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Sounds of chamber music to fill the mountain air

Special to the DailyHarpist Janet Harriman will perform at the National Repertory Orchestra's winter concert Thursday at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon.
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DILLON – The sweet sounds of the piano, violin, cello, harp, tympani, marimba and vibraphone will merge together to celebrate the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) program Thursday. NRO alumni as well as fellow Colorado musicians will present a chamber music concert at the Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon at 7:30 p.m.

The program starts with music by composer Bill Hill, a 1977 NRO alum and principal timpanist with the Colorado Symphony who wrote “Three Tangos for Two Violins and Harp” and “Visions in Abstract Relativity,” an improv for two percussionists. It continues with Emile Deltour’s “Concerto in Jazz for Harp and Piano” and ends with “Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87” by Johannes Brahms.The Symphony Orchestra, including composer and tympanist William Hill, marimba and vibraphone player John Kinzie, violinists Dave Waldman and Karen Kinzie, cellist Cedra Kuehn and harpist Janet Harriman, will fuse their exclusive styles to create a delightful presentation of chamber music.

For those curious about chamber music, it has been a significant form of musical expression since the 18th century. Because of its intimate nature, chamber music has often been the most revealing works created by composers. Other times it has been a workshop for creative experimentation. Chamber music has often been the source of new musical ideas and attitudes, according to the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society website. Pianist Karen Becker arranged the program for the evening, and concertgoers can enjoy original compositions by NRO alum William Hill in the first half of the program and a Brahms trio for violin, cello, and piano, among other works for the second half.



“This will be a really neat program since it features NRO alumnis from the ’70s through the ’90s,” Becker said. “It really shows the breadth and expanse of the program.” The mission of the NRO is to provide a professional orchestral experience for young musicians through an intense eight-week internship, and to help preserve and perpetuate the quality of symphonic music in America by assisting musicians’ transition into professional orchestral positions. For those selected from the auditions, the NRO provides a tuition-free, intense, orchestral internship that combines performance of an extensive repertoire with coaching, master classes and career development instruction. The organization has always been made up of mainly music majors wanting to spend their summers in the mountains to participate in the festival, according to Harriman.


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