June 20, 2009 - NRO Celebrates Another Spectacular Summer Season
What: Celebrating 50 Years of Music
When: Saturday, June 20, 2009
Time: 6 p.m.
Master of Ceremonies: Ed Greene
Sponsors: Wells Fargo, Town of Breckenridge, Ski Village Resorts, Resort Quest, Bonfils Stanton Foundation, Anschutz Family Foundation, Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, Benson Family Foundation, Thomas Family Foundation, Breckeridge Ski Resort, Keystone, Colorado Mountain Express, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, Yamaha... a complete list of sponsors can be found following this link: http://nromusic.com/index.cfm?PID=1303&ID=5174,19005,0
Auctioneer: Ed Greene
Board of Directors: Bonnie Kirschenbaum, President; Laurie Barr, VP; Gerald Fricke, Treasurer; Laurie Williams, Secretary; Libby Bortz, Barbra Calvin, Daniel Corwin, Reginald Gray, Bruce Horii, Patrice Lara, Scott Snyder, Jim Taucher, Kate Taucher, Sue Woolley, Kerry Farrell, Carl Topilow
Blacktie Photos by: Corrie Vela
Longtime supporters Dee Spinzig Chapman and Susan Robbins with Maestro Carl Topilow
Patrons were dressed to the nines as they arrived at the Capital Ballroom to celebrate the National Repertory Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary with an annual gala.
The cocktail reception was enjoyed as supporters browsed auction items. The group adjourned to the dining room for a delicious meal. Ed Greene emceed the lighthearted event, introducing speaker Kerry Farrell, Executive Director for the NRO. Several students also spoke of the opportunities that had been brought to them through their involvement with the NRO program. Julie Chandler, Development Director, spoke of the importance of music to our country especially during economic hardship - a great country must have great artistic culture.
Maestro Carl Topilow was present and conducted the 88 piece orchestra superbly. The dedicated musician's wife and daughter were present, both supporting and enjoying the night’s festivities. Under his direction, the NRO has appeared at the
Each year, Maestro Topilow and NRO alumni audition over 800 young musicians from leading conservatories and music schools in the US and Canada. The finest musicians are chosen for an eight-week, intensive, orchestral fellowship and summer residency in
The opportunity to conduct the orchestra was auctioned off to two patrons and they both seemed like old pros! This was a huge honor that both enjoyed. Founded in 1960 as the Blue Jeans Symphony in Estes Park, CO, the orchestra moved to Evergreen, CO in 1966 and changed its name to the Colorado Philharmonic. It has since grown and evolved into the group we now know as NRO.
All proceeds of the evening went to support the mission of the National Repertory Orchestra - Nurturing the Future of Music
The evening closed with dancing to the serenade of the orchestra. A more beautiful setting could not be asked for.