NRO’s Carl Topilow will stay through 2012 |

NRO’s Carl Topilow will stay through 2012

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BRECKENRIDGE ” Reginald Gray, President of the National Repertory Orchestra Board of Directors, announced recently that the NRO and music director Carl Topilow have reached an agreement extending Maestro Topilow’s tenure through 2012.

“Our future musicians and audiences are fortunate that Carl will continue to teach, conduct and perform in Colorado,” Gray said.

This summer marks Topilow’s 30th year as music director and conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra. Prior to becoming music director in 1978, he had been NRO asssistant conductor for four years. During Topilow’s tenure the NRO has achieved national recognition through its summer season offerings and international recognition through performances at events such as the Seoul Olympics.

In addition to his duties with the NRO, Topilow is also music director of the Cleveland Pops and conductor and director of the Orchestra Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a guest conductor, Topilow appears worldwide.

Among his appearances this season are the Janacek Philharmonic (in the Czech Republic), the Calgary and Winnipeg symphony orchestras (in Canada), and numerous orchestras in the U.S.

DENVER ” The National Repertory Orchestra has been delighting audiences for 47 years and will host its annual fundraising Summer Gala on Saturday, June 23, at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Seawell Ballroom at 6 p.m.

The event offers a night of outstanding cuisine, live auction items and a concert by the National Repertory Orchestra. Grammy award-winner Lee Greenwood will make a special appearance. Following the concert, dance the night away to this 85-piece orchestra.

Suzy Witzler and Sharon Magness Blake co-chair this year’s black-tie event.

The NRO’s primary mission is to train young musicians aged 18-28 for seats in symphonic orchestras throughout the world.

A Colorado 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, the NRO relies on the generosity of individuals and corporations. Tickets for the event are $175 for individuals. Patron tables are $1,750 and corporate tables are $2,500.

All proceeds from the Gala will fund the National Repertory Orchestra.

Seating is limited to this event. For information and reservations, contact Pam Aten at (303) 408-7002 or

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