The GCO’s performances employ a distinctive programming philosophy with three components – established masterworks, overlooked treasures, and contemporary American works. Each program is performed twice⎯on Sunday afternoons in Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and on Monday evening in various locations in Nashville. The GCO’s performances have been praised in regional media such as the Leaf Chronicle and ArtsNash as “unfailingly sensitive,” “achingly beautiful” and “polished perfection.” Concerto soloists are drawn from the ensemble pool, as well as internationally acclaimed artists such as flutist William Bennett and clarinetist Charles Neidich. The 2015-16 season will be titled "My City" and include performances of works by three Middle Tennessee composers, as well as the world premiere of a work by Judd Greenstein based on poetry by Walt Whitman written for the GCO.
Committed to innovative educational outreach, the Gateway Concert Experience brings members of the GCO to public school instrumental rehearsal rooms in the weeks prior to concerts to present on the works from upcoming programs and to actively involve students in making music at a high level. Those students are then given the opportunity to attend the concert with their director and parental chaperones. The GCO has reached over 3,500 students in their classrooms since 2010 in various Middle Tennessee communities including Montgomery, Houston, Stewart, Davidson, Cheatham, Robertson and Rutherford counties.
Beginning in 2012 a new Children’s Concert provided 1,200 public school students the opportunity to see a performance in Mabry Hall at APSU in Clarksville at no charge to the school districts. The GCO collaborated with visual artists Black & Jones who collected art submitted by elementary students based on the program’s works and brought them to life with animation. They then combined these animations with live video feed and various video loops to create an innovative multi-media presentation to display simultaneously with live music by the GCO. This annual event was expanded in 2013 to include a Family Concert that featured pre-concert opportunities for instrument exploration and craft projects for children. 2014 saw the first collaboration with an author when the GCO welcomed Anna Celenza to read from her children’s book “The Farewell Symphony” as part of the performance. 2014-15 also include the addition of a second Family and Children’s Concert featuring flutist Rhonda Larson as well as the first staging of a Nashville Children's concert. 2015-16 will see the continuation of a two concert Family and Children's series with the return of artists Black & Jones and author Anna Celenza for two unique programs.
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