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Gateway Chamber Orchestra to perform ‘La Pasión’ at APSU’s Mabry Hall

CLARKSVILLE, TENN. – Gateway Chamber Orchestra announces a landmark performance of Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s work, La Pasión según San Marcos [St. Mark's Passion] at the George and Sharon Mabry Hall located on the campus of Austin Peay State University. Performances are on Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 20, at 4:00 p.m.

Music Director Gregory Wolynec says, “Golijov’s masterpiece for chorus, orchestra, an amazing assortment of percussion, vocal soloists, and dancers is one of the most important works of the last 50 years, and it represents our most ambitious undertaking – ever! Join us for this inspirational performance; it’s a captivating blending of cultures, supported by an all-star cast.”

This multi-cultural response to Bach’s St. Matthew's Passion combines tango, salsa music, and African drumming into an entirely new telling of the Passion story. The sensational premiere received a 25-minute standing ovation by people who were enthralled by this Latin American retelling of the Passion story. Alex Ross of The New Yorker said it “It drops like a bomb on the belief that classical music is an exclusively European art.”

GCO’s production features Reynaldo González-Fernández, who premiered the title role, and Mikael Ringquist, who created much of the drumming music. To date, the work has only been presented in major cultural centers such as New York, Boston and Los Angeles.

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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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