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Gateway Chamber Orchestra to debut Duke Ellington-inspired holiday 'Nutcracker' performance

CLARKSVILLE, TENN. – The Gateway Chamber Orchestra returns to the stage this month with a modern interpretation of The Nutcracker.

In its first live audience performance since February 2020, the GCO presents the Tchaikovsky favorite with a “Duke Ellington meets Tchaikovsky” twist, featuring an exclusive performance with Nashville Ballet guest artists.

“We are so excited to debut a new holiday tradition for our audience with a combination of video and live dance,” conductor Gregory Wolynec said. “Tchaikovsky’s classic score gets a big band twist that is sure to have your toes tapping.”

The performances will be Saturday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 12, at 3:00 p.m. at Austin Peay State University’s Mabry Concert Hall.

The optional Sugar Plum Party immediately follows the Sunday matinee performance, featuring sweet treats and family photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Separate Sugar Plum Party tickets are required, and are available for $10 with the matinee concert ticket purchase.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 931-444-6240.

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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


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