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June 20, 2009 - NRO Celebrates Another Spectacular Summer Season

What: Celebrating 50 Years of Music

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

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:,19005,0

Auctioneer: Ed Greene

Attire: Blacktie

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
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 Kennedy Center, and the Olympic Festival in Korea, in Taiwan and Japan, just to mention a few. The orchestra played magnificently. This was Maestro Topilow's 32nd season dedicated to supporting the NRO.

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 Breckenridge, Colorado. The musicians maintain a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule.

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.


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