Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Dzubay in Breckenridge

Amy Skjerseth
Special to the Daily

Photo: National Repertory Orchestra

The National Repertory Orchestra will perform the music of Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Dzubay with conductor Carl Topilow on Saturday, June 22, at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.

The opening piece of the concert will be “Shadow Dance,” by David Dzubay. Dzubay was actually co-principal trumpet of the National Repertory Orchestra in 1988 and 1989 and, as a composer, has had his works performed by orchestras around the world. The NRO is proud to present this nine-minute work, which was written in 2006 and “evokes music of the 12th century with a decidedly modern take,” said Douglas Adams, CEO of the National Repertory Orchestra.

Following “Shadow Dance,” the NRO will play the “Theme and Variations” movement from Piotr Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 in G Major. Tchaikovsky is one of the best-loved Russian composers; his ballets, operas, symphonies and concertos are easily recognizable by their popular themes and brilliant orchestrations.

Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 in G Major was originally conceived as a symphony; it has four movements, as a symphony does, but the fourth movement of the suite, “Theme and Variations,” is longer than the other three movements combined. Thus, the movement will be played as a stand-alone piece in this concert. Tchaikovsky’s Theme and Variations from his Suite No. 3 will leave the audience humming its lush themes.

The final piece of this concert is Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C Major. Schumann, a versatile but troubled composer, is best known for his piano works and songs. He composed four symphonies, the second of which “was composed during a period when Schumann was deeply depressed,” Adams said.

Yet, the symphony is filled with joyful moments that filter through the darker ones, reflecting the turbulence in his mind. The piece concludes with a heroic finale, which includes an optimistic recap of the opening brass fanfare that provides the theme for the entire work.

This concert is sponsored by Fatty’s Pizzeria, Ski Village Resorts and Jana Edwards & Rick Poppe.

Amy Skjerseth is the marketing and public relations intern with the National Repertory Orchestra.

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