Colorado’s National Repertory Orchestra— a fellowship program designed to prepare young musicians for careers in music—opened its 2016 summer season on June 11 at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center with the first of fifteen performances through July 31. The opening program featured John Williams’s one-movement work Summon the Heroes, written for the 1996 Olympics, plus Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Also planned are a free community concert on June 15 featuring Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with soloist Matthew Shin, an NRO alumnus and winner of last year’s concerto competition, as well as music by Gershwin and Rimsky-Korsakov. The festival includes hour-long chamber concerts throughout the town of Breckenridge on June 16, June 23, July 7, and July 22; community engagement activities in Breckenridge and Summit County; and the annual Topilow Pops! Pink Concert supporting the Shaw Breast Center and Cancer Clinic in Frisco, on July 15. Carl Topilow is music director of the National Repertory Orchestra.
Posted June 23, 2016