The National Repertory Orchestra is proud to welcome another group of talented young adults to Breckenridge as we enter our 57th concert season. These elite 88 musicians bested nearly 900 others in an audition process that spanned across the United States this winter in order to win a spot in the NRO’s premier summer music festival.
During their stay, the Orchestra will perform as many different programs in an eight week period as most orchestras present in a full nine month season. “I cannot emphasize enough how important the NRO was in helping me transition into the professional orchestra world. The intense daily schedule was, of course, physically demanding, but it was the mental strength I developed that proved key in making the past few years successful,” says NRO alumnus and San Antonio Symphony concertmaster Eric Thomas Gratz.
As if this wasn’t enough, the NRO also prepares musicians for an active role in the communities they will go on to serve. Driven by our mission of Changing Lives Through Music, the National Repertory Orchestra believes in the power of music to move, inspire, educate and heal the human spirit, mind and body. Each summer musicians visit local schools, libraries, hospitals, out-patient facilities and various public venues to provide free services for the general community and the under-served.
While strolling down Main Street this summer you may see an NRO ensemble performing live to a captive audience and passersby. Led by musicians, local children engage in a music education program, where they get to touch, feel and play different instruments. Last, but certainly not least, NRO musicians provide the vital service of music therapy for patients at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, for the elderly at Summit County Community & Senior Center, as well as for the mentally and physically disabled at Timberline Adult Day Care Center.
All of this is what truly makes the National Repertory Orchestra such a unique experience. The high level of musicianship accompanied with youthful enthusiasm is hard to find anywhere else. In everything the NRO does, both audience members and musicians alike walk away feeling awe-inspired, uplifted and eager to return.
We look forward to seeing you at an NRO performance this summer – June 11th through July 29th. Performances include a free community concert on June 15th, a children’s concert on June 21st and an always popular 4th of July concert, just to mention a few. For more information, including our full summer calendar, please visit us at www.nromusic.com.
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