March 29

Gateway Chamber Orchestra: America’s Haydn Festival Comes to Franklin

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra’s 10th anniversary season – “Inspiration Abounds.”

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee embarks on a new annual music festival that will feature multiple concerts over five days at various venues in Clarksville and Franklin, Tennessee and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The premiere of America’s Haydn Festival, April 4-8, 2019 will honor the father of the Symphony and the String Quartet, Franz Joseph Haydn.

FRANKLIN PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:

Friday 4/5: String Quartet Concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 

Monday 4/8: Full Orchestra at The Franklin Theatre

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Gregory Wolynec, Gateway Chamber Orchestra Music Director commented that the roll-out of the new festival could bring even more national attention to Middle-Tennessee, already known as a music tourism destination.

“This festival will be truly one-of-a-kind; there isn’t one like it anywhere in the country,” he states. “Haydn is a composer that we have dedicated so much of our first 10 years to, with performances of his works becoming a calling card for our orchestra. Celebrating the incredible scope of Haydn’s creations, from beginning to end, with some of Middle Tennessee’s finest musicians is the perfect way to start a new festival. His musical career was so expansive and influential that we’ll have inspiration for years to come.”

This new festival will spotlight performances by string quartets and the full Gateway Chamber Orchestra at venues in Clarksville, Franklin and Fort Campbell.

Wolynec went on to add, “We are especially pleased to present a performance for the military community at Fort Campbell Army Post as part of this first festival. Soldiers, their families and members of the military community are invited to hear some wonderful musicians in a very up close and personal setting.” According to Wolynec the date, time and location for the Fort Campbell event will be announced soon.

America’s Haydn Festival will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 with a String Quartet concert performed at First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Clarksville.

The same program will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin.

At 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 the GCO will present Haydn’s symphonies No. 1 and No. 104, the famous London symphony at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

On Monday, April 8th at 7:30 p.m. the same program will be repeated at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin.

GCO Principal Cellist Michael Samis will be featured at both venues performing Haydn’s 2nd Cello Concerto. Samis was previously featured in collaboration with the GCO in his critically acclaimed 2014 debut recording.

America’s Haydn Festival will also be the launching pad for the newly formed Tennessee Military, Veterans & the Arts Chorus. The new choral ensemble will make its premiere appearance to the public at the Sunday, April 7 concert in Clarksville. Members of the chorus include active-duty military service members, veterans and spouses; giving them the opportunity for creative expression through music.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra season ticket holders will have the opportunity to buy String Quartet performance tickets at a discounted rate.

To purchase tickets, visit www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com.

America’s Haydn Festival Franklin Performances:

String Quartet – Friday, April 5, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Full Orchestra – Monday, April 8, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. – The Franklin Theater

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September 19

Gateway Chamber Orchestra Unveils 2018-19 Season

Tickets are on sale now for the Gateway Chamber Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary Season – “Inspiration Abounds.”

The four-concert Masterworks Series will explore composers that have shaped the Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) over the past decade, culminating with a new festival dedicated to Franz Joseph Haydn in April. Internationally acclaimed soloists are scheduled to perform, including Los Angeles Philharmonic principal clarinet Boris Allakhverdyan.

Join the GCO for a classical musical experience that will surprise and entertain as you listen to some of the most noteworthy musicians in the Southeast. This season begins with a slate of American originals, and the following concerts feature other GCO favorites, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

“The 2018-2019 season is a celebration of our first 10 years,” said Gateway Chamber Orchestra Music Director Gregory Wolynec. “Each program will take a closer look at composers and works that have shaped our identity with prominent American composers, fascinating works from the Second Viennese School, as well as Mozart and Haydn. This is a celebration of the music that has launched our orchestra!”

Season tickets (includes four events) begin at $50 for students/military and $80 for adults. The Gateway Chamber Orchestra performs at the Franklin Theatre, with concerts on Monday evenings.

For more information about the GCO, visit gatewaychamberorchestra.com. For tickets, call the Franklin Theater box office at (615) 538-2076 or visit franklintheatre.com. Season tickets are on sale now. Individual concert tickets will be available Aug. 6.

MASTERWORKS SERIES

American Originals with Boris Allakhverdyan

Monday, September 24th, 7:30 p.m.

Cristina Spinei – Clarinet Concerto

Aaron Copland – Clarinet Concerto

Aaron Copland – Quiet City

Philip Glass – Symphony No. 3

This All American line-up features favorites by Copland, a mesmerizing work by Philip Glass and a new work from the pen of Middle Tennessee’s own Cristina Spinei. It marks the first full line-up of American composers in the GCO’s history, featuring clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

 

Unexpected Beauty

Monday, November 5th, 7:30 p.m.

Anton Webern – Langsamer Satz

Alban Berg/arr. Alfred Bartles – Sonata, Op. 1

Arnold Schoenberg – Chamber Symphony, Op. 9

The GCO transports you to Vienna for a truly memorable musical experience. Explore the transformation of classical tonality in the 20th century with works by Arnold Schoenberg and his pupils as you discover these beautiful pieces by masters of the Second Viennese School.

 

Magical Mozart

Monday, January 28th, 7:30 p.m.

Richard Strauss – Serenade, Op. 7

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 36 Linz

Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky – Orchestral Suite No. 4 Mozartiana

The lineup of beloved treasures features three renowned composers – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Enjoy the stunning strains of the symphony penned for the Austrian town of Linz, while Serenade, Op. 7 and the Mozartiana suite serve as a tribute to Mozart’s influence on two later master composers.

 

Haydn Festival

Monday, April 8th, 7:30 p.m.

Program to be announced

The GCO’s final concert of the season is a celebration of the music of Franz Joseph Haydn, composer of 106 symphonies. Nuanced performances of works by Haydn have appeared in every season of the GCO and have defined the orchestra’s sound and approach.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE GCO: Visit gatewaychamberorchestra.com.

FOR TICKETS: Call the Franklin Theater box office at (615) 538-2076 or visit franklintheatre.com. Season tickets are on sale now. Individual concert tickets will be available Aug. 6.


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 Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

April 11

Gateway Chamber Orchestra Landmark Celebration

THE GATEWAY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF ITS MASTERWORKS SERIES: LANDMARK CELEBRATION

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) is proud to present its final concert of the 2017-18 season, The Masterworks Series: Landmark Celebration at the Franklin Theatre on April 30th.

This concert features Ludwig van Beethoven’s Lenore Overture No. 3, Aaron Jay Kernis’ Musica Celestis and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3 in C.

Beethoven’s overture sets the stage for an evening of inspiring music. Kernis’ spacious and enchanting celestial music soothes the soul. The triumphant third symphony of Sibelius brings an adventurous season to a close.

“Beethoven’s music has been a source of so much inspiration for the GCO that it seems only right to tie up the 2017-18 season with this heroic overture,” explains Gregory Wolynec, Gateway Chamber Orchestra Music Director. “We first performed Kernis’ modern Adagio for Strings five years ago as a special tribute and we are delighted to revisit this gorgeous work.”

The largest orchestra that the GCO has ever assembled will perform Sibelius’ classically modeled symphony, which takes the audience on a musical journey ending with a rousing climax to the entire season, and the GCO’s first 10 years.

 

The Franklin Masterworks Series:

LANDMARK CELEBRATION

Monday, April 30th, 2018 7:30 p.m. – Franklin, TN

 

Pieces Performed:

Ludwig van Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3

Aaron Jay Kernis – Musica Celestis

Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 3 in C

 

The Franklin Theatre,  419 Main St, Franklin, TN 37264

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October 31

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra Presents Brilliant Colors

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) is pleased to present the second performance in their 2017-2018 Masterworks Series, “Brilliant Colors.”

This concert features three beautiful and rarely heard works in which the composers employ color, in the form of orchestral sound. The GCO will be performing Franz Schreker’s Chamber Symphony, Ottorino Respighi’s Trittico Botticelliano and Aaron Copland’s Three Latin American Sketches. 
The first piece, Chamber Symphony of Franz Schreker, has interesting writing for orchestral instruments including percussion, harp, celesta and a type of organ. The second piece is by Respighi, a name many people associate with a massive orchestra and his brilliant tone-poems about Rome (Pines, of Rome, Fountains of Rome), but he wrote a number of beautiful works for smaller orchestra including this colorful piece based on three famous paintings by Botticelli.  Finally the third piece is by Aaron Copland, and the GCO has championed his works since their first season. The energetic Latin American sketches is rarely heard but is a wonderful piece by an iconic American composer. 
“We recorded the Chamber Symphony of Franz Schreker on our Chamber Symphonies disc,” explains Gregory Wolynec, Gateway Chamber Orchestra Music Director. “Preparing it 7 years later is like getting reacquainted with an old friend that we have missed.”
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Franklin Theatre Box Office at 615.538.2076 or click here to purchase online.

January 26

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
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Adults: $40 | $50 | $65
Student/Military: $24 | $32.50 | $50
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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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