Festive Fiddles Event at Sotheby’s

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We know that the holidays are a busy time of year.  Your calendar is probably filled to the brim for the month of December.  But in January we often have that post-holiday lull.  Attend the NRO’s Festive Fiddles event at Sotheby’s new Breckenridge location to fill this post-holiday void.  Enjoy an intimate elegant evening filled with music, friends, cocktails and food.

Seating is very limited, so don’t delay – Get your tickets today!

To check ticket availability please call the NRO office. (970) 453-5825

Emily Granger, NRO Alumna, Now Member Of CHQ

Emily GrangerEmily Granger, 2012 NRO harpist, is now a member of the Chicago Harp Quartet and is, “dedicated to bringing the harp ensemble to center stage.”

According to the CHQ website, http://chicagoharpquartet.com/, “During the 2014-15 Season the quartet looks forward to collaborations with several composers creating new works for harp quartet, an exciting multidisciplinary project with Mozawa, a featured performance at the 2015 Lyon & Healy Summer Music Festival, and their debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.”  

Having just released their first CD, Soirées d’été, the CHQ has recently been considered for a Grammy.  They are awaiting the news of a nomination.  The NRO wishes Emily and the CHQ the best of luck!  Please view the video below to hear a sneak peak of the Chicago Harp Quartet’s debut CD…

Happy Holidays from the NRO!

Holiday Card 2014_edited for onlineIt all began when a young cellist and conductor named Walter Charles found himself in Estes Park for the summer.  He was helping a friend build a cabin.  It was then that the plans for his long-held dream began to take shape.  Charles knew from personal experience that young musicians, while well educated, lacked the training and experience needed to gain a seat in a professional symphony orchestra.  So in 1960 he established the Blue Jeans Symphony Orchestra, to be renamed years later the National Repertory Orchestra. For 55 years, the NRO has provided an opportunity for talented and dedicated young musicians to spend 8 weeks of their summer in Colorado making beautiful music out of some of the most challenging works in the classical repertoire. We are the beneficiaries of this season of highly acclaimed concerts. This is Walter Charles’ legacy…what will yours be?

I believe that the NRO is one of only a few organizations that truly focuses on the experiential needs of aspiring professional musicians and then provides them an opportunity to practice their craft in a real world scenario. The musicians make it look easy while performing, even as audience members are moved to tears or gasping in amazement.  Such is the nature and impact of beautifully orchestrated music! But when you peel back the layers of a successful performance you will see the years of training, the myriad hours of practice and rehearsal, and the lifetime of dedication that has brought each of them to this point.  While today’s world of music is an especially challenging one, these musicians are prepared to face it head on and with determination.  But they really need our help.

You’ve heard it before – ticket revenues cover only about 25% of the orchestra’s costs.  But make no mistake, your tax deductible gift, large or small, will make a difference. It will help to pay housing costs for our musicians, provide them a modest food stipend, engage renowned guest conductors, expand the repertoire, and keep our ticket prices affordable. 

This is our orchestra – yours and mine – and we need to do our part.  So please make your tax deductible contribution today.donate-now

The NRO is about education, inspiration and “Changing Lives Through Music”.  So won’t you join us to ensure the Orchestra’s continued success with a generous gift today and then plan to attend the concerts next summer?  It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Best wishes to you and yours this holiday season,
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Patrice Lara
President, Board of Trustees 

P.S. You can see a list of the benefits HERE that are yours, based on the amount of your donation.  This is our way of saying thank you for your generous support.

Charming and Magisterial Celebration

Die Meistersinger von NŸrnberg - by Richard Wagner, at Metropolitan Opera, season 06-07 premire March 1, 2007Richard Wagner’s  
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg 
Saturday, December 13th at 10:00am
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 6 hrs. 00 min.

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy-back at the Met for the first time in eight years-about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Michael Volle, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.



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. 

NRO Receives NEA Grant

Carl conducts Violin POV IIINational Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced on December 2nd that The National Repertory Orchestra is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide and one of 17 to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The NRO will receive a $10,000 grant to support its professional development program for young musicians.

Each year, the NRO auditions more than 900 applicants and selects 88 to spend the summer in Breckenridge.  During the eight week season, the orchestra performs eighteen concerts, giving the musicians invaluable real-world experience with world-class conductors.  Those activities also fulfill an important economic role in Summit County and measurably enrich the quality of life to those who live in and visit the mountain communities.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award (given to) The National Repertory Orchestra.  The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

NRO Chief Executive Officer Doug Adams said, “We welcome the news of this important grant not only for its monetary value but also because it is rewarding to see the work of the NRO recognized by the national arts community.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.

For more information on the National Repertory Orchestra, please visit www.nromusic.com or follow @NROmusic or #NROmusic on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.