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July, 08 2005 - NRO Conducts Sucessful Summer Gala

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Board President Sandy Mortensen with Lou Wagner Gala committee member David Alexander with mom Sue Simos Board VP Reggie Gray and Executive Director Terese Kaptur NRO patrons Glen and Carla Erickson and Allan and Mary Ivascu
Jean and John Fitzgerald with Peg and Lee Henry, a board member of the National Repertory Orchestra Board member Gerry Fricke and Paul Siegert Pat Nolan (left) and Aggie Kuperman John and Nancy Thompson with Norman and Judith Forde
Former Board President, and honorary board member Nancy Follette with current board member Deanie Zelkin Jeannie and Ian Campbell with Ann Rader Mike and Jody Adams (left) with Rachelle and Michael Moschetti Board member Bonnie Kirschenbaum with Billy Moe
Laura Johnson (left) with Kathy Corneillier Board member Ann Brewster with Christine Kechter, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the NRO Connie and Jerry Gruber with honorary board member Ann Follett and Orchestra Manager David Bauman Wanda Fanning (left) with Birch Musselman and Patlee Musselman
Emcee Ed Greene from CBS4, with wife and committee member Barbara Greene Breckenridge Mayor Ernie Blake with NRO Musical Conductor Carl Topilow Yvonne and Bill McCallum with Terry Vitale and John Head Trygve Berge with Margaret Ackels and Harry Woolley
Past NRO Board President Bonnie Orkow and Bruce Blodgett NRO marketing intern Kari Tindall (left), Assistant Conductor Katherine Kilburn and percussionist Jennifer Tripplett NRO violinist Lauren Paul with parents Debbie and Les, who flew in from Wilmington Delaware to see her performance Marty (left) and Joe Davis
Artist John Fielder donated this Gore Range Sunset photgraph to the live auction. Maestro Carl Topilow introduces the next piece of music to the audience Timpani player Ryan DiLisi (left), flutist Alexandra Sopp, and percussionists Karl Williams and Rocky Romano French Hornist Jennifer Frank, bassoonist Kelly Collette (back left), bassoonist Evan Kuhlman, and french hornists Nick Calvori and Danielle Kuhlman (center)
Christina Wilke, Brandon Vance, Daniel Demetriou and Emily Rist. Brandon, a former Scottish fiddle champ, was the featured violinist during the Pop Hoedown piece. Lou Wagner steps off the podium after conducting the Magnificent Seven. Lou, along with Sharon Magness Blake, purchased the opportunity to conduct the orchestra that night. Linda Millisor prepares to conduct the William Tell Overture. Linda's boisterous encouragement of bidders during the live auction didn't go unnoticed. Sharon Magness Blake paid an extra $3,000 and gave Linda the opportunity to conduct the orchestra. Gala co-chair Sharon Magness Blake waits for the delivery of the stolen baton before she begins her turn conducting the orchestra. Husband and Breckenridge Mayor Ernie Blake stole the baton from Sharon in hopes of getting her to conduct the orchestra with just a rose.
With baton in hand, and rose clenched in her mouth, gala co-chair Sharon Magness Blake conducts the march from the opera Carmen. Gala co-chair Sharon Magness Blake takes her turn conducting the orchestra Gala Co-Chairs Suzy Witzler and Sharon Magness Blake Conductor Carl Topilow negotiates with Darth Vader for the performance of Battle of Heros from the latest Star Wars movie
Darth Vader, aka Ryan DiLisi, made a brief appearance before the surprise performance of Battle of Heros from the Revenge of the Sith soundtrack      
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