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Gateway Chamber Ensemble raises funds for Flood assistance

On Sunday, The Gateway Chamber Ensemble held a benefit with Hands On Clarksville to raise money that will go to help area businesses still hurting from the May 2010 floods. The performance lead by Conductor Gregory Wolynec featured songs from their recently released album Wind Serenades of Mozart and Strauss. The classical album has received critical acclaim since its release in March 2010.

All proceeds were being donated to Hands on Clarksville for the purpose of supporting non-profit agencies with their continuing flood relief and restoration efforts in areas of Clarksville and Montgomery County affected by the May 2010 flooding.

The Gateway Chamber Ensemble playing Mozart to a slideshow of flood photos
The Gateway Chamber Ensemble playing Mozart to a slideshow of flood photos

“There are flood victims out there who still need your help and support,” Rita Arancibia said, “Hands on Clarksville has taken on the task of ensuring that area non-profits have every possible assistance the organization can provide towards helping them get the job done.” You can donate money and other items towards helping Hands on Clarksville with this still immense task by calling Rita Arancibia at (615) 504-0285

The Gateway Chamber Ensemble’s magnificent performance included:

Serenade in Eb, Op 7 (1881) by Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Followed by the seven Movement Serenade in Bb, J. 361/370a Gran Partita (1781) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

  • Largo; Allegro Molto
  • Menuetto; Trio I; Trio II
  • Adagio
  • Menuetto: Allegretto; Trio I; Trio II
  • Romanze: Adagio; Allegretto; Adagio
  • Tema con Variazioni; Adante; Adagio; Allegro
  • Rondo: Allegro Molto

During the third movement they presented a slide show of flood photos taken by our very own Bill Larson. The photos represented the flood from its beginning through the cleanup operation.

A photo by Bill Larson presented during the Floodaid benefit concert
A photo by Bill Larson presented during the Floodaid benefit concert

Photo Gallery

Ambitious new season

The Gateway Chamber Ensemble has four concerts scheduled for their 2010-11 season.

Monday, September 27th
“New Begennings”

The first concert will be on Monday, September 27th at 7:30pm, and will feature Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 ‘Le Matin’, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring (Complete).

The Gateway Chamber Ensemble’s 2010-11 season awakens to the glorious sunrise of Haydn’s ‘Morning’ symphony. Two American masters are featured in arguably their most popular works with Copland’s ballet score heard in its original form.

Monday, November 8th
“The Artistry of William Bennett”

The second concert is on Monday, November 8th at 7:30pm, and will feature Ellen Taafe Zwilich’s Chamber Symphony, C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Flute, and Franz Schreker’s Chamber Symphony.

World-renowned flautist William Bennett joins the Gateway Chamber Ensemble in a dazzling concerto for flute and strings by C.P.E. Bach. The program opens with contemporary American Composer Ellen Taafe Zwilich’s Chamber Symphony, Schreker’s lush and colorful Chamber Symphony will be a true highlight of the season.

Monday, February 21st
“Wind Serenades III”

The third concert and the first of the new year will be on Monday, February 27th 2011 at 7:30pm, and features Felix Mendelssohn’s Notturno, Arthur Bird’s Serenade in D, and Georges Enescu’s Dixtour.

The third annual Wind Serenade program features a youthful overture by Mendelssohn as well as charming serenades for 10 wind instruments by American Arthur Bird and Romanian Georges Enescu.

Monday, April 4th
“Schoenberg and His Influences”

The last concert of the season will be on Monday April 4th at 7:30pm, and features Richard Wagner’s Seigfried Idyll, Johann Strauss Jr’s Kaiserwalzer, and Arnold Schoenberg Chamber Symphony, Op. 9.

The Gateway Chamber Ensemble finishes out their ambitious 2010-11 season with an exploration of Arnold Schoenberg’s early masterworks for 15 soloists. Richard Wagner’s touching musical gift to his beloved wife Cosima opens the program and is followed by Schoenberg’s own transcription of the Viennese ‘Emperor’s Waltz.’

It looks like it will be a great season and we hope to see you there!

Bill Larson
Bill Larson
Bill Larson is  is politically and socially active in the community. Bill is a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave. You can reach him via telephone at 931-249-0043 or via the email address below.

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