The Gateway Chamber Orchestra is quickly emerging as one of America's leading ensembles. Conducted by Gregory Wolynec, the GCO specializes in the programming of masterworks of the past and present. The ensemble gave its debut in the fall of 2008 and is comprised of the talented performance faculty of Austin Peay State University and fellow professional musicians from Nashville and beyond. Their recordings have been lauded by the American Record Guide, Fanfare Magazine, and SA-CD.net among others. Performing regularly in APSU’s acoustically splendid Mabry Concert Hall and other venues, the GCO has presented works ranging from contemporary American composers William Bolcom and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich to traditional repertoire by Schubert, Mozart, and Haydn.
The GCO was formed as the Gateway Chamber Ensemble in the fall of 2008 around the performance faculty of Austin Peay State University (APSU), members of the Nashville Symphony and other top professional musicians from around the region. In the ensuing five years the ensemble grew to a classically modeled chamber orchestra of over 30 musicians.
2010-11 marked the first subscription series and the adoption of a unique programming philosophy that combines beloved masterworks, overlooked gems, and works by contemporary American composers. Well-known masters such as Mozart, J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Brahms have appeared alongside composers such as C.P.E. Bach, Franz Schreker, Louis Spohr. Dedicated to presenting works by contemporary American composers, the GCO has performed works by John Adams, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Steve Reich among many others.
Initially funded through APSU, the GCO moved out from under the auspices of the University in 2012 to develop its own identity with an independent volunteer board.
During the 2010-11 season, the GCO bolstered its committment to innovative educational outreach by establishing the Gateway Concert Experience an initiative designed to introduce underserved rural and urban public school student populations to artistic musical expression at the highest level. In partnership with local public school band and orchestra programs, members of the GCO visit students in the classroom the week prior to each concert. The GCO artist-teachers perform excerpts from the upcoming program for the students in an effort to familiarize them with the music. The artist-teachers also engage the students in hands-on activities to illustrate techniques employed by the composers. Those students are then given the opportunity to attend the concert with their director and parental chaperones at no charge. Through these interactive outreach presentations, the GCO has reached over 3,000 students.
In 2012, a new Children’s Concert provided 1,200 public school students the opportunity to see a multimedia performance that combined their own artwork with live music by the GCO. This annual event was expanded in 2013 to include a Family Concert that featured pre-concert opportunities for instrument exploration and craft projects for children.
In 2013, the four-concert series, having previously been staged exclusively in Clarksville, was expanded for repeat performances in various Nashville locations including the Downtown Presbyterian Church and the Freemasons Auditorium at the Grand Lodge of Tennessee.
The GCO has released two CD recordings on the Summit label that have been lauded in Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide and on various online sites. Producer Blanton Alspaugh won the 2013 GRAMMY® for Classical Producer of the Year with the ‘Chamber Symphonies’ recording.
Masterworks Series Concert IV
George Butterworth - The Banks of Green Willow
John Luther Adams - Become River
Ludwig Van Beethoven - - Symphony No. 6 in F "Pastoral"
As the 2016-17 season concludes, set sail with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra on a captivating musical journey. Celebrating the scenic beauty of Tennessee, John Luther Adams’ Become River takes you on a downstream journey. Herald the summer with an enthralling rendition of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.
Sunday, April 30 at 4:00pm
George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall
Austin Peay State University
Monday, May 1 at 7:30pm
|The Franklin Theatre
419 Main Street
Franklin, Tennessee 37064