Gregory Wolynec, Music Director
Conductor GREGORY WOLYNEC is realizing an impressive achievement for orchestral excellence in an unlikely setting. Merging his passion for energetic and captivating performances with a committed ensemble of world-class artists, he founded Gateway Chamber Orchestra in 2008 in Clarksville, Tennessee. In the short span of eight years, they have been featured on a GRAMMY award winning recording, expanded their performance season to serve multiple communities throughout Tennessee, and been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts for audience engagement with their critically acclaimed Family Concert Series. Wolynec has positioned Gateway Chamber Orchestra to become the model more communities seek: one that keenly assesses and then serves its community’s cultural needs, taking music into the community and surrounding regions via innovative venues and multi-media programs.
Comprised of distinguished music faculty of Austin Peay State University and other professional instrumentalists from the greater region, Wolynec gave the Clarksville area its first, regularly performing professional ensemble. The members sought to create a unique ensemble where the individual voices of the performers are heard - a chamber orchestra. Another catalyst for the members was to show their students that one must first be a musician in order to be an effective music educator. Their vision also includes the pairing of visual artists, authors, and other collaborators with their ensemble to reach new audiences and listeners.
Wolynec focuses programming for Gateway Chamber Orchestra on sharing rediscovered musical gems, partnering with contemporary composers, and delivering distinctive reading of classic works. The orchestra has been touted as "world class," "flawless," and "big, bold, American.” Wolynec has been recognized for his sensitive balance between lyrical intimacy and symphonic drama and composers Libby Larsen, Lee Hoiby, Anthony Plog, and Jeffrey Wood have praised his interpretations. In their first few seasons, Gateway has also collaborated with internationally acclaimed musicians such as flutist William Bennett, clarinetist Charles Neidich and pianist Jeffrey Biegel.
Wolynec has conducted and overseen three recordings with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra in its young life. Two of the recordings, Wind Serenades and Chamber Symphonies (Summit Records in SACD format) received GRAMMY nominations for audio engineer Blanton Alspaugh and Chamber Symphonies garnered a GRAMMY (Classical Producer) in 2013 for Alspaugh. The third recording, Reinecke: Cello Concerto with emerging soloist and Gateway principal player Michael Samis, was picked up by Delos in 2014. All recordings have received critical acclaim in the American Record Guide, Fanfare, The Instrumentalist and additional online sites.
Since 2003, Wolynec has served as a professor of conducting at Austin Peay State University where he oversees the graduate program in Instrumental Conducting and directs the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Opera Theatre performances. He holds degrees from SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and Michigan State University. The sole musical recipient of a Fulbright Grant in the 2001-2002 academic year to Prague, Czech Republic, Wolynec studied conducting at the Prague Conservatory. His success there resulted in a performance of Debussy's "Afternoon of a Faun" with the Karlovy Vary Symphony.
Masterworks Series Concert IV
George Butterworth - The Banks of Green Willow
John Luther Adams - Become River
Ludwig Van Beethoven - - Symphony No. 6 in F "Pastoral"
As the 2016-17 season concludes, set sail with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra on a captivating musical journey. Celebrating the scenic beauty of Tennessee, John Luther Adams’ Become River takes you on a downstream journey. Herald the summer with an enthralling rendition of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.
Sunday, April 30 at 4:00pm
George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall
Austin Peay State University
Monday, May 1 at 7:30pm
|The Franklin Theatre
419 Main Street
Franklin, Tennessee 37064