The how and why of free ticketing for the NRO Fourth of July concert
In response to Harold Anderson’s letter to the editor on June 28, we would like to offer an explanation concerning free ticketing for the National Repertory Orchestra concert on the Fourth of July.The last few years have led us to observe that the comfort, experience and safety of our guests had been compromised.Guests had to line up as early as 6 p.m. to wait for the best seats, wasting hours they could spend enjoying a beautiful national holiday.Some guests unfairly held many seats for friends, even when asked not to do so, which escalated to an actual fistfight over seats and patrons removing musician’s chairs from the stage.We also had a situation where emergency egress would have been rendered almost impossible due to the alarming crowding in the Riverwalk Center tent.In effect, we had many guests who had uncomfortable and disappointing experiences at one of the most meaningful events of the year.We felt it was absolutely necessary to intercede in order to offer every one of our guests the best possible Fourth of July. Breckenridge’s Riverwalk Center Box Office made the decision to require free tickets for amphitheater seating months ago.The new format was publicized in many ways: by giving the information in written form to all ticket purchasers since May 28 when the box office opened, in a Summit Daily News article on June 21, in our summer event brochures, on RSN and on the town of Breckenridge website.On the morning of June 22, the box office opened with a line of patrons out the door to pick up their free Fourth of July tickets. No preference was given to NRO season passholders. We are truly sorry that some guests were not able to obtain amphitheater seating for this year’s concert. The Fourth of July concert is the NRO’s gift to Breckenridge, and the Riverwalk Center lawn and plaza will be free and open as always to offer a fun, festival atmosphere.On this important holiday, let us celebrate living in such an incredible country and let us be reminded that this is a day on which we should be remembering our troops and their families who have given up so much so that we can live like we do and enjoy a beautiful concert in the mountains. The National Repertory Orchestra’s mission is to prepare musicians ages 18-28 for careers with professional orchestras. Through that mission, Breckenridge and everyone who visits receives a summer of incredible classical concerts played by the best young musicians in the country. That’s why we’re here. And that’s why we will continue to provide music for everyone to enjoy.
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