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APSU Percussion Ensemble to hold annual Halloween Concert


Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Don’t miss the 2010 edition of the APSU Percussion Ensemble Halloween Concert! This year’s performance includes plenty of tricks and treats including guest appearances by Stanley Yates/guitar, Francis Massinon/harpsichord, Matt DeVore/drumset, Casey Brock/bass guitar, and Claire Davis/harp, as well as help from the Breaking Wind band and the Wailing Banshees chorus.

This year’s concert is Friday, October 29th, 2010 at 6:00pm and 8:00pm in the MMC Concert Hall.  Admission is two cans of food (donated to Loaves & Fishes) or $3.00. Tickets are on sale at the Music Department office 931-221-7818. Get your tickets before they’re gone! This one sells out!

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The Gateway Chamber Ensemble seeks”New Beginnings” with 2010-11 concert series


The Gateway Chamber Ensemble has been making waves in the tight knit classical music community since they first formed in the fall of 2008. The group kicked off their 2010-2011 concert series with what they describe as a  new beginning. “The recurring thread this season will be composers we’ve heard of but approached in ways they aren’t usually done,” Dr. Gregory Wolynec, APSU associate professor of music and director of the ensemble, said. “It included works that we might not have heard of before, that don’t have a natural home. They are too small to be done by a full symphony or orchestra, and yet they are too large to be done by a typical chamber group. All our works will be done with 10 to 25 players. For most of these pieces, these are the only performances in these conditions they’ll get all year.”

The evening’s performance featured the ensembles interpretation of masterworks such as Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 “Let Matin,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”

The Gateway Chamber Ensemble performing their New Beginning

The Gateway Chamber Ensemble performing their New Beginning

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Gateway Chamber Ensemble uses Community Concert Series performance to kickoff release of new CD


The Clarksville Community Concert Association held the fourth of their planned five concerts in their 2009-2010 Concert series with a performance by the Gateway Chamber Ensemble at Austin Peay State University on Monday evening. The Community Concert Series is co-sponsored by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts,  and brings in world class performers to give concerts in our city.

World Class is a description which easily fits the Gateway Chamber Ensemble, which is based around Austin Peay State University’s outstanding performing faculty and supplemented with the area’s leading professional musicians. Members of the ensemble include Lisa Vanarsdel-flute, Jeanette Zyko-oboe, Mingzhe Wang-clarinet, Brian Horner-saxophone, Dawn Hartley-basson, Francis Massinon-horn, Emily Hanna Crane-violin, Shu-Zheng Yang-viola, Michael Samis-cello, Timothy Pearson-bass, and the group is conducted by Gregory Wolynec. They perform milestone works of  chamber music both from the past and from the present.

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Who Comes This Night… An Evening Of Christmas Music at APSU


APSU center of excellence in the creative arts logoMundell Lowe and James Ferguson came together with the talented musicians of the Austin Peay State University Department of Music & Conductor Gregory Wolynec to present “Who comes this night… An evening of Christmas Music.” Saturday evening. The Concert was a joint production of the APSU Department of Music and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

Who Comes This Night... An Evening Of Christmas Music

Who Comes This Night... An Evening Of Christmas Music

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“Do you hear what I hear?” — A Christmas concert with Paul Binkley


Don’t miss a special Christmas concert on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the MMC Concert Hall at Austin Peay State University.

The program features Paul Binkley on guitar playing music from his Christmas CD “Do You Hear What I Hear”. Paul is a former Austin Peay music student, spent five years performing with the Grammy Award winning band Alabama, and is currently president of Grand Vista Music, a Nashville-based recording company.

The concert will also showcase members of the APSU Music Department faculty including: singers Tom King, Sharon Mabry, and Gail Robinson-Oturu; pianists Anne Glass and Jeff Wood; violinist Emily Crane; woodwind players Lisa Vanarsdel and Jeanette Zyko; brass players Francis Massinon, Richard Steffen, and Chris Vivio; guitarist Stanley Yates; and percussionists Richard Frey and David Steinquest. Karen Sorenson and Ted Jones from Languages and Literature will provide narration. «Read the rest of this article»


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