Bravo! Free family concert Thursday
VAIL, Colorado Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festivals free family concert is 11 a.m. Thursday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. The National Repertory Orchestra, under the baton of Carl Topilow, performs a family-friendly Italian Medley, which includes works by Rossini, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Respighi and Verdi.The concert, part of Bravos Music Matters program, is a great way to excite and expose young kids to classical music, said Liz Campbell, director of education and music outreach.Kids are familiar with a lot of the music.They just dont realize that it resonates from an orchestra with 80 people on stage, Campbell said.The National Repertory Orchestra, based in Breckenridge, is comprised of 89 young musicians handpicked from leading conservatories and music schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. Maestro Topilow and NRO alumni audition more than 800 young musicians, and the top students are chosen for the 8-week orchestral fellowship. Gates open at 10 a.m. and tickets are not required. Open seating is available for the entire amphitheater. Anyone with an interest in music is encouraged to attend the free concert, Campbell said.Music Matters integrates the arts into the community, enhances school music programs, and provides instruments and scholarships to students. The education programs reach 10,000 children and adults annually. Other free performances this summer are scheduled in the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail Library, Avon Library, Minturn Community Center, Vail Valley Medical Center, Beaver Creek Ice Rink, Arrabelle Square and St. Patricks Parish in Minturn. For a complete schedule, call 970-827-5700 or visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org.