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Clarksville’s Gateway Chamber Orchestra to host “Wind Serenades” concert at Austin Peay State University February 9th-10th

 

Gateway Chamber OrchestraClarksville, TN – There’s a famous scene in the 1984 Oscar-winning film “Amadeus” where the Italian composer Antonio Salieri looks over sheet music for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Gran Partita” serenade.

Salieri’s face contorts into a mixture of agony and ecstasy as he images the sounds of that serenade’s “Adagio.”

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Gateway Chamber Orchestra recognized on 55th Annual Grammy Awards nominees list

 

Gateway Chamber OrchestraClarksville, TN – On Wednesday night, following a nationally televised concert in Nashville, the nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced.

Near the very bottom of that list of nominees, available online at www.grammy.com/nominees, was the category for “Producer of the Year, Classical,” and the name Blanton Alspaugh.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra - "Chamber Symphonies"

Gateway Chamber Orchestra – “Chamber Symphonies”

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Gateway Chamber Orchestra changes Identity as New Season Begins

 

Gateway Chamber OrchestraClarksville, TN – The Gateway Chamber Orchestra, which kicks off its third subscription season at 7:30pm on August 30th, can’t be accused of lacking ambition.

“Our goal is to be one of the world’s great chamber orchestras,” Dr. Gregory Wolynec, the ensemble’s conductor, said recently. “There is a great symphony orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, 45 minutes down the road. We offer something different. The energy and spirit of this group has been just magical.”

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Grammy-nominated Gateway Chamber Ensemble to Perform Tonight at APSU

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – To say that the Gateway Chamber Ensemble’s first CD, “Wind Serenades,” was a success is a bit of an understatement. Late last year, the group founded by several Austin Peay State University music faculty members learned their album was being considered for Grammy nominations in several categories – including producer of the year, engineered sound and best small ensemble performance.

“(They) have managed to assemble a top-notch performing ensemble that now enters the big leagues with the national and international release of its new super audio CD,” music critic Steven Ritter wrote last year in Fanfare Magazine, the leading classical music publication in the country.

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APSU’s Gateway Chamber Ensemble Recognized on Grammy Nomination List

 

The APSU Music Department Clarksville, TN – Last week, the Grammy Award nominations were announced, and some of the expected names – Jay-Z, Lady Gaga and Eminem – were at the top of the list. But the Grammys recognize more than simply pop music, and if you were to scroll down that list, you would see the category for “Producer of the Year, Classical,” and the name Blanton Alspaugh.

Alspaugh’s name might not carry the weight in some circles as say a Lady Gaga, but in the classical music world, he’s a respected and revered producer. And, according to the Grammy website, one of the reasons he was nominated this year for a coveted Grammy Award stems from his work producing the first album for a chamber ensemble founded by several Austin Peay State University music faculty members. That group, the Gateway Chamber Ensemble, was also considered for nominations in three other categories, including “Best Small Ensemble Performance.”

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Gateway Chamber Ensemble Concert to Feature Renowned Flutist William Bennett

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Flute concerto in D minor is a dazzlingly complex and powerful piece of music. The work is not often performed because of the challenges it presents potential players. So when Clarksville’s Gateway Chamber Ensemble decided to include the piece on the program for its second concert of the season, it enlisted the renowned British flutist William Bennett to accompany them.

“He is probably the greatest living flute player and teacher,” Dr. Gregory Wolynec, APSU associate professor of music and director of the ensemble, said. “He’s going to be here for 10 days as part of the Acuff Residency, and he volunteered his services to do the spectacular concerto by C.P.E. Bach, who may be the most famous of Johann Sebastian Bach’s children.”

British flutist William Bennett

British flutist William Bennett

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Gateway Chamber Ensemble Opens Season with September 27th Concert

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In three short years, Clarksville’s Gateway Chamber Ensemble has reached national prominence though its innovative concerts and the release of a critically acclaimed CD, “Wind Serenades.” The group, made up of Austin Peay State University music faculty and other professional musicians, is now gearing up for its first subscription season, bringing its new takes on classical works to the local community.

“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’ll also include 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.”

APSU's Gateway Chamber Ensemble

APSU's Gateway Chamber Ensemble

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Gateway Chamber Ensemble Performs FloodAid Concert on August 29th

 

Austin Peay State UniversityThe Gateway Chamber Ensemble will perform music from its new, critically acclaimed CD, “Wind Serenades,” on August 29th, in an effort to raise money for Clarksville’s Riverside Drive flood rehabilitation. The FloodAid Serenade Benefit Concert begins at 3:00pm that Sunday in the Music/Mass Communication Concert Hall on the Austin Peay State University campus. All proceeds will be used by Hands on Clarksville to support relief and restoration in areas of Clarksville and Montgomery County affected by the May 2010 flooding.

Hands On Clarksville is a volunteer-driven program that connects citizens with volunteer opportunities in their neighborhoods. Suggested donations may be made at the door of $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for students and $25.00 for a family of four.

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New CD by APSU’s Gateway Chamber Ensemble Lauded by National Music Magazine

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClassical music aficionados were surprised last month when they picked up the latest issue of Fanfare Magazine and read that a chamber ensemble out of Clarksville had recorded the definitive version of Mozart’s “Wind Serenade in B flat” and Richard Strauss’s “Wind Serenade in E flat.” Music critic Jerry Dubins even said the recordings by this previously unknown group ranked above the performances by prominent ensembles from New York, London and around the world.

The Gateway Chamber Ensemble, which consists of Austin Peay State University faculty members and professional musicians from around the region, released its first CD, “Wind Serenades,” in March, and critics with Fanfare Magazine, one of the genre’s pre-eminent publications, immediately took note of the recording’s high quality.

Austin Peay State University Gateway Chamber Ensemble

APSU Gateway Chamber Ensemble

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