin, is a symphonic tone poem written in 1928. It was inspired by the time Gershwin spent in Paris, and evokes the sights and energy of the French capital in the 1920s. It is one of Gershwin’s best-known compositions.

In 1951, the music inspired the MGM Studios major motion picture “An American in Paris” starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.

Douglas Adams, excutive director of the National Repertory Orchestra, is excited about the first-time event.

“We have picked out repertoire that we know everyone will enjoy. This community has been incredibly supportive of the NRO, and we are eager to be able to give back through this community event,” he said.

For more information about Wednesday’s show, visit or call (970) 453-5825.

What: National Repertory Orchestra free community concert

When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge

More info: Free to the community, or (970) 453-5825

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