CLARKSVILLE, TN – The Gateway Chamber Orchestra has been continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation in our Middle Tennessee community as we plan our activities for the upcoming season. An important study of how playing various orchestral instruments in different types of venues has just begun to shed light on how we will be able to proceed in the months ahead. Out of an abundance of caution, and with information provided from our recent audience survey, we have decided against scheduling any formal concerts for the remainder of calendar year 2020. That does not mean we won’t be busy finding new ways to delight and educate new and existing audiences. Here is what we plan to do–
We are currently hard at work creating a series of educational videos that pair GCO musicians with elementary classroom music teachers. These videos and corresponding educational materials will be able to provide much needed content for students and schools in our community. Based around renowned children’s stories, each installment will introduce students to music from a wide range of cultures in an engaging fashion that they can share at home with their families. Watch for the unveiling of this series beginning in September.
We are completely committed to presenting concerts during 2021. If the state of the virus allows for traditionally presented programs, then we will look forward to greeting you in both Clarksville and Franklin as we have for years. If we need to adapt, we will be ready to present programs in alternative fashions. This may include social distancing, multiple performances for reduced audiences or video streaming.
These are uncertain times for all of us. We have been the fortunate recipients of an NEA CARES Act grant which is allowing us to support our musicians as they help our communities in new ways. Now more than ever, we need YOUR support to help us continue our mission of enriching lives through innovative concerts, distinctive recordings and inspiring educational programs. We ask that you consider making a tax-deductible donation to help the GCO continue this important work. You can donate at gatewaychamberorchestra.com or mail to Gateway Chamber Orchestra, 2250 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. Suite F, #222, Clarksville, TN 37040.
On behalf of our entire organization, please know how much we look forward to welcoming you back to the concert hall. In the meantime, please accept our best wishes for continued good health and safety as we all face this unprecedented crisis. If we all play our part, we will welcome better days just as soon as possible.
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The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) is a nationally-recognized American cultural institution committed to enriching lives through innovative concerts, distinctive recordings, and inspiring educational programs. Conducted by Gregory Wolynec, the GCO is delighted to have a home at the George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. The ensemble debuted in the fall of 2008, and has grown into a classically modeled chamber orchestra comprised of leading symphony players, recording musicians, and university faculty from Middle Tennessee and beyond who delight in bringing their shared passion for the world’s greatest music to the community. Visit www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com.