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Acuff Chair of Excellence to get visit from Famed musicologist Anna Harwell Celenza November 12th-17th at APSU

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In 1772, the Austrian composer Joseph Haydn decided to play a little trick on his benefactor, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy. Haydn and the court orchestra had spent months with the overbearing prince at his summer palace, and they were beginning to feel homesick for their families.

That summer, Haydn composed his Symphony No. 45 in F-Sharp minor, known as the “Farewell Symphony,” for the prince.

Anna Harwell Celenza

Anna Harwell Celenza

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APSU to get visit from Cello percussion duo New Morse Code on October 31st

 

The APSU Music DepartmentClarksville, TN – In a brief YouTube video clip, Hannah Collins is seen playing the cello while Michael Compitello taps his drumsticks against different sized flowerpots. The performance could be seen as a novelty act if the resulting music wasn’t so beautiful.

This mixture of playfulness and serious music making is what defines New Morse Code, a music duo of Yale University graduates who are using inventive performances to expand the reach of classical music to a younger generation.

New Morse Code to visit Austin Peay on Friday, October 31st. (Photo: Michiko Tierney)

New Morse Code to visit Austin Peay on Friday, October 31st. (Photo: Michiko Tierney)

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Gateway Chamber Orchestra opens 5th season with Classical Elegance with Charles Neidich

 

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Gateway Chamber OrchestraClarksville, TN – The Gateway Chamber Orchestra has built its reputation for delivering adventurous programming and world-class performances performed in intimate venues. With exceptional musicality and bold selections created to engage audiences, the GCO showcases the best of traditional and contemporary classical music.

“We are so fortunate to have Charles Neidich join us for this great masterpiece by Mozart. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on this beautiful piece, and Mozart is one of our specialties,” states Music Director Gregory Wolynec.

Gregory Wolynec directing the Gateway Chamber Orchestra

Gregory Wolynec directing the Gateway Chamber Orchestra

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Austin Peay State University to have Renowned Flutist William Bennett in concert, June 27th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Classical music aficionados throughout the area mark June on their calendars each year, because that’s when flutist William Bennett, considered “the greatest living flute player in the world,” hosts a special concert on the Austin Peay State University campus.

This year, he’ll perform his transcription of the Violin Sonata in f minor by Felix Mendelssohn at 7:30pm, Friday, June 27th, in the Mabry Concert Hall.

Flutist William Bennett in concert at APSU on June 27th.

Flutist William Bennett in concert at APSU on June 27th.

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Austin Peay State University recognized Outstanding Faculty at Annual Academic Honors and Awards Ceremony

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On April 15th, Austin Peay State University recognized several outstanding faculty members during the annual Academic Honors and Awards Ceremony in the Mabry Concert Hall.

During an emotional presentation, the University’s top faculty honor, the APSU National Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, was presented posthumously to John Moseley, associate professor of communication. Moseley passed away on February 9th, after an 18-year career as an active faculty member at APSU. «Read the rest of this article»

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Gateway Chamber Orchestra to perform “Historic Seconds” concert at APSU on March 30th

 

Gateway Chamber OrchestraClarksville, TN – In the summer of 1802, Ludwig van Beethoven felt depressed. The famed German composer was going deaf, and, overcome by this reality, he isolated himself in the spa town of Heiligenstadt. He tried to distract himself by working on a new symphony, but by October, he still felt miserable.

“Little more and I would have put an end to my life – only art it was that withheld me,” he wrote in a gloomy letter to his brothers. “It seemed impossible to leave the world until I had produced all that I felt called upon me to produce, and so I endured this wretched existence.”

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Gateway Chamber Orchestra

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Booker Prize-winning novelist Margaret Atwood to read at Austin Peay State University on April 11th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – There are books that people simply enjoy, and then there are books that cause a deep, visceral reaction in readers. Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” belongs in the latter category.

The novel, about the repression of women in a future society, connected so strongly with its audience that, almost 30 years later, it remains an international bestseller and a major influence on people’s lives.

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

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Austin Peay State University choral activities gain International Reputation

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In early February, Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at Austin Peay State University, turned on his computer to watch a live broadcast of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (TMC).

The acclaimed, 100-year-old choir is one of the largest and most respected choral organizations in Canada, but that evening, Foster was more interested in watching one of the guest conductors – APSU graduate student Zach Thompson.

APSU Chamber Singers

APSU Chamber Singers

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Clarksville Concert Association’s concert at APSU featuring Pianist Conrad Tao postponed to Thursday

 

The Clarksville Community Concert AssociationClarksville, TN – Nineteen-year-old, award winning pianist Conrad Tao, to appear in concert this Thursday, February 6th at 7:30pm in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall at Austin Peay State University, 8th and Marion streets in Clarksville. The concert is being put on by the Clarksville Community Concert Association.

Virtuoso pianist Conrad Tao became the only classical musician on Forbes’ 2011 “30 Under 30” list of people changing the world.

Conrad Tao. (Ruiming Wang)

Conrad Tao. (Ruiming Wang)

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Austin Peay State University to host annual GuitarFest February 17th-19th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will present the annual APSU GuitarFest this February, featuring guest artist concerts, lectures and master classes.

The concerts takes place at 7.30pm, Monday though Wednesday, February 17th-19th, in the APSU Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall and are free and open to the public.

APSU Professor of Music Stanley Yates playing at GuitarFest.

APSU Professor of Music Stanley Yates playing at GuitarFest.

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