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Gateway Chamber Orchestra Announces 2015-16 Season

Partnering with the Franklin Theatre for Premiere Season in Williamson County


Franklin, TN (July 20, 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 at


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, 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


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 will go on sale Aug 17, 2015.



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

Address: 419 Main St, Franklin, TN

Telephone: (615) 538-2076



Box Office hours:

Sunday & Monday, Noon – 5:00 PM

Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM


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 to learn more.



It’s Showtime at the Franklin Theatre

The little known star of the Franklin Theatre is finally getting its time in the spotlight. Since 2012 the Showtime Premium Chocolate Bar has enhanced the theatre experience for those that have been lucky enough to partake. A previously under-the-radar item, the Showtime Bar is now in a starring role.

Exclusively made for and available at the Franklin Theatre, the Showtime Premium Chocolate Bar includes dark chocolate, crushed almonds, a dash of sea salt and caramel throughout.

Not only is the Showtime Premium Chocolate Bar produced exclusively for the Franklin Theatre, it’s made locally. Created in partnership with Schakolad Chocolate Factory, the bar itself went through several revisions before landing on the recipe that is sold today. It’s a chocolate bar made by chocolate lovers for chocolate lovers.

Through August, or while supplies last, a free movie ticket (some restrictions apply*) is included on the inside of the wrapper. Showtime Bars may be purchased for only $5 while attending events or at the box office. Free movie tickets are good through October 25, 2015.

A Showtime Bar is the perfect companion to a summer movie. Several summer classics are slated for late Summer performances.

Back To The Future—Celebrating Marty McFly’s time-traveling arrival into the future in 2015—July 20, 2015

Funny Girl–In this bittersweet, classic musical drama, the vibrant and beautiful young Fanny Brice starts out as a bit player on the New York City vaudeville stage, but works her way up to stardom on Broadway. Valued for her vocal and comedic talents by the renowned theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, Fanny thrives, but her relationship with her suave, imprisoned businessman husband, Nick Arnstein, is another story. July 21, 2015

The Breakfast Club – 30th Anniversary of five strangers with nothing in common but each other—Aug. 3, 2015

Movies On Main Street has been a tradition on Franklin since 1937. Restored and reopened in 2011, The Franklin Theatre in its current incarnation continues that tradition. ­­­

*Not valid for holiday movies, special screenings, or movies hosted by other groups at the Franklin Theatre.


Admission Price Increase on Some Movies

The Franklin Theatre will be increasing admission fees for certain categories of movies effective immediately. This marks the first such increase time since the theater reopened in 2011.

While many popular silver screen “classics” and Saturday morning (10 AM) children’s movies will remain at $5 per person; admission for new and recent releases will increase as follows:

$7 for adults

$6 for children (ages 18 and under) *

$6 for seniors (65 and older) *

$6 for active military *

* valid ID required for special rates

“We’ll continue to have a $5 movie tradition, and the new rate to see recent releases is still considerably lower than most options nearby,” according to Executive Director Dan Hays. “The experience of patrons is unique at the Franklin Theatre and keeping prices within range for families is important to us.”

The theater is also increasing “preservation fees” added to ticket charges for movies and all other events. These fees are earmarked to help take care of major repairs and improvements to the theater as it ages.

As the summer movie season draws near, the Franklin Theatre will screen a line-up of fan favorites and a Memorial Day blockbuster. We’ll celebrate with classic titles of romance, coming of age, science fiction, and rites of passage. Pricing for these films remains $5.

  • Pretty Woman—the 25th anniversary of the Julia Roberts and Richard Gere favorite—May 20, 2015
  • Jaws—Kickoff of summer’s fun-filled Shark Week—July 5, 2015
  • The Secret Handshake—Starring Kevin Sorbo, Amy Grant and Mark Collie, men and boys learn together what it takes to be a man.—May 28 at 7pm & May 31 at 1, 4 & 7pm ($7)
  • Back To The Future—Celebrating Marty McFly’s time-traveling arrival into the future in 2015—July 20, 2015
  • The Breakfast Club – 30th Anniversary of five strangers with nothing in common but each other—Aug. 3, 2015
  • Father of the Bride—In honor of the summer wedding season, a celebration of brides and sentimental dads—June 2015 (exact date TBD)

Marvel’s biggest movie of the summer –The Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres at the Franklin Theatre on May 22. We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance.

All movies currently on sale and showtime, as well as other events including music concerts, are available at


Franklin Theatre – A Continued Tradition of Excellence

FRANKLIN, TN — Since its 2011 renovation, the Franklin Theatre has become one of the most important cultural catalysts and social gathering places in middle Tennessee.  The historic venue hosted 635 events last year and it has helped raise more than $2 million for area charities since reopening.

“The Franklin Theater continues to cement its place in downtown Franklin and the hearts of our patrons,” says Mary Pearce of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County.  “We look forward to another exciting year of entertainment” including performances by The Chuck Wagon Gang (Feb. 10), Mac Davis (Feb. 13 & 14), Gretchen Peters (Feb. 27), Mel Tillis (Mar. 13 & 14), Hot Club of Cowtown (Mar. 27) and more.

In 2014, the Franklin Theatre hosted a variety of sold out concerts including Art Garfunkel, Bret Michaels, ASIA, The Bacon Brothers and Sheryl Crow. In addition to live music, the ABC television series Nashville used the Franklin Theatre as a backdrop for several scenes.

The Franklin Theatre averages approximately two events per day and, in addition to live music and movies, is honored to work with schools, students, police and fire departments, senior groups, press conferences, merchant groups, medical societies and major corporations. The venue also features classic Christmas movies as part of its holiday programming. “The Franklin Theatre has quickly become a favorite holiday tradition for many families,” says theater director Dan Hays.

In total, 70,566 patrons were ticketed for events in 2014 and generated an estimated $3.5 million economic impact.  Approximately 12% of patrons were visitors from outside of middle Tennessee and nearly 60% from Williamson County this past year.

Attendees are the theater’s greatest champions as over 98% say they are likely to recommend events hosted at Franklin Theatre to others.  In surveys, 96% rate the quality of programming as “above average” or “excellent.”

Details about upcoming events, arrangements to rent the facilities and how to make a contribution can be found here on the theater’s website or by calling 615-538-2076.


Christmas Film Fest and World-Class Live Music Featured

FRANKLIN, TN – The historic 300-seat Franklin Theatre announced its Christmas entertainment lineup today, featuring a variety of live concerts and classic holiday-themed movies that celebrate the venue’s 75-year tradition.

“Christmas and the holidays are a cherished time.  We’re honored that families and friends make it an annual ritual to spend some time together enjoying live music or a favorite film at the Franklin Theatre,” says theater director Dan Hays.

Among the musical greats scheduled and sponsored by Jackson National Life Insurance for Christmas themed shows are The Blind Boys of Alabama (Dec. 5), Suzy Bogguss (Dec. 12), Phil Vassar (Dec. 13), Tab Benoit with Samantha Fish (Dec. 17), Riders In The Sky (Dec. 20) and two shows with The One and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to ring in the New Year (12/31).

The Franklin Theatre also features a lineup of classic Christmas films.  Working with radio partners Mix 92.9 and 96.3 JACKfm, classics and favorites such as It’s A Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street and Polar Express present a uniquely Franklin experience in the recently restored theater.


12/5            The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show
12/12          Suzy Bogguss’ Swinging’ Little Christmas
12/13          Phil Vassar Christmas Show
12/17          Tab Benoit with Samantha Fish
12/20          Riders In The Sky: Christmas The Cowboy Way
12/31          The Only and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – 6:00 and 9:30 PM


11/28-12/3   Home Alone
11/28-12/7   Christmas Vacation
12/7-9          Polar Express
12/7-10        Miracle On 34th Street
12/13-20      Elf
12/21-25      White Christmas
12/23-25      It’s A Wonderful Life

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


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.


Plan a group outing and rent the Franklin Theatre’s 44-seat balcony for scheduled 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 the second floor private lounge area and restrooms.