Last night my husband and I attended a fundraiser for the NRO (National Repertory Orchestra – more about this organization later!)
Jim Salestrom entertained us with wonderful music accompanied by 6 past performers with the NRO on violin, viola, & cello, and Ken Miller, Director of Music and Entertainment at the Broadmoor on keys. It was an absolutely marvelous evening of beautiful mountain music.
Salestrom was born and raised in my home state of Nebraska – so, of course he must be a great guy (said this Nebraska girl). Additionally, this Emmy Award Winning Songwriter and amazing guitarist has a storied history of performing for US presidents, the Supreme Court, and even on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson 3 times. His band opened for Dolly Parton and soon Jim found himself playing with Dolly’s band on and off since 1979!
Jim ran the sound for John Denver and also sang with John Denver in concert. He was one of the first people to hear Denver’s Rocky Mountain High.
Having a very John Denver’ish sound, I found myself carried away in his music and was singing along to Follow Me, Annie’s Song, Rocky Mountain High, and Thank God I’m a Country Boy. However, my favorite songs of the evening were Queen Anne’s Lace and Bristlecone Pine. Not only are these 2 of my favorite songs that he sings, having the strings backing him up had chills running down my spine! It was absolutely beautiful!
Ken Miller not only played keys, but he arranged the music for the strings – and wow! He hit it out of the park!!
Suffice it to say that it was an amazing evening filled with fabulous music – and we were encouraged to sing along – which made it even better!!
The National Repertory Orchestra is a non-profit organization in Breckenridge, Colorado that assists in preparing young musicians for careers in the orchestra world. For 2 months each summer, this young group of musicians provides outstanding musical performances for residents and visitors in Summit County. Musicians come from all over the world to participate in this fabulous Orchestra. To learn more about the NRO or to check out upcoming performances, check out their website at www.nromusic.org.
Maybe I’ll see you at an NRO performance this summer!!