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The Gateway Chamber Orchestra presents AMERICA'S HAYDN FESTIVAL, a virtual concert series celebrating the music of the “Father of the Symphony” and the “Father of the String Quartet,” composer Franz Joseph Haydn, over the course of two weeks this May. America’s Haydn Festival, sponsored by Google, features concerts by GCO, recognized for nuanced performances of Haydn; GRAMMY-nominated St. Lawrence String Quartet, considered North America’s most expressive interpreters of Haydn; exuberant pianist Henry Kramer; celebrated children’s author and musicologist Anna Harwell Celenza; and emerging cellist Michael Samis. Hosted by Peabody Award-winning classical radio host, Bill McGlaughlin, the festival intends to raise the awareness and relevance of Papa Haydn’s music for audiences today. In addition to landmark works by Haydn, the festival also features works by Osvaldo Golijov, William Grant Still, Maurice Ravel and recent Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw.

 

America’s Haydn Festival will be streamed on the GCO website. Tickets are $30 for a Full Festival Pass with access to all four cocnerts or $20 for a Week 1 or Week 2 package featuring two concerts each. All performance streams will remain available for 6 months.

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Image Credit: Bill Richert

Festival Host

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Thursday, May 16, at 7:30pm

Franz Joseph HAYDN: String Quartet Op. 20, No. 2
Osvoldo GOLIJOV: Qohelet (composed for SLSQ in 2011)
Franz Joseph HAYDN: String Quartet Op.76 No. 1

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Premiere: Thursday, May 13, at 7:30pm CDT

Franz Joseph HAYDN: String Quartet, Op. 20, No. 2, Hob. III/32
Osvoldo GOLIJOV: Qohelet
Franz Joseph HAYDN: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 1, Hob. III/75

Image Credit: Marco Borggreve

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Papa Haydn's Farewell Symphony:
A Family Concert with Anna Celenza

Premiere: Sunday, May 16, at 3:00pm CDT

Franz Joseph HAYDN: Symphony No. 45 "Farewell," Hob. I/45

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Premiere: Thursday, May 20, at 7:30pm CDT

Franz Joseph HAYDN: Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII/6
William Grant STILL: Three Visions for Piano
Franz Joseph HAYDN: Piano Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/49 
Franz Joseph HAYDN: Piano Sonata in E minor, Hob. XVI/34
Maurice RAVEL: Le Tombeau de Couperin 

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Caroline SHAW: Entr'acte
Franz Joseph HAYDN: Cello Concerto No. 2, Hob. VIIb/2

Cristina SPINEI: Prelude
Franz Joseph HAYDN: Symphony No. 96 "Miracle,"  Hob. I/96

Gateway Chamber Orchestra 
featuring Michael Samis, cello

Premiere: Sunday, May 23, at 3:00pm CDT