Volunteers Needed!

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September 16 – 18, 2016
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The National Repertory Orchestra is thrilled to be the beneficiary of this year’s Breckenridge Wine Classic! This event features incredible dinners, seminars, and wine tasting events throughout the weekend. We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help this wonderful event run smoothly. Volunteer perks include discounted tickets to the Toast of Breckenridge grand finale event and a free event t-shirt! Click the button below to sign up today:

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Online Art Auctions

Trio acrylic painting - Art on a WhimEvery year since 2009, Art on a Whim Gallery in Breckenridge has partnered with local music organizations to bring together the visual and auditory art worlds. As has become tradition, they are donating two paintings to the National Repertory Orchestra this summer. 100% of the proceeds raised from the auctions go directly to the NRO and the actions end on Thursday, July 28th! So start bidding! 

Art on a Whim (100 N. Main St., Breckenridge) is also hosting a wonderful reception for the NRO, BMF and Summit Public Radio supporters on Saturday, July 23rd at 5:30 pm. Please attend! Drinks and hor d’oeuvres will be served.

Find Out More About The Auctions

To bid on the beautiful paintings below, click on the painting and it will take you directly to the online auction websites!

Sunlit Magic - Art on a Whim


“Sunlit Magic” Mixed-Media on Gallery Wrapped Canvas by Lelija Roy


Donated to the National Repertory Orchestra






Trio acrylic painting - Art on a Whim


“Trio” Acrylic on Panel in Wooden Frame by David V. Gonzales


Donated to the National Repertory Orchestra




Summer Match Madness!

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On Monday, July 11th we announced that Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate was going to make a splash with
S U M M E R  M A T C H  M A D N E S S !

Through this program, Slifer Smith & Frampton agreed to match all donations made in the month of July to the National Repertory Orchestra dollar for dollar up to $2,000 (up to $15,000 total for all supported nonprofits).  Meaning that your donation went twice as far!

The response from donors was amazing – on the first day we doubled the match limit!  Thank you to all for your generous support and thank you to Slifer Smith & Frampton!!

Free Community Events

Instrument Petting ZooThe NRO is committed to expanding the reach of classical music by providing free chamber performances and children’s events, which are open to the public, throughout Summit County.   We hope you join us!

2016 Schedule
Tue. June 14th: “Children’s Library Program” at Breckenridge Library
Wed. June 15th: “Children’s Library Program” at Silverthorne Library
Thu. June 16th: “Porch Series” at Breckenridge Associates Real Estate
Wed. June 22nd: “Classical Music & Drinks” at Main Street Station
Thu. June 23rd: “Porch Series” at Breckenridge Associates Real Estate
Wed. June 29th: “Brown Bag Lunch” at Breckenridge Backstage Theater
Wed. July 6th: “Classical Music & Drinks” at Main Street Station
Thu. July 7th: “Porch Series” at Breckenridge Associates Real Estate
Fri. July 15th: “Music in the Foyer” at the Breckenridge Recreation Center
Tue. July 19th: “Brown Bag Lunch” at Breckenridge Backstage Theater
Fri. July 22nd: “Porch Series” at Breckenridge Associates Real Estate

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NRO Rehearsal Schedule

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Come experience the NRO for free at one of our many rehearsals at the Riverwalk Center (150 West Adams Ave., Breckenridge, CO). As with any other performance, please be quiet and courteous – turn off all cell phones and refrain from using cameras or recording equipment.

2016 Summer Rehearsal Schedule at the Riverwalk Center
*Schedule Is Subject To Change

June Rehearsal Schedule

 July Rehearsal Schedule

Meet The Vocalist For “Topilow Pops!”

17-57-30-DSC_1026 (2) small croppedConnor Bogart O’Brien will join the NRO for our popular “Topilow Pops!” concert on Friday, July 15th at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. 

A native of Ashtabula Ohio, Connor grew up as a classical violinist before ultimately studying vocal performance/opera at the Eastman School of Music in New York.  During his time at Eastman, he was also accepted into the nationally ranked male acappella group, The University of Rochester Yellowjackets, (as seen on NBC’s “The Sing Off”) as a featured soloist.

In the years since, Connor has been a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Rochester Philharmonic, The Akron Symphony, The Cleveland Pops, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He also starred on The History Channel’s Shifting Gears, and has served as executive music supervisor and composer to The Discovery Channel for their series, The Kustomizer. As a songwriter, several of his original songs have been featured on national television, including ABC’s “Days of Our Lives” and MTV’s, “The Hills”.

“Inside Out”, the lead single from his self-titled first album, vaulted to the number one radio position in France, and held the position for several weeks. Two full-length albums followed, which led to performing as the opening act on over 20 national tours.  Including Ashlee Simpson, Huey Lewis and The News, Edwin McCain, Richard Marx, Rick Springfield, Hall & Oates, and Mariah Carey.

Connor can currently be heard behind the scenes singing and recording jingles for companies such as Hasbro Toys and American Greetings, performing with native Clevelander Jim Brickman, as well as in over 32 countries as a headliner act on leading cruise lines with his vocal group, “The Matinee Idols”. For more, visit Connorbogart.com.

Join the Movement #GivingTuesday

2015-Save-the-Date_blue-PROFILE-image-sizeThe NRO is joining in the #GivingTuesday movement again this year and we are hoping to double our donations from last year (the 1st year NRO participated in this event).  Help us continue in our mission of Changing Lives Through Music and help us reach our goal of $8,000 in contributions on December 1, 2015!

Let’s make a difference together – It’s simple!
And you don’t have to wait until Dec. 1st – You can do it now!!

Step 1: Donate HERE! or call us at (970) 453-5825 to donate over the phone.  Please consider a monthly donation…

  • Just $5 per month feeds 1 musician for 1 week of the festival.
  • Just $10 per month houses 1 musician for 1 week of the festival.
  • Just $30 per month feeds 1 musician for the entire festival.
  • Just $80 per month houses 1 musician for the entire festival.

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Step 2:
Share your story! 
Why do you support the NRO? Inspire others to take action! Go to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Be sure to #GivingTuesday and #NROmusic.  And, be sure to tag us @NROmusic.  If you don’t use social media, you can email us at info@nromusic.com and we’ll share your story for you.


What is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

In the same way that Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the buying season, #GivingTuesday kicks off the giving season. It’s a day to step back from the commercialization and consumerism that comes with the holiday season, and promote doing good for others. 

  • #GivingTuesday is a special call to action to create a global day of giving that brings diverse organizations and communities around the world together to give back.
  • #GivingTuesday celebrates generosity by providing people everywhere with an opportunity to give more, give smarter, and give great.
  • #GivingTuesday unifies charities, corporations, small business, and individuals from across the globe to show that the world gives as good as it gets.
  • You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give back. #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together doing extraordinary things.
  • Find out more at www.givingtuesday.org


Are you a non-profit or business in Summit County and would like to get involved too? 
Please contact Kathleen at info@nromusic.com or (970) 453-5825


World Cuisine Wine Dinner

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The NRO is proud to honor Gerry and Annette Fricke for their years of service and dedication on this special evening.  Chef Brandon Farr takes his guests on a tour of Gerry and Annette’s favorite country, Italy.  Presenting an elegant four course dining experience, featuring wines from the most prestigious wine growing appellations in Italy, paired with authentic cuisine from each region.

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Season Finale Guest Artist

LK head shot 051815Come see Laurence Kaptain, cimbalom, perform with the NRO at our season finale “Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto” on Friday, July 31st at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.  He will be performing Kodaly’s Suite From Hary Janos. This is sure to be a wonderful end to another amazing summer season!

“Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto” Information – Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 23rd.home - teasers - buy

At the age of 20, Laurence Kaptain was a section percussionist with the Colorado Philharmonic (now, National Repertory Orchestra) in 1973 and then returned at Principal Percussionist in 1974. He was alumni concerto marimba soloist in 1985.

As a percussionist and symphonic cimbalom artist, Laurence Kaptain appears regularly with major ensembles, award-winning composers and renowned performing artists, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony. His performances may also be heard on recordings with the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony.

Kaptain has been interviewed and featured on programs such as NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and, most recently, a retrospective broadcast of historic recordings made by Georg Solti on the Chicago Symphony’s BP Network broadcasts. He has also performed with renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Elliot Carter, Gil Shaham, Suzanne Farrell, Kurt Masur, Elvis Costello, Henry Mancini, Donna McKechnie, Carol Channing and Robert Altman.

In his current position as dean of the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver, Kaptain is an energetic, well-respected academic leader with an exemplary record of effectiveness directing internationally renowned higher education programs and performing arts units in the provision of superlative learning, creative and performance opportunities. He was previously Dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts at LSU and prior to that Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia. He received the first doctorate in percussion instruments at the University of Michigan, where he was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and received the prestigious Rackham Graduate School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.