NRO Winter Classics concert Thursday |

NRO Winter Classics concert Thursday

LESLIE BREFELDsummit daily news

DILLON – The National Repertory Orchestra kicks off its 2006 season with two events in March before the season gets into full swing in June. The Winter Classics Chamber Concert Thursday features NRO alums Janet Harriman on harp and Karen Becker on piano, and Julie Thorton on flute. The performance will include several works by French composers and begins at 7 p.m. at the Lord of the Mountains Church in Dillon.An event to appease the senses is March 30 at the Breckenridge Fine Art Gallery. Watch local artist Jerry Georgeff paint – an auction later will include a piece he has donated – while harpist Harriman provides some easy listening and jazz background music. Taste Rado restaurant’s appetizers and wine from 6-9 p.m. Musician auditions for the 2006 season are complete as the NRO and conductor Carl Topilow look toward another full schedule of summer performances.The nonprofit organization’s mission is to prepare young musicians ages 18-28 for seats in professional orchestras in the United States and abroad.”The nice thing about the National Repertory Orchestra is the programming includes all the big works for almost all instruments,” Harriman said. “The repertory they do is massive.”Harriman attended the National Repertory Orchestra as a student musician in 1987, its first year in Summit County. She said after her summer with the organization, she won her next audition out.”Everything on the audition list for the harp for the New World Symphony, we had done that summer with the National Repertory Orchestra,” she said.Tickets to Thursday’s Winter Classics Chamber Concert are $25 or $50 for premium tickets, which include dinner at Ristorante al Lago at 5 p.m.The art experience on Thursday, March 30, is a fundraiser for NRO musicians and tickets are $25 per person.Call (970) 453-5825 or visit for tickets or more information.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13622, or Classics Chamber ConcertWhat: National Repertory Orchestra kickoff eventWhere: Lord of the Mountains Church in DillonWhen: Thursday at 7 p.m.Tickets: $25 or $50 includes dinner at Ristorante al Lago at 5 p.m. (970) 453-5825 or http://www.nromusic.comFeatured musicians- Flutist Julie Thorton joined the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 1997 and has performed extensively with the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Houston Symphony.- 1987 NRO member Janet Harriman, member of the NRO, currently plays the harp with the Central City Opera Orchestra and freelances as both soloist and chamber musician in the Colorado region. – Karen Becker, who performed in the NRO in the ’90s, has played piano for the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Symphony Chorus, Colorado Children’s Chorale and Central City Opera. She recently returned to Summit County to act as music director at the Lake Dillon Theatre.

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