Gateway Chamber Orchestra to open season at Franklin Theatre Sept. 30

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The 2019-20 season of Gateway Chamber Orchestra’s Masterworks Series is titled "Emotion Abounds."

The Franklin Theatre will host the first concert of the 2019-20 season of Gateway Chamber Orchestra’s Masterworks Series, titled ‘Artistry of Lorna McGhee,’ on Monday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. 

Season tickets are on sale now, as well as tickets for the opening concert.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra kicks off their emotion-packed new season — Emotion Abounds — with powerful works from Gabriel Faure, Carl Reinecke and Franz Schubert. The orchestra welcomes Lorna McGhee, principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony, for Reinecke’s gripping concerto. Schubert provides a dramatic finale to the season opener with his "Tragic" symphony.

The Masterworks Series includes four concerts exploring established masterworks, overlooked treasures and works by contemporary American composers. The season will culminate with the annual America’s Haydn Festival on April 6, 2020.

Individual ticket prices range from $25 to $40 with discounts given to students and active duty military or reserve. 

For more information about the GCO, visit gatewaychamberorchestra.com.For tickets,call the Franklin Theater box office at (615) 538-2076 or visit franklintheatre.com

The GCO is a nationally-recognized cultural institution committed to enriching lives through innovative concerts, distinctive recordings and inspiring educational programs. Conducted by Gregory Wolynec, the GCO performs in two permanent homes, The Franklin Theatre in Franklin and the George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

The four concerts in the Masterworks Series include:

• Artistry of Lorna McGhee

Monday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Gabriel Fauré – Pelléas and Mélisande Suite 

Carl Reinecke – Flute Concerto with Lorna McGhee, flute

Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 4 in C minor

• Transfigured Night

Monday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Ottorino Respighi – Ancient Airs and Dances Set III

Claude Debussy – Danses with Paula Bressman, harp

Arnold Schoenberg – Transfigured Night (Verklärte Nacht)

Soar through darkness into light with this dramatic program of works by the renowned Ottorino Respighi, Claude Debussy and Arnold Schoenberg. GCO harpist Paula Bressman casts light onto the beautiful Danses with grace and elegance. Schoenberg’s stunning “Transfigured Night” pushes the GCO’s boundaries to new heights in a performance you will not want to miss.

• Gran Partita

Monday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Felix Mendelssohn – Nocturno

Jacques Ibert – Cello Concerto with Meghan Berindean, cello

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Serenade in Bb, K. 361/370a, "Gran Partita"

The GCO tugs at heartstrings in this concert featuring GCO cellist, Meghan Berindean. Works from Felix Mendelssohn and Jacques Ibert lead up to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s powerful “Gran Partita” serenade, a "signature" work for the GCO featured on our debut recording and received national media praise.

• America’s Haydn Festival

Monday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.

Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 49 in F minor, "La passione"

Franz Joseph Haydn – "Lord Nelson" Mass

The final Masterworks concert honors the late Franz Joseph Haydn at the second annual America’s Haydn Festival. The multi-day event includes string quartet, full orchestra and choir performances of works from the famed composer.

Special events include:

• BBQ, Brews & Beethoven

Sunday, May 17, 4:30 p.m.

Aaron Copland – Appalachian Spring

The season finale includes a laid back, delicious array of food and music. The featured work will be Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” in a casual setting with GCO musicians, savory BBQ and local craft beers.

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