2014 Alumnus Wins Job!

Schuyler JacksonSchuyler Jackson, who just spent the 2014 with the NRO, has been appointed as the Acting Second Bassoonist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Baltimore, MD for the 2014-2015 season.  Congratulations Schuyler!

Schuyler says, “The summer that I spent with the National Repertory Orchestra really prepared me for a life in a professional orchestra, while also allowing me to build relationships with the community, colleagues, and friends. What is unique about the NRO is that Maestro Topilow and the many guest conductors that we performed under were able to give insight and knowledge that we need in order to succeed as great musicians, teachers, and artists.”

Mesmerizing Production – “Carmen”

carm_2121aGeorges Bizet’s Carmen
Saturday, November 1st at 10:55am
Prologue and Epilogue Series begins at 10:30am
Colorado Mountain College
107 Denison Placer Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424
Questions? please call the NRO office M-F 9am to 5pm 970-453-5825


$20.00 Adults $16.00 Senior (65+) & Met Member $10.00 Student  

Approximate running time 3 hrs. 18 min.
Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another.

Light snacks provided at intermission (donation requested).  You are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

If you wish to be a box office volunteer at a Met Opera Live in HD event in Breckenridge, please contact Cecile Forsberg at cecile@nromusic.com or (970) 453-5825. 

Alumnus Chosen For Cultural Exchange With Sarajevo Philharmonic

Kevin Dombrowski4 American musicians chosen for cultural exchange with Sarajevo Philharmonic
(Story Provided to the NRO By: Diane Wittry, Artistic Director with the Cultural Exchange Program)

Four young American musicians have been selected for an International Cultural Exchange program that will take them to Bosnia-Herzegovina for 10 months to perform with the Sarajevo Philharmonic.   Kevin  Pfister, Bassoon, from Ambler, Pennsylvania;  Daniel  Worsham, French Horn, from Kenosha, Wisconsin;  Jessica Young, French Horn, from Denton, Texas;  Kevin  Dombrowski, Trombone,   from Chicago, Illinois, will perform in opera, ballet and symphonic concerts from September 2014 through July 2015.

Kevin Dombrowski, Trombone, recently graduated from Yale University where he earned a Masters in Music Performance and before that he earned his Bachelor’s in Music Performance at the Eastman School of Music. As an orchestral musician, he has played with the West Virginia Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Kevin has won several competitions and notably had the chance to play in Aarhus, Denmark for the International Trombone Association’s solo competition. He is also an avid chamber musician and enjoys playing with the Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet.

The International Cultural Exchange program is coordinated and sponsored by the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS) in cooperation with the Sarajevo Philharmonic. 

The mission of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences is to provide connections between Bosnian-Herzegovinian and scientists, musicians, artists, and professionals in North America to build bridges of cooperation between our countries. The Academy promotes the spirit of intellectual diversity and free exchange of ideas in the belief that knowledge is shareable wealth.

The Sarajevo Philharmonic was founded in 1923 and has played an important role in shaping the musical life of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The Sarajevo Philarmonic is a full-time orchestra that currently performs in the National Theatre in Sarajevo and tours throughout the region.

The Sarajevo Philharmonic operated without interruptions throughout the siege of Sarajevo  from 1993-1995. Although Sarajevo was exposed to daily bombardment from the surrounding hills which killed over 10,000 of its citizens, the Philharmonic held nine concerts in the 1993-1994 season, 21 concerts in the 1994-1995 season, and 41 concerts in the 1995-1996 season. Out of those 41 concerts, 10 were held prior to November 1995, when the Dayton Peace Agreement was signed.  The Philharmonic lost two musicians during the siege.

The International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians starts in September 2014 and the participants will return to the United States in July 2015. Selection of the musicians was done by Conductor and Artistic Director Diane Wittry, who is a  BHAAAS international member; Samra Gulamovic, director and conductor of the Sarajevo Philharmonic; and Eldin E. Karaikovic, BHAAAS project director.  The applicants submitted copies of their performance resumes and unedited DVDs of their playing. The applicants also included a short video about why they wanted to participate in the program.

For more information about this program, please email: CulturalExchangeProgram@gmail.com

Met Opera Live in HD in Breckenridge

lacombe_14001_shot_4_141_aThe Metropolitan Opera, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Mountain College and Lake Dillon Theatre Company join forces to bring you another season of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD!  This partnership brings ten world class opera performances to Breckenridge each year. 

About The Met: Live in HD

The Met: Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 theaters in 65 countries, makes the Met the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content and the only arts institution with an ongoing global series of this scale. When the series launched in 2006, the Met was the first arts company to experiment with alternative cinema content. Since then, the program has grown every season, with more than 14 million tickets sold to date.  With an average global ticket price of $23 in the 2013-14 season, the series has made world-class performances accessible to millions of opera lovers each season.

Met opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features; altogether the worldwide HD audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.

The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Global corporate sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg. Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr.

The Met: Live in HD’s 2014-15 Season Features

The new season of the Met’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world features ten presentations, including seven new to the series.  All ten operas will be Saturday matinee performances, transmitted live from the Met stage. 

Season Lineup: (Click on links for synopsis and to buy tickets)



All start times are Mountain Time.  Please arrive at least a half hour before the start of the performance if you wish to attend the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s ”Opera Prologue and Epilogue Series”.  This series aims to give the audience some preliminary information regarding each performance and to engage audience members in a brief Q and A discussion.

“This is our ninth season in a row of connecting opera fans to our live performances,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “We’re glad that we are able to continue to present an eclectic selection of operas, thereby offering new repertoire experiences to our opera lovers in movie theaters around the world.”

Links to Partner’s websites:

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“Memorable Performance” says the Associated Press

nozze abdrazakov2Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s
Le Nozze di Figaro
Saturday, October 25th at 10:55am
Prologue and Epilogue Series begins at 10:30am
Colorado Mountain College
107 Denison Placer Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424
Questions? please call the NRO office M-F 9am to 5pm 970-453-5825

Tickets No Longer Available

$20.00 Adults $16.00 Senior (65+) & Met Member $10.00 Student 

Approximate running time 3 hrs. 34 min.
Music Director James Levine conducts a new production of Mozart’s eternal masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action in a 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, our Figaro, leads a dazzling cast, including Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count, Amanda Majeski as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino. Designer Rob Howell (Carmen, Werther) utilizes a revolving set to keep the story bubbling along.

“A sparkling new production… joyful music-making… The youthful cast dug into their roles with gusto and sang with style… A memorable performance of Mozart’s immortal comedy.” (Associated Press)

“A swiftly paced, playful evening… Eyre skillfully built the comic ensembles to climaxes that made you laugh out loud… A happy Marriage at the Met.” (Wall Street Journal)




Light snacks provided at intermission (donation requested).  You are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

If you wish to be a box office volunteer at a Met Opera Live in HD event in Breckenridge, please contact Cecile Forsberg at cecile@nromusic.com or (970) 453-5825. 

World Cuisine Wine Dinner

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Tickets Unavailable For Purchase Online Because Of Limited Seating –
Please Call 970-453-5825 For Ticket Information

The National Repertory Orchestra is putting together the World Cuisine Wine Dinner, a fabulous evening on Tuesday, October 21st, to be held at the Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge

Chef Foy Maloy will be pairing up an elegant four course dinner with wines specially chosen for your enjoyment. 

“This event is a fundraiser for the National Repertory Orchestra’s programs” said Director of Development, Julie Chandler “We deeply appreciate Jay’s continued dedication and generosity to the orchestra. Events such as this help us to provide the community with a fabulous summer music festival and enriching cultural experiences” CEO Doug Adams added “Last time the Blue River Bistro did a dinner for the NRO, it was one of the best meals I have ever had in Breckenridge – and I expect this dinner to be the same!”

The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) is a full fellowship orchestral training program that takes place in Summit County every summer. The mission is to prepare young musicians, operations personnel and administrative staff for careers in orchestral music – be it on stage or behind the scenes. Every year, more than 800 of the country’s most talented young musicians, between the ages of 18 and 28, participate in the audition process. Of those who audition, 89 musicians are chosen from the country’s top music schools and conservatories to come to Summit County to perform for appreciative audiences. Now in its 53rd year, the more than 4,400 NRO alumni can be found in virtually every orchestra in North America, and several throughout the world. The National Repertory Orchestra is Nurturing the Future of Music!

Tickets to the World Cuisine Wine Dinner are $75 per person. The price includes a four course wine pairing dinner tax, gratuity and a great evening.

To purchase tickets, please call the National Repertory orchestra at 970-453-5825 or go to www.nromusic.com . Thank you for your support!

See “Macbeth” Live in HD

macbeth lucic as macbeth_072aGiuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth
Saturday, October 11th at 10:55am
Prologue and Epilogue Series begins at 10:30am
Colorado Mountain College
107 Denison Placer Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424
Questions? please call the NRO office M-F 9am to 5pm 970-453-5825

Tickets no longer available.

$20.00 Adults
$16.00 Senior (65+) & Met Member
$10.00 Student 

Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play by William Shakespeare
World Premiere: Florence, Teatro della Pergola, March 13, 1847
Premiere of revised version: Paris, Théâtre Lyrique, April 21, 1865 

Act I 

Scotland. Macbeth and Banquo, leaders of the Scottish army, meet a group of witches who prophesy the future. They address Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland, and tell Banquo that he will be the father of kings. The two men try to learn more, but the witches vanish. Messengers arrive with news that Duncan, the current king of Scotland, has made Macbeth Thane of Cawdor. The first part of the witches’ prediction has come true. 

In Macbeth’s castle, Lady Macbeth reads a letter from her husband telling her of the events that have just transpired. She resolves to follow her ambitions. A servant announces that Duncan will soon arrive at the castle, and when Macbeth enters, she tells him that they must kill the king. Duncan arrives. Macbeth has a vision of a dagger, then leaves to commit the murder. On his return, he tells his wife how the act has frightened him, and she tells him that he needs more courage. They both leave as Banquo enters with Macduff, a nobleman, who discovers the murder. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth pretend to be horrified and join the others in condemning the murder. 

Act II 

Macbeth has become king. Duncan’s son, Malcolm, is suspected of having killed his father and has fled to England. Worried about the prophecy that Banquo’s children will rule, Macbeth and his wife now plan to kill him and his son, Fleance, as well. As Macbeth leaves to prepare the double murder, Lady Macbeth hopes that it will finally make the throne secure. 

Outside the castle, assassins wait for Banquo, who appears with his son, warning him of strange forebodings. Banquo is killed, but Fleance escapes. 

Lady Macbeth welcomes the court to the banquet hall and sings a drinking song, while Macbeth receives news that Banquo is dead and his son has escaped. About to take Banquo’s seat at the table, Macbeth has a terrifying vision of the dead man accusing him. His wife is unable to calm her unsettled husband, and the courtiers wonder about the king’s strange behavior. Macduff vows to leave the country, which is now ruled by criminals. 

Act III 

The witches gather again, and Macbeth visits them, demanding more prophecies. Apparitions warn him to beware of Macduff and assure him that “no man of woman born” can harm him, and that he will be invincible until Birnam Wood marches on his castle. In another vision, he sees a procession of future kings, followed by Banquo. Horrified, Macbeth collapses. The witches disappear and his wife finds him. They resolve to kill Macduff and his family. 

Act IV 

On the Scottish border, Macduff has joined the refugees. His wife and children have been killed. Malcolm appears with British troops and leads them to invade Scotland. 

Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking, haunted by the horrors of what she and her husband have done. 

Macbeth awaits the arrival of his enemies and realizes that he will never live to a peaceful old age. Messengers bring news that Lady Macbeth has died, and that Birnam Wood appears to be moving. English soldiers appear, camouflaged with its branches. Macduff confronts Macbeth and tells him that he was not born naturally but had a Caesarean birth. He kills Macbeth and proclaims Malcolm king of Scotland.