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Gateway Chamber Orchestra brings powerful Gustav Mahler work to Middle Tennessee May 5th-6th


Gateway Chamber OrchestraClarksville, TN - In 1907, the great Austrian composer Gustav Mahler had a bad year. First, he lost his job as director of the Vienna State Opera. Then, in July, his young daughter Maria died after a brief illness. While grieving this loss, Mahler was diagnosed with a terminal heart condition.

In the months that followed, the composer found solace in a book of Chinese Tang Dynasty poetry titled “The Chinese Flute.” As he read the works, translated into German, a composition slowly took shape in his head.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra

Gateway Chamber Orchestra

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APSU hosts annual Guitar Festival February 18th-20th


Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts present the annual guitar festival this February, featuring guest artist concerts and master classes.

The concerts, which are free and open to the public, take place at 7:30pm, February 18th-20th in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall. «Read the rest of this article»

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Nashville Symphony and Nashville Symphony Chorus in Concert at Austin Peay State University Sunday


Written by Gail Robinson-Oturu, President
Clarksville Community Concert Association

The Clarksville Community Concert AssociationClarksville, TN – The Nashville Symphony and the Nashville Symphony Chorus will appear in concert on Sunday, November 11th, 2012 at 3:00pm in the Austin Peay State University Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

This is part of the Clarksville Community Concert Association (CCCA) 2012-13 series and is co-sponsored by Austin Peay State University (APSU). This historic occasion, held in conjunction with the APSU re-naming of the Concert Hall in honor of Drs. George and Sharon Mabry, marks the first time that both the Nashville Symphony orchestra and chorus would appear on the CCCA series.

Nashville Symphony. (Photo by Mickey Dobo)

Nashville Symphony. (Photo by Mickey Dobo)

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Join AARP in June for “Summer with the Symphony”


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Nashville Symphony's Summer with the SymphonyNashville, TN – Do you like the classics? AARP does. Whether you’re talking the classic American band “Earth Wind & Fire,” the classy Broadway and TV star Idina Menzel or the classical sounds of Beethoven, we’ve got you covered in June. AARP and the Nashville Symphony are teaming up for the first time for our “Summer with the Symphony!”

AARP members can receive $5.00 off any ticket for Menzel’s special performance with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel on June 16th. The Tony Award-winning star of Broadway’s Wicked and television’s hit show Glee will perform a diverse mix of classic pop and musical theater favorites, along with a fresh spin on some contemporary hits. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Message


City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – On Monday we will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I believe the best way to honor his legacy is to continue to apply the wisdom he offered and meet the challenges he put before us.  

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well,” Dr. King once said.  «Read the rest of this article»

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How listening to music can change your outlook on the world

King David with his harp

King David with his harp

Music therapy has been used throughout the ages to help people rise from despair. Greek philosophers used music therapy in ancient times. In Biblical times, King Saul was comforted by David’s playing the harp. Music therapy is taught in universities throughout the world in modern times.

The American Music Therapy Association, Inc. states that music therapy can promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, help express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.

You don’t have to be a certified musical therapist to see the effects of music on other people. Children in a school setting at times become overly excited or have trouble calming down. All I have to do in the classroom is to play Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and the children settle down immediately. The music puts them into a totally different emotional state. «Read the rest of this article»

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