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Gateway Chamber Orchestra presents ‘Appalachian Spring’

September 8, 2022

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Clarksville’s Gateway Chamber Orchestra invites the public to celebrate its opening concert, showcasing two superb pieces of music. The 4 p.m. performance will be held Sunday, October 2, at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall, located on the Austin Peay State University campus.

Music Director Gregory Wolynec shares, “This season opens with a pair of works that have helped define the GCO; Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Franz Schreker’s lush Chamber Symphony, which was featured in the GCO’s Chamber Symphonies recording in 2012 and helped earn Blanton Alspaugh a Grammy for Classical Producer of the Year.”

Appalachian Spring premiered in 1944 with funds from the Coolidge Foundation. The ballet, created by choreographer and dancer Martha Graham, depicts a young pioneer couple preparing to begin their life in the new frontier. Typically when the music is presented without ballet, the sections of the work that depict the couple’s struggles are omitted. The GCO proudly presents the work in its entirety, as the composer initially intended. The enduring and popular music by Copland, stands alone for its simple, but moving melodies, and is based on the Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts.” Scored for the intimacy of a chamber orchestra, this music has achieved worldwide popularity, received a Pulitzer Prize in 1945, and remains as fresh today as the day it was composed.

Franz Schreker’s Chamber Symphony is a shimmering composition which begins with a magical, other-worldly sound. This piece is full of brilliant color and symphonic sweep; reminiscent of the golden age of movie scoring. Schreker’s music was widely hailed and performed during much of his lifetime. With the rise of fascism in Germany in the 1920s and 30s, he was labeled a “degenerative” composer by authorities and largely forgotten. Since 2010, GCO audiences have come to recognize the uplifting tone and colorful expression that Schreker was able to capture in his scores.

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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.

Clarksville’s Gateway Chamber Orchestra announces 2022-23 season

August 11, 2022

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Gateway Chamber Orchestra invites the public to four productions to be presented in Clarksville.

“I am so excited to share these four programs with our Clarksville audience. This season, we will present many of the works that have put us on the national music map. These pieces span nearly 300 years and range from intimate ensembles to large spectacles. It’s a tremendous opportunity for our audience to connect with great music, performed at the highest level, right here in our community,” said Music Director Gregory Wolynec.

2022-2023 Concert Series

Appalachian Spring

Sunday, October 2, at 4:00 p.m.

George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall

Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring
Franz Schreker, Chamber Symphony

The season opens with a pair of works that have helped define the GCO. Aaron Copland’s captivating ballet score, originally known simply as “Ballet for Martha”, famously features the beautiful shaker melody “Tis a Gift to be Simple.” Franz Schreker’s lush chamber symphony is full of brilliant color and symphonic sweep; reminiscent of the golden age of movie scoring. This work is a true hidden gem and was featured in the GCO’s Chamber Symphonies recording in 2012, which helped earn Blanton Alspaugh the Grammy for Classical Producer of the Year.

Winter Baroque

Sunday, November 20, at 4:00 p.m.

Madison Street United Methodist Church

Bach, Orchestral Suite No. 4
Bach, Magnificat

Two masterpieces composed by J.S. Bach help celebrate the GCO’s 10th anniversary of Winter Baroque programming. The program features dazzling music by the Baroque giant who codified the period in which he lived. The GCO is excited to introduce Dr. Tim Sharp, a talented and experienced choir director. He makes his debut leading the recently renamed Gateway Chorale.

The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 11, at 3:00 p.m.

George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall

 

Ellington, Nutcracker Suite
Tchaikovsky, Selections from Nutcracker

The GCO’s Holiday tradition, a unique take on The Nutcracker ballet tradition, returns for its 3rd year with an orchestra and jazz band. More choreography, more dancers, and more fun await! The Sunday afternoon performance will be a special family program featuring a Sugar Plum Party.

La Pasión 

Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 19, at 4:00 p.m.

George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall

Osvaldo Golijov, La Pasión según San Marcos

Back by popular demand, this genre-blending work electrified our audience in March 2022. GCO is thrilled to reunite this captivating blend of cultures, supported by an all-star cast for a performance that truly defies description. Golijov’s work for chorus, orchestra, vocal soloists, and dancers stands out as one of the most important works of the last 50 years. Salsa, flamenco, Gregorian chant, and various folk styles are blended masterfully in this rarely presented work.

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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.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra Announces Interim Executive Director and Choral Director

July 27, 2022

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Clarksville's Gateway Chamber Orchestra is excited to announce the hiring of Summer Fuchs as its new Interim Executive Director and Tim Sharp as the GCO Choral Director. Both bring their talent and expertise from prestigious organizations across the USA and beyond to enhance the growth and progress of the highly acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated Gateway Chamber Orchestra. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Summer Fuchs and Tim Sharp into these important leadership roles”, says GCO Music Director Gregory Wolynec. "Our orchestra and chorus have evolved dramatically, particularly over the challenging last few years. As the organization continues to refine its offerings, we look to increase both our national and regional presence. I cannot imagine two better partners to help us at this exciting and important time.” 

Summer Fuchs is a licensed attorney with more than a decade of experience in nonprofit administration and arts management and a track record of maximizing responsible growth. Summer provides consulting services to artists and nonprofit administrators on various matters, including union relations, budgeting, immigration, intellectual property, touring, product endorsement, marketing, and business development initiatives. 

Before her professional experience in arts administration, Summer's experience with the performing arts began as a dancer. She was enrolled in dance classes at the age of three and continued dancing through college, touring across Europe and North America for multiple seasons with the International Folk Dance Ensemble (IFDE) out of Brigham Young University. While performing with the IFDE, she obtained a bachelor's degree and then graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School. After admission to the Utah State Bar, Summer began working at Ballet West in Salt Lake City, where she managed various legal initiatives as well as several streams of business revenue.

 

Under her management, Ballet West's touring program experienced tremendous growth with a significant expansion in operating budget and tours to multiple venues in NYC, repeat appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and a historic tour to Cuba. During her time acting as Interim Administrative Director of the Ballet West Academy, she improved the budgeting process, streamlined systems, and launched a new satellite location which significantly increased the organization's revenue. 

Before stepping into the role of Interim Executive Director of the GCO, Summer proudly served on the GCO board of directors for six years. During that time, she also worked as a consultant for various performing arts organizations and individual artists, advising her clients' business initiatives. 

She has led and participated in panel discussions for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Youth America Grand Prix, and has appeared as a guest lecturer for law students interested in careers in the arts. 

Like many in the Clarksville Community, Summer was brought here by the Army when she married her husband, stationed at Ft. Campbell as a Green Beret with the 5th Special Forces Group. She is a proud mom to two young boys who help fill her home with music, dancing, and plenty of laughter.                                   

 

Fun Fact: Summer appears on a few episodes of the television series Breaking Pointe produced by the BBC and aired on the CW Network.
 

Summer is excited to work with the GCO to build a strong foundation as it moves into its next growth phase. 

Conductor/composer Tim Sharp, DMA, completed thirteen years as Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, the world's largest professional choral organization. Tim led ACDA to innovations that changed the course of this professional association for the 21st century. While in Oklahoma, Tim was Artistic Director and Conductor of the Tulsa Chorale, a 100-voice civic chorus, performing the major choral repertoire of the choral/orchestral canon. Dr. Sharp remains on the Executive Board of the International Federation for Choral Music and the World Choral Council, representing choral music in North America. These associations have taken him to six continents and China over twenty-five times, performing and lecturing. 

Tim has authored 17 books, the most recent being Sacred Choral Music Repertoire: Insights for Conductors. Dr. Sharp has conducted and performed the major choral/orchestral works of JS Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, CPE Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rheinberger, Bruckner, Saint-Saens, Faure, Ravel, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Finzi, Barber, and Thompson. He works with John Rutter regularly at New York's Carnegie Hall and other contemporary choral composers, Christopher Theofanidis, John Tavener, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Karl Jenkins, Bob Chilcott, John Williams, and Arvo Part. 

A Bluefield University and Belmont University graduate, Tim received the "outstanding alumni" award from both schools. He completed his graduate and doctoral work in 1981 at The School of Church Music, Louisville, Kentucky. Further studies include the Aspen Music School (conducting), Harvard University (musicology), and the University of Cambridge (U.K.) as a Life Fellow of Clare Hall. He contributed the choral work for A Glen Campbell Christmas, which won a Dove Award for Best Country Album and a Grammy nomination for Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album. In addition, the recording Come Away to the Skies with his professional ensemble "Kentucky Harmony" was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2020 in the category of Gospel Roots. 

Since returning to Nashville in 2020, Sharp has been guest conductor of the Nashville Concert Chorale and Music Director at Immanuel Baptist Church.       

 

Fun Fact: He also formed and prepared the supporting choir for the Eagles' "Hotel California" tour. Tim works from his farm in Hickory Point (Montgomery County, TN), where he and his family have a small herd of cattle, goats, alpacas, chickens, two cats, a donkey, and "Darby," a four-month-old Labrador Retriever. 

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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.

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

February 24, 2022

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Gateway Chamber Orchestra announces a landmark performance of Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s work, La Pasión según San Marcos (St. Mark Passion) at The George and Sharon Mabry Hall, located on the Austin Peay State University campus. Performances will be held Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 20, at 4 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 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 Gonzalez-Fernandez, 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.

For tickets, go to https://www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com/tickets.

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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 two Middle Tennessee homes – the George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and the Franklin Theatre in Franklin. 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.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra Presenta
Actuación Histórica de ‘La Pasión’

24 de febrero de 2022

Clarksville, TN – Gateway Chamber Orchestra anuncia una interpretación histórica de la obra del compositor argentino Osvaldo Golijov, La Pasión según San Marcos (St. Mark's Passion) en la sala de concierto: The George and Sharon Mabry Hall, ubicado en el campus de Austin Peay State University. Las funciones se realizarán el sábado 19 de marzo a las 19:30 horas y el domingo 20 de marzo a las 16:00 horas.

 

El director musical Gregory Wolynec dice: “La obra maestra de Golijov para coro, orquesta, es una increíble variedad de percusión, solistas vocales y bailarines. Es tambien una de las obras más importantes de los últimos 50 años y representa nuestra empresa más ambiciosa, ¡hasta la fecha! Únase a nosotros para esta actuación inspiradora; es una mezcla cautivadora de culturas, apoyada por un elenco estelar”.


Esta respuesta multicultural a la Pasión según San Mateo de Bach combina tango, salsa y percusión africana en una narración completamente nueva de la historia de la Pasión. El sensacional estreno recibió una ovación de pie de 25 minutos por parte de la gente que quedó cautivada por esta versión latinoamericana de la historia de la Pasión. Alex Ross de The New Yorker dijo que "Cae como una bomba sobre la creencia de que la música clásica es un arte exclusivamente europeo."

 

La producción de GCO presenta a Reynaldo González-Fernández, quien estrenó el papel principal, y Mikael Ringquist, quien creó gran parte de la música de percusión. Con su mezcla sin esfuerzo de lenguajes clásicos, jazz y populares, las actuaciones requieren fuerzas tremendamente diversas. Hasta la fecha, la obra solo se ha presentado en grandes centros culturales como Nueva York, Boston y Los Ángeles. Este es un evento del que los amantes de la música de Middle Tennessee hablarán durante años.


La Pasión


Sábado,19 de marzo, 19:30
Domingo, 20 de marzo, 16:00
George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall – Clarksville, Tenn.

Osvaldo Golijov, La Pasión según San Marcos


El concierto se llevará a cabo en el George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall en el campus
de Austin Peay State University.


Entradas: https://www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com/tickets


Los asistentes al concierto estarán cuidadosamente espaciados en la sala de conciertos para el distanciamiento social. El GCO continuará siguiendo las pautas y protocolos de los CDC durante toda la temporada.

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Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) es una institución cultural estadounidense reconocida a nivel nacional comprometida con enriquecer vidas a través de conciertos innovadores, grabaciones distintivas y programas educativos inspiradores. Dirigida por Gregory Wolynec, la GCO se complace en tener dos hogares en el centro de Tennessee: George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall en el campus de Austin Peay State University en Clarksville y The Franklin Theatre en Franklin. El conjunto debutó en el otoño de 2008 y se ha convertido en una orquesta de cámara de modelo clásico compuesta por destacados músicos sinfónicos, músicos de grabación y profesores universitarios de Middle Tennessee y más allá, que se deleitan en llevar su pasión compartida por la mejor música del mundo a la comunidad.  Visite: www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com

Gateway Chamber Orchestra Announces 2022 Spring Season “Lift Every Voice”

December 14, 2021

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Gateway Chamber Orchestra invites Middle Tennesseans to celebrate classical music in Clarksville with the “Lift Every Voice” 2022 Spring Concert Series. GCO presents three unique programs which will inspire your dreams, arouse your emotions, and warm your heart.


Clarksville performances will be held at the George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the Austin Peay State University campus. In addition, GCO will present one special Monday evening performance on Valentine's Day at The Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN.


Give yourself or friends and family the gift of music this year. Single tickets and season subscriptions are now available.


“This is the most ambitious collection of works we have ever considered presenting” said Music Director Gregory Wolynec. “We knew that it was important that our programs make a statement about our priorities and ambitions as we return to the stage.”


Season Subscriptions and Single Tickets for Clarksville Available Here: www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com/tickets


Concert attendees will be thoughtfully spaced throughout the performance venues for social distancing. The GCO will continue to follow CDC guidelines and protocols as the season progresses.

"LIFT EVERY VOICE" CONCERT SERIES

ROMANTIC MELODIES
Sunday, February 13, 4:00 pm

George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall - Clarksville, Tenn.


Jessie Montgomery, Banner
George Walker, Lyric for Strings
Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings


In our first masterworks program in over two years, we are delighted to present an evening of impassioned music for strings. Jessie Montgomery’s Banner provides a perfect reflection on the time that has passed since our last program. George Walker’s achingly beautiful Lyric sets the stage for Tchaikovsky’s great masterpiece filled with radiant melodies.

 


LA PASIÓN
Saturday, March 19, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 20, 4:00 pm
George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall - Clarksville, Tenn.


Osvaldo Golijov, La Pasión según San Marcos


This landmark performance represents the most ambitious undertaking in the history of the GCO. Golijov’s work for chorus, orchestra, vocal soloists, and dancers is one of the most important works of the last 50 years. This tribute to Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is a captivating blending of cultures and is supported by an all-star cast.

 


RESURRECTION
Saturday, April 23, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 24, 4:00 pm
George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall - Clarksville, Tenn.


Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”

(adapted for smaller orchestra by Gilbert Kaplan)


Our spring programming ends with one of the grandest works ever written. From the opening funeral march to the closing strains of triumph, Mahler’s portrait of everlasting renewal is the perfect reflection on the times we have endured and the future we envision. Massive orchestral and choral forces are gathered for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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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 two Middle Tennessee homes – the George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and the Franklin Theatre in Franklin. 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.

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

December 1, 2021

CLARKSVILLE, TN – 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, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 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, go to the Gateway Chamber Orchestra website or call 931-444-6240.

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About Gateway Chamber Orchestra 
The Gateway Chamber Orchestra is an American ensemble that performs regularly in Middle Tennessee under the direction of Music Director Gregory Wolynec. The GCO has been recognized for its inspired classical and contemporary musical offerings, innovative educational initiatives and numerous world-class recordings. Ensemble members include leading professionals from around the Southeast including symphony musicians, recording artists and the performance faculty at Austin Peay State University. Visit https://www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com/.  

Gateway Chamber Orchestra to present America’s Haydn Festival online

May 7, 2021

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) presents its third 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, on May 13 and 16 and May 20 and 23.

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.

 

GCO Music Director and Conductor Gregory Wolynec says, “We wanted to create a series of programs based on Haydn, but not exclusively, that would also feature works by underrepresented composers and performed by distinctive artists. Haydn’s music reveals something new every time, from a sense of wit and lightheartedness, to deep intensity. We want audiences to understand how exciting and invigorating Haydn’s music can be as well as its relevance 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 $20 for a weekend pass or $30 for a festival pass with full access to the performances. Purchase tickets directly at https://www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com/haydnfest.

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About Gateway Chamber Orchestra 
The Gateway Chamber Orchestra is an American ensemble that performs regularly in Middle Tennessee under the direction of Music Director Gregory Wolynec. The GCO has been recognized for its inspired classical and contemporary musical offerings, innovative educational initiatives and numerous world-class recordings. Ensemble members include leading professionals from around the Southeast including symphony musicians, recording artists and the performance faculty at Austin Peay State University. Visit https://www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com/.  

Gateway Chamber Orchestra Celebrates Beethoven@250: Humanity In 2020 With A Virtual Streaming Concert

December 1, 2020

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) presents Beethoven@250: Humanity in 2020, a free streaming online musical event celebrating composer Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. CT. The virtual concert also honors the works of two groundbreaking composers in classical music: George Walker, the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize, and Jessie Montgomery, one of the most energetic and inspiring interpreters of the American ethos.

The performance, recorded in beautiful Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University, is a fitting soundtrack to a momentous year. From the centennial anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the rise of the pandemic to the outcry for social justice, 2020 has made a distinctive mark on humanity. The GCO captures this sentiment in an evening of moving performances that embody "tragedy to triumph," a theme made famous by classical music's most revolutionary composer.

Beethoven@250: Humanity in 2020 is the first virtual concert to be performed and streamed on YouTube by GCO. The team determined if they social distanced and followed guidelines on safety for wind instruments they would be able to stage a program that could be streamed. GCO will partner with videographer Rick Godwin to capture stunning visuals of the performance and GRAMMY award winning Soundmirror in Boston for sound production.

As GCO conductor Gregory Wolynec explains, the program attempts to look at Beethoven@250 through a 2020 lens. The program opens with Beethoven's dramatic and fiery "Coriolan Overture" which leads to a beautiful, noble second theme. It was written for a tragedy and instead of a heroic ending there is a pause followed by a very quiet, mysterious ending.

Walker's "Lyric for Strings," originally titled "Lament" was written as a tribute to his late grandmother when he was only 24 years old. The emotions that he felt while composing the piece are palpable in the music. The joyous "Starburst," by Montgomery, one of the most prominent emerging composers in America, fits the bill perfectly to pay tribute to the anniversary of women earning the right to vote. The program concludes with Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7 in A," one of the finest orchestral works ever written from the optimistic first movement to the iconic second movement through the wild romp of the finale.

"This is a concert with a unique perspective allowing us to tackle more overlooked and contemporary works as well," says Gregory Wolynec, conductor, Gateway Chamber Orchestra. "Celebrating Beethoven within the context of such a tumultuous 2020 felt like the responsible way to handle the dramatically changed world that we now find ourselves in. We hope to provide something thoughtful and uplifting to our established audience while also introducing our talented musicians to a broader audience."

Register on Eventbrite to watch Beethoven@250: Humanity in 2020, a free virtual concert to be streamed on YouTube. It is recommended to watch the performance in a home theater environment with the best speakers available. The GCO encourages families to host a virtual watch party and celebrate Beethoven by submitting photos to our Facebook page using the hashtag #beethoven250.

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About Gateway Chamber Orchestra 
The Gateway Chamber Orchestra is an American ensemble that performs regularly in Middle Tennessee under the direction of Music Director Gregory Wolynec. The GCO has been recognized for its inspired classical and contemporary musical offerings, innovative educational initiatives and numerous world-class recordings. Ensemble members include leading professionals from around the Southeast including symphony musicians, recording artists and the performance faculty at Austin Peay State University. Visit https://www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com/.  

Gateway Chamber Orchestra united great music, engaging stories and music learning for area school children

October 30, 2020

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra’s mission includes serving the community in innovative ways, bringing musical culture to those around them. Even during a pandemic, the GCO has found new ways to achieve this goal. The school year has changed drastically, but the GCO will still reach elementary school-aged children with a new, free video project that pairs award-winning children’s books with great music.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Nashville Predators Foundation, the GCO’s Magical Music & Timeless Tales offers children in grades 3-5 in Montgomery and Williamson County schools joyful and educational content with these delightful videos.

Each video episode includes a child’s book reading interspersed with specially selected music played by GCO musicians. Supplemental instructional materials prepared by classroom music teachers accompany each video. Episodes will release every other week beginning October 2020 through March 2021 and are accessible through district online resources.

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For more information about the GCO, visit gatewaychamberorchestra.com. The GCO is a nationally-recognized cultural institution committed to enriching lives through innovative concerts, distinctive recordings and inspiring educational programs. Led by Music Director Gregory Wolynec, the GCO performs in two permanent homes – The George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and The Franklin Theatre in Franklin.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra plays their part by staying apart

August 4, 2020

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 send 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 GCO is a nationally-recognized cultural institution committed to enriching lives through innovative concerts, distinctive recordings and inspiring educational programs. Conducted by Gregory Wolynec, the GCO performs in two permanent homes – the Franklin Theatre in Franklin and the George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.