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“RUN FREE: THE TRUE STORY OF CABALLO BLANCO” TO PREMIERE IN NASHVILLE ON MARCH 16

“Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco,” a feature-length documentary about ultra-running legend Micah True, will screen at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN, on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. The one-night-only event is sponsored by the Nashville Striders running club.

Micah True, better known as Caballo Blanco – the White Horse – was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” about the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico. Also known as the Rarámuri, or Running People, they are some of the best long-distance runners in the world.

Caballo Blanco was an enigmatic visionary who lived and ran with the Tarahumara after moving to remote Copper Canyon in the 1990s, and who created the fifty-mile Copper Canyon Ultra-Marathon to honor their running traditions and aid in their sustainability. Now in its thirteenth year, the race attracts hundreds of local Tarahumara to the village of Urique to compete alongside some of the best runners in the world. All race finishers receive five hundred pounds of corn, which the international runners traditionally donate to the local Tarahumara, commemorating the spirit of sharing, or “kórima,” which is a way of life among the natives of Copper Canyon.

The documentary is directed by Sterling Noren, a filmmaker from Seattle who met Micah True in 2009. Most of the material for the film was recorded in the weeks leading up to the 2012 race. Shortly after that race, Micah True disappeared in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico during his daily run, prompting ultra-runners from all over the country to drop everything and join in the search. His body was recovered several days later, found on a trail in a deserted canyon by some of his friends.

“We wanted to tell the story of Micah True in a way that was exciting and authentic, so that viewers could get a sense of what an amazing and inspiring person he was,” said Noren. “Micah’s vision lives on and his legacy is honored in this film. The film shares Micah’s compelling message of love, hope and kórima with the world while helping sustain the people and culture that meant so much to him. We’re honored to be part of this project and are committed to keeping Micah’s mission alive.”

“Micah’s genuine passion for honoring the sacred running traditions of the Tarahumara people was the essence of his being,” said Maria Walton, executive producer of the film and Micah True’s girlfriend at the time of his death. “We made this film to share Micah’s vision of hope for the Tarahumara culture and empower people everywhere with his joy of running.”

The 90-minute film recently won the 2015 Bud Greenspan Memorial Film and Video Award, presented by the Track & Field Writers of America. In addition, the film also was named winner of the prestigious Award of Excellence from the IndieFEST Film Awards, which recognizes film, television and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, contributing to profound social change. The IndieFEST Film Awards said of its latest winners, “The IndieFEST is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries,” of which Run Free was singled out for its creative excellence.

The film was also named the Best Documentary at the 2015 Arizona International Film Festival.

Most recently, the film won a silver medal at the 2015 Spotlight Documentary Film Awards, which designated Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco as one of the top 250 independent documentaries produced anywhere in the world in 2015.

A percentage of the film’s profits, including from DVD sales, will go to benefit Norawas de Rarámuri (Friends of the Running People), the non-profit agency founded by Micah True to preserve traditional Tarahumara culture. Norawas de Rarámuri works to provide maize, non-GMO seed corn, and cash awards for participating Tarahumara runners, both men and women alike. On this way, the organization offers Tarahumara families nutrition during drought and support for a tradition of small farms necessary to both physical and cultural survival.

Tickets for the event are $11 in advance at www.franklintheatre.com/tickets/more or $15 at the door the night of the show. There is a $2 per ticket preservation fee charged by the theater and online ordered are assessed a $3 transaction fee. The Franklin Theatre is located at 419 Main St. in Franklin.

The largest running club in Middle Tennessee with more than 1,000 members, the Nashville Striders running club is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote running, walking and general fitness as lifelong endeavors. The club’s aim is to help runners achieve their fitness goals, whether as a primarily social runner to the most competitive runner. For more information, go to www.nashvillestriders.com.

For more information about the film, go to www.runfreemovie.com.

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For more information or to arrange interviews with principals of the film, contact promoter Garry Harrington at gharrington3165@hotmail.com or 603-209-5010.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra presents Enchanting Tales

Franklin, TN (January 26, 2016) Gateway Chamber Orchestra proudly presents Enchanting Tales, 7:30 pm, February 8, at the Franklin Theatre. The Monday evening concert spotlights award-winning composer Jeffrey Wood’s world premiere of Different BodiesThe performance opens with Rossini’s charming Il signor Bruschino Overture, taking the audience through a full spectrum of contrasting musical fables and emotional tales, concluding with Maurice Ravel’s popular Mother Goose, a magical work that tells the story of Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales.

 

Inspired by Kenneth Sherman’s book written about the infamous Elephant Man, Different Bodies, features acclaimed baritone, Jeffrey Williams. Composer Wood says, “Sherman’s book gives a personal point of view that allows Joseph Merrick a voice that is at once tragic and ironic: Sherman’s Merrick is a man fully aware of his strange appearance and bizarre life but oddly still able to embrace his peculiar reality.

 

At the same time, Sherman manages to make this most unusual individual a kind of Everyman: a marginalized person, an outsider looking in; physically unable to be part of the world around him, but ultimately unable to distance himself entirely from it. He contemplates his place in the day to day life of the world around him, trying to understand humanity from his unique perspective as an outsider to that humanity, while at the same time still being a part of it. Sherman’s Elephant Man is more than the sum of Merrick’s life and extraordinary physical appearance: it is a deeply human story.”
Enchanting Tales with Jeffrey Williams, baritone
Monday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. 
The Franklin Theatre

 

Giochinno Rossini – Il signor Bruschino Overture
Jeffrey Wood – Different Bodies (world première)
Maurice Ravel – Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose)

 

FEBRUARY 8, 2016, Single CONCERT Tickets:
Adults: $25 | $30 | $40 | Student/Active: $15 • $20 • $30
Tickets for February 8 concert: CLICK HERE

 
SPRING SUBSCRIPTION SERIES PRICING (Two concerts*Best Value)
Adults: $40 | $50 | $65
Student/Military: $24 | $32.50 | $50
Two-concert series: Spring Subscriptions are available by phone at (615) 538-2076, and online by clicking HERE

Box Office hours: Sunday & Monday, Noon-5:00 pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
JEFFREY WOOD did his undergraduate work in composition and piano at Oberlin College and graduate work at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he earned Master’s degrees in piano and composition and a Ph.D. in composition, working under Gilbert Kalish and David Lewin.

 

Wood’s compositions have been performed and recorded throughout the country and have received many awards including those from BMI, ASCAP, as well as the Bates Memorial Prize. He was the highest prizewinner at the Stroud Festival International Competition in Great Britain and was named Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teacher’s National Association. Wood was one of eight composers awarded in the 1995 Young American’s Art Song Competition sponsored by G. Schirmer/Associated Music Publishers. Wood’s oratorio Lamentationes Ieremiæ Prophetæ (Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet)for chorus, soloists and orchestra was premièred at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. This work was subsequently nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

 

Wood has held the Individual Artist Fellowship in Composition from the Tennessee Arts Commission and was awarded the Richard M. Hawkins Award for scholarship and creativity by Austin Peay State University. As a pianist Wood has worked with composers such as Roger Sessions, Thea Musgrave, Mario Davidovsky, Frederic Goossen, Alan Hovhaness and Ernst Křenek in performances of their keyboard music. He is presently Professor of Music at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

 

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The Gateway Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Gregory Wolynec, was formed in 2008 and is recognized as one of the leading new American ensembles. Comprised of professional musicians from Middle Tennessee and beyond, the GCO specializes in presenting traditional masterworks, overlooked treasures, and contemporary American compositions. The GCO’s recordings have received critical acclaim in publications such as the American Record Guide and Fanfare Magazine. Engaging 5,000 Middle Tennessee students annually with classical music through free performances, innovative educational outreach, and interactive Children’s Concerts, the GCO is committed to building new audiences for tomorrow. Visit gatewaychamberorchestra.com to learn more.

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FRANKLIN THEATRE GETS IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

Live Music and Christmas Film Fest Featured

FRANKLIN, Tennessee (October 14, 2015) – The marquee of the Franklin Theatre shines every day, but always seems to lift the spirits a little more during the Christmas season. Lights and wreaths will adorn the façade nearer to Thanksgiving, but tickets for events inside the historic landmark are already on sale.

A variety of live concerts and classic holiday-themed movies will again celebrate the venue’s 78-year tradition that is always a highlight for families and friends to enjoy.

Among the award winning musical artists slated for December are Mandy Barnett (Dec. 5), John Scofield & Jon Cleary (Dec. 10), Melinda Dolittle (Dec. 11), Suzy Bogguss (Dec. 12), John Berry (Dec. 15), Exile (Dec. 17), Phil Vassar (Dec. 18), Asleep at the Wheel (Dec. 19), and Cab Calloway Orchestra with two shows on New Year’s Eve.

Plans are also in the works for an extra special evening (Dec. 21) of songs and stories entitled “Simply Christmas” to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Franklin Theatre also announces a lineup of holiday films such as Polar Express, Elf, Grinch, Home Alone, It’s A Wonderful Life, and White Christmas. Though many are staples on television, there’s nothing like seeing them on the big screen where they originally came to life. A holiday movie on Main Street is an entirely different event when enjoyed with so many others.

“The holidays are a special time to create new memories and remember old ones with people you care about and want to enjoy special experiences with,” says executive director Dan Hays. “It’s a special time to get together and great music and the stories in film help us touch people with unique experiences. We’ve put together a calendar with the hope to get everyone in the spirit of the season.”

 

LIVE EVENT DATES

12/5      Mandy Barnett

12/10    John Scofield & Jon Cleary

12/11    Melinda Dolittle

12/12    Suzy Bogguss

12/15    John Berry

12/17    Exile – Chrismas CD Release Concert

12/18    Phil Vassar

12/19    Asleep at the Wheel

12/21    “Simply Christmas”

12/31    Cab Calloway Orchestra (Two Shows)

 

MOVIE DATES

11/21-11/25     Polar Express

11/22-11/25     Love Actually

11/23-11/25     Elf

11/25-11/25     Planes, Trains and Automobiles

11/27-11/29     How the Grinch Stole Christmas

11/29-12/01     Scrooged

12/02-12/03     Christmas Vacation

12/03-12/04     Die Hard

12/05-12/07     Home Alone

12/08-12/09     It’s A Wonderful Life

12/12,19,26      Elf

12/20-12/25     White Christmas

12/22-12/26     Holiday Inn

 

TICKETS

Tickets for all shows are available by calling the Franklin Theatre box office at 615-538-2076 or online at www.franklintheatre.com.  Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged due to holiday demand.

GIFT CARDS

Available in any denomination and valid for any theatre event or concessions, Franklin Theatre gift cards are available to purchase at the box office (in person) or by calling (615) 538-2076.

BALCONY RENTALS

Private groups may rent the Franklin Theatre’s 44-seat balcony for movies and concerts (based on availability) by calling 615-538-2083. No additional fees are associated with balcony rentals for pre-existing events. Balcony rentals include a private bar and restrooms.

 

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For further information, contact:

Brian Solomon

brian@franklintheatre.com

615-538-2079

Gateway Chamber Orchestra Single Tickets Available Now

Gateway Chamber Orchestra Single Tickets Available Now

Franklin, TN. (August 31, 2015)  The Gateway Chamber Orchestra announces tickets to individual concerts are on sale now. The GCO delivers an exciting mix of new music and adventurous programming paired with classical masterpieces and rarely heard musical treasures. The 2015-16 season will focus on talented Middle Tennessee composers, showcasing their exceptional musicality and bold themes. The GCO debuts its performances in the historic Franklin Theatre this season! In addition, a portion of each student ticket will be donated to Williamson County Schools to fund musical programming and education.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra Concert tickets and subscriptions are available now via the Franklin Theatre. Order tickets and subscriptions online at http://www.franklintheatre.com or by phone at (615) 538-2076.

Box Office hours: Sunday/Monday, Noon-5:00 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am-6:00 pm

Adult Tickets: $25 • $30 • $40 

Student/Active Military Admission: $15 • $20 • $30

GCO Music Director Gregory Wolynec says, “I am so excited to share the tremendous musical gifts these composers bring, the incredible abilities of the GCO musicians and the vibrant energy that is created between the musicians and the audience during our concerts. Get to know the GCO! You’ll be glad you did.”

Opening Night with Schubert and Haydn presented by the Williamson Herald, kicks off the 2015-16 Franklin Season, Monday, September 21, at 7:30 pm. 

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra hosts an evening of music inspired by dance. Nashville-based Cristina Spinei premieres her new chamber orchestra arrangement of Strut. Schubert’s graceful Symphony No. 3 still sounds fresh – even as the piece turns 200 years old this year. Honoring the 150th birthday of Jean Sibelius, the GCO performs one of his signature works. Rounding out the evening, Haydn’s cheerful Symphony No. 88 will send everyone home whistling the famous finale. Adult tickets are priced beginning at $25 and up, with special pricing for students and active military.

 

Cristina Spinei – Strut (world première)

Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 3 in D Major

Jean Sibelius – Valse Triste

Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 88 in G Major

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The Gateway Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Gregory Wolynec, was formed in 2008 and is recognized as one of the leading new American ensembles. Comprised of professional musicians from Middle Tennessee and beyond, the GCO specializes in presenting traditional masterworks, overlooked treasures, and contemporary American compositions. The GCO’s recordings have received critical acclaim in publications such as the American Record Guide and Fanfare Magazine. Engaging 5,000 Middle Tennessee students annually with classical music through free performances, innovative educational outreach, and interactive Children’s Concerts, the GCO is committed to building new audiences for tomorrow. Visit gatewaychamberorchestra.com to learn more.

 

Gateway Chamber Orchestra Announces 2015-16 Season

Gateway Chamber Orchestra Announces 2015-16 Season

Partnering with the Franklin Theatre,

Premiere Season in Williamson County

 

Franklin, TN (July 23, 2015) Gateway Chamber Orchestra partners with the Franklin Theatre to announce its new home in the historic Main Street venue. After performing in multiple locations throughout the Nashville area since 2008, the GCO opens the 2015-16 season with the Franklin Theatre as its home. Subscription series are available now by calling the Franklin Theatre at (615) 538-2076 or online athttp://www.franklintheatre.com.

The world-class Gateway Chamber Orchestra presents its 2015-16 season with well known masterworks including Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Beethoven’s powerful Eroica Symphony and Ravel’s mesmerizing score to Mother Goose. The orchestra will premiere music by Juilliard-trained composer Cristina Spinei as well as the world premiere of Different Bodies, by the award-winning composer Jeffrey Wood, which features baritone Jeffrey Williams. The season concludes with a new-music orchestral song-cycle by Judd Greenstein, written for indie-rock vocalist DM Stith. This exhilarating new work, commissioned in collaboration with the Detroit Symphony and North Carolina Symphony is set to the poetry of Walt Whitman, and celebrates home and one’s community.

The GCO has been a growing classical presence in Clarksville and Nashville since 2008. Offering performances with accomplished musicians who sparkle with enthusiasm, dynamic masterworks, lost treasures, and contemporary American composers, the GCO offers a tantalizing array of musical treats.

Gateway Chamber Music Director Gregory Wolynec says, “As the Gateway Chamber Orchestra continues to build a loyal following since launching our first Nashville season in the fall of 2013, it was imperative that we find the best possible home for our audience to enjoy a dynamic concert experience with our talented musicians. The Franklin Theatre is a stunning venue with terrific acoustics, and offers a great box office experience with easy access to free parking for our audience in Williamson and Davidson Counties.”

Subscriptions for the four-concert series begin at $80 for Adults and $40 for Students and Military. A portion of each student ticket will go directly back to Williamson County Schools for music education. Subscriptions are available now.

Come join us and hear what all the buzz is about – Get to know the GCO!

For additional information about the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, educational outreach programs or its Clarksville performances, visit www.GatewayChamberOrchestra.com.

The 2015-16 Season Masterworks Concert Series

Monday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m.

The Franklin Theatre

Opening Night with Schubert and Haydn

 

Cristina SpineiStrut (world première)

Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 3 in D Major

Jean SibeliusValse Triste

Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 88 in G Major

 

Join the Gateway Chamber Orchestra for an evening of music inspired by dance. Nashville-based Cristina Spinei premieres her new chamber orchestra arrangement of Strut. Schubert’s graceful Symphony No. 3 still sounds fresh – even as the piece turns 200 years old this year. Honoring the 150th birthday of Jean Sibelius, the GCO performs one of his signature works. Haydn’s cheerful Symphony No. 88 will send everyone home whistling the famous finale.

Monday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m.

The Franklin Theatre

Quintessential Mozart

 

Clarence Cameron WhiteElegy

Bela Bartók – Divertimento for Strings

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G Minor

 

The GCO reaffirms the talent of Middle Tennessee native violinist and composer Clarence Cameron White with a performance of his peaceful Elegy. Bartók’s masterpiece for strings highlights soloists within the chamber orchestra with a joyful finish. The grand finale of Mozart’s sublime symphony enchants and energizes; don’t be surprised when its light and buoyant tempo has you secretly tapping your toes!

Monday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The Franklin Theatre

Enchanting Tales with Jeffrey Williams, baritone

 

Giochinno RossiniIl signor Bruschino Overture

Jeffrey WoodDifferent Bodies (world première)

Maurice RavelMa mère l’oye (Mother Goose)

 

Rossini’s charming overture contrasts against Jeffrey Wood’s brooding world premiere; based on texts inspired by the Elephant Man. The GCO presents a full spectrum of contrasting musical fables and emotional tales, concluding with Ravel’s colorful Mother Goose, an enchanting garden of magic.

Monday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The Franklin Theatre

Our City with DM Stith, vocalist

 

Judd GreensteinMannahatta

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Eroica

 

The GCO pulls out all the stops for this exhilarating season conclusion. Judd Greenstein’s original score set to the poetry of Walt Whitman features the vocal acrobatics of genre blending DM Stith. Beethoven’s mighty Eroica Symphony captures the spirit of the GCO ranging from intimate sensitivity to inspirational exuberance.

 

Subscription Packages

Masterworks Concert Series (Four concerts)

Adults: $80 | $100 | $130

Students and Active Military $50 | $65 | $100

*Tickets for single concerts are also available.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra Concert tickets are handled directly by the Franklin Theatre.

Address: 419 Main St, Franklin, TN   ·   Telephone: (615) 538-2076

Website:http://www.franklintheatre.com   ·Contact: boxoffice@franklintheatre.com

Box Office hours:

Sunday & Monday, Noon – 5:00 PM, Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

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About The Gateway Chamber Orchestra: Conducted by Gregory Wolynec, the GCO was formed in 2008 and is recognized as one of the leading new American ensembles. Comprised of professional musicians from Middle Tennessee and beyond, the GCO specializes in presenting traditional masterworks, overlooked treasures, and contemporary American compositions. The GCO’s recordings have received critical acclaim in publications such as the American Record Guide and Fanfare Magazine. Engaging 5,000 Middle Tennessee students annually with classical music through free performances, innovative educational outreach, and interactive Children’s Concerts, the GCO is committed to building new audiences for tomorrow. Visit GatewayChamberOrchestra.com to learn more.

 

About Franklin Theatre: The Franklin Theatre’s story began in the summer of 1937 when the marquee first illuminated Main Street showcasing the silver screen’s most popular characters. Reopened in 2011, the Franklin Theatre now charms the city of Franklin as a premier music venue bringing top-tier talent from around the world.

 

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For more information:

Laurie Davis

615.491.5102

ladvol@hotmail.com