Back to the Future for Young Musicians

Changing Lives Through Music

Yes, it is 2015 in Denver, not New York City in the 1930’s. This night there were no sightings of the glamorous Joan Crawford or Rosalind Russell. Definitely no sightings of TMZer’s Brad & Angelina, Anthony Bourdain, or Meg Ryan at Denver’s Rainbow Room Friday night. But boyoboy, did it feel like an authentic celebrity setting where celebs were likely to meet.

The Seawell Ballroom was magically transformed by John Tobey Designs into a glittering 65th floor supper club at 30 Rockefeller Center, NYC. The Denver Rainbow staff saw that the champagne flowed and guests enjoyed fine morsels of Angus tenderloin and freshly caught rocky mountain trout. It was an evening dedicated to beautiful, culturally astute people. The well-coiffed and well-healed individuals visiting from Switzerland to Vail to Houston to Denver were at the Seawell Ballroom, i.e., Rainbow Room, to support the National Repertory Orchestra.

For more than 50 years, the National Repertory Orchestra has played an important role in preparing young musicians for careers in the orchestra world, while delivering outstanding musical performances for residents and visitors in Summit County. The NRO provides a unique opportunity for young musicians to gather invaluable experience playing a broad variety of orchestral works during each summer season, led by world-renowned guest conductors. In addition, the NRO also prepares these talented young people with real-world insights into today’s opportunities and responsibilities for symphony musicians. The National Repertory Orchestra changes the lives of young musicians.

The evening was enchanting as Carl Topilow led his 88 piece orchestra of fresh faced, talented young adults. The repertoire of the evening included a piece,”Luminosity,” composed by a former NRO musician, Anthony Di Lorenzo, a Concerto for Harp & Orchestra, Op.25,  by Alberto Ginastera, and The Three-Cornered Hat, Manuel de Falla. Finally, the guests danced to the tunes of the big band era.

The silent and live auction guaranteed, once again, that this wonderful musical experience stays alive for talented musicians each summer. Guests couldn’t resist bidding higher for the Epicurean Culinary Experience or, an original painting of your home by Betsy Johnson Welty. Pamela Adams wore the exquisite necklace from Trice Jewelers and, the bidding went over the mountain when the highest bidder won a chance to conduct the NRO orchestra.

To become a part of this musical experience or receive information on the National Repertory Orchestra’s summer concert dates call 970-453-5825.