2014 Season Photos

NRO-logoThank you for your support of the National Repertory Orchestra and thank you to all who made the 2014 summer season the best yet!  Relive the memories by viewing the photo gallery below…

2014 A Season To Remember

Final Week of the Season

kahane4_printThe 2014 National Repertory Orchestra season is about to end with a bang!  Be sure to catch at least one of the last two performances.






“Beethoven Piano Concerto
Wednesday, July 30th, 7:30pm - Breck Riverwalk Center

The National Repertory Orchestra is proud to bring you our fourth and final guest conductor of the season, Jeffrey Kahane.  Mr. Kahane will not only conduct two great pieces (“Piano Concerto No. 4″ by Beethoven and “Symphony No. 1″ by Mahler), but he will also perform the piano solo during the first half of the concert.
Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, he has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of a diverse repertoire.  Currently in his 17th season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Kahane concluded his tenure as Music Director of the Colorado Symphony in 2010.

“Pictures at an Exhibition” – Season Finale!
Friday, August 1st, 7:30pm - Breck Riverwalk Center

For this final performance of the season, The National     Repertory Orchestra ignites the stage with two epic arrangements.  First, “Don Quixote, Opus 35 - Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character” by Richard Strauss is presented in three parts: an introduction, the theme and variations, and the finale.  The character of Don Quixote is principally the cello, played by Sean Hawthorne, and Sancho Panza is presented as the viola later in the piece, soloed by Nicole Christian.
The evening will conclude with a dramatic and powerful ten part performance of “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky.

Own This Painting Today

LR5141-AutumnConfetti-30x20_largeFor the third straight year, Lelija Roy, with the Art on a Whim Gallery, is auctioning off a piece for the National Repertory Orchestra.  All of the proceeds of the winning auction bid will go directly to the NRO.

Silent Auction Piece: “Autumn Confetti” by Lelija Roy – 30X20 painting retail price $1,500.00.

Bidding is easy and free and you’ll never be spammed by the auction site.  The auction is live online until 6:30 pm MST on July 27th.  Follow this link to the online auction site and bid on this painting today! BID HERE

Only 2 Weeks Left in NRO Season!

William EddinsIt’s hard to believe that we only have four concerts left in our 2014 season.  Don’t miss your opportunity to see this incredibly talented group of young musicians!  The last concert, August 1st, will be here before you know it.


“Mozart, Tchaikovsky & AdamsWednesday, July 23rd, 7:30pm - Breck Riverwalk Center

Guest Conductor, William Eddins will join the National Repertory Orchestra to bring you a wonderful evening of classical music.
Mr. Eddins is an accomplished pianist and chamber musician, and is currently the Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Alberta, Canada.  He regularly play-conducts from the piano, as will be the case during this concert’s performance of Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 17″.

NRO and BMF Joint Concert
Saturday, July 26th, 7:30pm - Breck Riverwalk Center

The National Repertory Orchestra and the Breckenridge Music Festival join forces each year for an exciting evening of collaboration and fun.  Carl Topilow, NRO Music Director, will start the evening with “Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis”, a piece by Williams that is set for two string orchestras, mimicking the two choirs used in the church music of that time.  Then Maestro Topilow will lead the joint orchestras through Ravel’s “Rapsodie Espagnole”.
The second part of the show will be conducted by Gerhardt Zimmerman, BMF Music Director.  Maestro Zimmerman has chosen Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben” (A Hero’s Life), a huge tone poem that is very demanding of the orchestra.

Topilow Pops and Much More

Pops Concert - Jennifer DeDominici and Dan Fosha PINKThis week the National Repertory Orchestra has something for everyone!  “Topilow Pops” is always a crowd pleaser and sells out quickly.  Assistant Conductor, Andres Lopera, takes the baton for two standard classical concerts, one of which features 8 soloists.  And don’t forget about our 3 FREE Community Outreach events.  What a week!





“Classical Symphony Plus Mozart
Wednesday, July 16th, 7:30pm - Breck Riverwalk Center

You’ll hear music by Mozart, Ravel, Martin and Prokofiev and you’ll be treated to eight different soloists.  Yu (Dean) Zhang will perform a great Mozart piano concerto, “Piano Concerto in C minor No. 24, K. 491″.   
In the second half of the concert, Martin’s “Concerto for 7 Winds and Orchestra” will feature Lauren Williams (oboe), Lauren Osaka (flute), Joseph Hudson (trombone), David Young (bassoon), David Raschella (horn), Dominic Favia (trumpet), and Robert Walker (clarinet).
“Topilow Pops”
Pink Concert in Support of the Shaw Breast Center & Cancer Clinic
Live Radio Broadcast on Krystal 93
Friday, July 18th, 7:30pm – Breck Riverwalk Center
Vocalists Jennifer DeDominici and Dan Fosha join Maestro Topilow and the NRO to perform pop classics that you’re sure to recognize and love.  Songs from musical theatre and movies will be enjoyed by all in attendance and to those listening to the Live Radio Broadcast on Krystal 93.

This year “Topilow Pops” has gone pink in support of the Shaw Breast Center & Cancer Clinic, located at 323 W. Main Street in Frisco.  After serving Summit County residents for nearly 15 years, Shaw Regional Cancer Center is excited to announce the opening of the only breast center in Summit County to offer       3D mammography.  Their top physicians and experts are available for convenient treatments and consultations in a brand new, private setting.  The American Cancer Society recommends women start annual mammography at age 40 – schedule one today by calling 970-668-6400.

Brahms and More
Sunday, July 20th, 11:00am - Breck Riverwalk Center

Andres Lopera, May 2012Assistant Conductor, Andres Lopera takes the stage again to bring you two pieces by Brahms “Symphony No. 1″ and “Hungarian Dance No. 1″.
This performance will not have an intermission and will Jeffrey Girtonfeature NRO’s Concerto Competition winner, Jeffrey Girton (violin). 

Repertoire and Program Notes 



Free Community Outreach Events

IMG_6510Each year the National Repertory Orchestra performs free community outreach concerts.  The following is a list of this year’s events that are open to the public:

2014 Outreach Event Calendar: *Music in the Foyer at the Breckenridge Recreation Center (880 Airport Rd., Breckenridge) on Tuesdays, June 17th and July 15th from 4:30pm till 5:30pm
*Brown Bag Lunch Series at the Backstage Theater (121 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge) on Wednesdays, June 18th and July 9th from 12:30pm till 1:30pm
*Gazebo Ensemble on Frisco Founders Day at the Frisco Historical Park (120 Main St., Frisco) on Saturday, July 5th from 11:00am till 12:00pm
*Porch Series
at Breckenridge Associates Real Estate (229 S. Main St., Breckenridge) on Thursdays, June 19th, June 26th, July 10th and July 17th from 5:00pm till 6:00pm *Classical Ensemble at Outlets at Silverthorne Blue Village Courtyard on Saturdays, July 5th from 11:00am till 12:00pm and July 19th from 2:00pm till 3:00pm

About Outreach Programs: For symphony orchestras to survive and thrive, musicians need to be advocates for classical music in all aspects of life, especially by being active and present in their communities. During their summer fellowship, National Repertory Orchestra musicians take part in the NRO’s Education and Community Engagement Program, which prepares the musicians for an active role in the communities they will be serving, and, more importantly, provides free musical events for youth, the general community, and those who are underserved in Summit County.

Don’t Miss The Sounds Of The Season!

What a beautiful summer it is here in Summit County and the NRO is already half way through the concert season!  Please come visit us this week for some amazing performances.





“Stunning Strings

Wednesday, July 9th, 7:30pm - Breck Riverwalk Center

This performance consists of an eclectic collection of entertaining, challenging and rewarding works by five outstanding composers, most of them well known for their larger works.  The exceptionally talented string section of the NRO will be featured in each piece, with two solo performances by Alexander Lee (pictured bottom right) and Jessica Ryou (pictured top right). 
Jessica has returned to the NRO for her second season and is first violinist in the Akron Symphony Orchestra.  Read more about Jessica.
Alexander is a sub for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and a finalist for the New World Symphony.  Read more about Alexander.

“Concerto for Orchestra”
Saturday, July 12th, 7:30pm – Breck Riverwalk Center

Join the NRO and Guest Conductor, Michael Stern (pictured top left), at the    Riverwalk Center this Saturday night!  Michael Stern is in his eighth season with the Kansas City Symphony, hailed for its remarkable artistic ascent, original programming, organizational development and stability, and the extraordinary growth of its varied audiences since his tenure began.  Read more about Michael Stern. 
For his first appearance with the National Repertory Orchestra, Mr. Stern has selected two of the most passionate and emotional selections from the world of opera to open the concert.  Just before intermission, you will hear a solo performance by Victor Beyens (pictured bottom left). 
This French born violinist is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the     Cleveland Institute of Music and is a member of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Sandusky, OH.  Read more about Mr. Beyens.
To end the evening, we will hear Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra”, a brilliant display of the virtuoso talents of each section of the orchestra.