Clarksville, TN – Are you familiar with Clarksville’s Gateway Chamber Orchestra? For the last five years, the ensemble – made up of Austin Peay State University music faculty and other professional musicians – has hosted acclaimed performances of classical masterworks and garnered serious Grammy consideration with their two recorded albums.
Still, the orchestra sometimes feels like a well-kept secret. That’s why they’ve kicked off the “Get to know the GCO” campaign this year, with the intention of showcasing the different components of this incredibly talented ensemble.
Clarksville, TN – On November 5th, the Austin Peay State University Department of Music will host a special evening showcasing the range and expressive capabilities of the clarinet.
The night will begin at 5:00pm in the APSU Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall with a free mini-recital by renowned clarinetist Richard Hawkins, associate professor at Ohio’s famed Oberlin College and Conservatory. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – Dr. Mingzhe Wang, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of music, was in New York City this summer when his cell phone started ringing. The unfamiliar number had a 931 area code, so he thought someone on campus might be trying to contact him.
“I picked it up and it was (Tennessee State Senator) Tim Barnes,” Wang recalled recently. “I thought, oh, he’s probably calling me about some re-election stuff.”
But Barnes was calling for another reason. He congratulated Wang for being one of only two musicians in the state to receive a coveted Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artists Fellowship. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – Tennessee State Senator Tim Barnes and Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts announced Friday more than $36,000 in Tennessee Arts Commission grants to Clarksville-area artists and organizations.
“It is vitally important to support artistic excellence and promote public knowledge of the arts in our community,” Barnes said. “Clarksville-Montgomery County is fortunate to have a diverse and flourishing artistic community, and these grants are proof of that.” «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – One afternoon in the late 1880s, according to a popular legend, the Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky met with the man he considered a “mediocre composer” – Johannes Brahms. The topic of their conversation quickly turned to music.
“I can only write something that is beautiful,” Tchaikovsky is rumored to have pompously said.
Clarksville, TN – The city of Clarksville is deceptively large. Sure, there’s the small town charm of Franklin Street and the local university, but spread over about 95 square miles, more than 130,000 people call the city home. For a couple of faculty members in the Austin Peay State University music department, that makes Clarksville large enough to need certain cosmopolitan attractions.
“We feel Clarksville should have an orchestra of its own, and there should be a choral component to go along with that,” Dr. Gregory Wolynec, APSU associate professor of music, said. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – This Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 7:30pm in the Concert Hall at Austin Peay State University, the Clarksville Community Concert Association will present a performance by David Shifrin, one of the world’s most noted clarinetists. Shifrin will play a concert of great masterworks of the clarinet repertory, including a Poulenc Sonata for Two Clarinets where Dr. Mingzhe Wang, assistant professor of clarinet at Austin Peay State University has been invited to assist. Gloria Chien will be the pianist for this stellar concert.
This is a valuable opportunity for Clarksville audiences to hear a world class artist of his stature. Solo clarinetists are a rare find. David Shifrin is one of a few recitalists on the world stages and is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist and chamber collaborator.
Clarksville, TN – The classical composer Paul Schoenfield is known for his daring combinations of musical forms. It isn’t unusual for works to be infused with jazz or ragtime, alongside more cultivated and conventional elements. It’s what causes his compositions to be considered so wildly original and accessible, and has lead Schoenfield to be called one of the finest American composers working today.
On January 18th, Schoenfield will come to Austin Peay State University for a weeklong visit as one of this year’s Acuff Chairs of Excellence for the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. His visit will culminate in a free concert of his work, “The Music of Paul Schoenfield,” at 7:30pm on January 24th, in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Concert Hall. The event will be part of APSU’s Dimension’s Concert Series. «Read the rest of this article»
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