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The BMF – a year-round affair

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If you thought you had to wait until next summer to hear great music, you were just plain wrong. After a couple of months of rehearsals and preparations, the Breckenridge Music Festival is back for one more season. The first concert of their Winter Series, “Winter Impressions: An Evening of Timeless Melodies and Holiday Favorites,” will take place on Thursday at St. Mary’s Church in Breckenridge.It will feature trombonist Jemmie Robertson, soprano Christine Robertson and local celebrity and pianist Michael Bunchman. “Last year’s holiday concert was a complete success and we wanted to repeat the experience this year,” said Tracy Schwartz, from the Breckenridge Music Festival.

Bunchman, Jemmie Robertson and Christine Robertson also participated in last year’s holiday event.”The first half of the Concert will have a traditional recital feel,” said Christine Robertson. She will sing an excerpt from Mozart’s “Exsultate, Jubilate,” Jemmie Robertson will be doing a trombone solo and Bunchman will play a piece by Debussy on his piano. After that, the Robertsons will share a piece called “Merrie English Love Songs,” based on 16th Century poems. The piece was written specifically for a soprano and a trombone and, according to Christine, “it is a really fun piece.”The second part of the concert will feature a couple of Christmas favorites, including “Let it Snow” and “I’ll be home for Christmas,” and a comic piece called “12 years after Christmas.” They will also do three selected pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach. Apart from the six concerts that the BMF will be presenting this winter, the organization has also put together more than 20 in-school arts education programs, which were made possible thanks to a grant from The Summit Foundation.

These programs include “assembly type classes” at elementary schools and more personalized attention at the high school, “where the children and the musicians can work more on a one-on-one basis,” Schwartz explained. Tickets for Thursday’s concert are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the concert. For tickets, call (970) 453-9142 or email bmi@breckenridgemusicfestival.com.BMF Winter Series’ first concert

• What: “Winter Impressions: An Evening of Timeless Melodies and Holiday Favorites”• Who: Featuring trombonist Jemmie

Robertson, soprano Christine Robertson and pianist Michael Bunchman• Where: St. Mary’s Church in Breckenridge• When: Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m.

• Tickets: $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the concert. For tickets, call (970) 453-9142 or e-mail bmi@breckenridgemusicfestival.com.