June 25, 2011 - NRO Gala 2011
What: The National Repertory Orchestra Annual Summer Gala
Where: Grand Hyatt Denver
When: Saturday, June 25, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Single Tickets-$200 each, Patron Table of Ten-$2,000 per table, Corporate Table of Ten-$3,000 per table (includes event recognition), Young Professionals Ticket-$150 (35 or Younger)
Master of Ceremonies: Ed Greene
Executive Director: Douglas Adams
Staff: Carl Topilow, Music Director; Julie Chandler, Director of Marketing and Development; Kaern Munnelly, Artistic and Operation Director; Christina McNally, Office Manager
Sponsors: Ernie and Sharon Magness Blake, Climax Molybdenum, and Wells Fargo Bank
Board of Directors: Kate Taucher, President; Laurie Barr, Past President; David Pessel, Vice President; Paul Watkins, Treasurer; Scott Snyder, Secretary; Dan Corwin, Executive Committee; Libby Bortz; Barbara Calvin; Dennis Dineen; Bruce Horii; Patrice Lara; Gretchen Swift
Steering Committee: Laurie Barr, Committee Co-Chair; Kathy Terry, Committee Co-Chair; Pamela Adams, Barbara Calvin, Dennis Dineen, Pam Gatz, Courtney Godbolt, Daria Snyder, Kate Taucher, Laurie Williams and Suzy Witzler
Blacktie Photos by: Chad Chisholm
Suzy and Cap Whitzler, left, with Mike Altenberg, Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake
It was a beautiful evening at the Grand Hyatt Denver with music to the ears for the National Repertory Orchestra. One of the most popular events along the Front Range, the 2011 gala did not disappoint.
Master of Ceremonies Ed Greene mixed and mingled with familiar faces Ernie and Sharon Magness Blake, Laurie Barr (chair of NRO) and Terry Barr, and Past Chair Kathy Terry. Maestro Carl Topilow wore his signature red tux jacket and a buzzing and excited energy could be found in the main gallery as well as the ballroom.
Based in Breckenridge, Colorado, the NRO is an intensive fellowship of young musicians, coming from all over the world to be a part of the unique and prestigious program. Performing major concerts around the state, the NRO alumni play in every major regional orchestra nationwide with several playing in international orchestras.
During their summer fellowship, National Repertory Orchestra musicians also take part in the NRO's Education and Community Engagement Program, which prepares the musicians for an active role in the communities they will be serving. NRO musicians also take part in community engagement events throughout the summer including performances at area preschools and hospice centers. They receive training in interpersonal skills for community engagement events, networking, and speaking with the media.
To learn more about the NRO, please visit www.nromusic.com. Next year’s gala is looking to be another social event of the season. Whether enjoying the music in the concert hall or attending a private performance at the annual gala, the National Repertory Orchestra continues to brighten the world with its exuberant melodies.