Thursday June 20, 2024, 7:30 PM

Florissant Valley Theater, Florissant Valley Community College
3400 Pershall Road, St Louis 63135

“A Juneteenth Celebration of Black Composers”

Terrence Abernathy, Guest Conductor
Darker America…………………………………William Grant Still
Symphonie Concertante……………………….Joseph Bologne
Adoration…………………………….Florence Price
Art Song Suite……………….Florence Price, arr. Terrence Abernathy
Othello Suite, op 79…………………..Samuel Coleridge Taylor
Enough is Enough……………………Blake Hernton
Third Times Charm …….Terrence Abernathy, World Premier)
Freddie Freeloader…………………..Miles Davis
Blue in Green Music………………………Miles Davis

The Gateway Festival Orchestra led by Guest Conductor Terrence Abernathy celebrates Juneteenth with a cultural and musical feast that pays homage to the enduring contributions of Black composers. From the emotional depth of “Darker America” by William Grant Still to the classical elegance of “Symphonie Concertante” by Joseph Bologne, the soul-stirring beauty of Florence Price’s “Adoration,” and iconic jazz selections by Miles Davis, the program is a testament to the richness and diversity of Black musical voices. Works by St. Louis composers Blake Hernton and Terrence Abernathy add a personal and contemporary touch to the evening. The concert begins at 7:30 PM and is free to attend. 

 
 
 

 Sunday July 7, 2024, 7:30 PM

Washington University Brookings Quadrangle

“Sixty Years under the Stars”

Leon Burke III, Guest Conductor
Matt Pickart, Violin 

Gateway Fanfare and March…………………………………John Meurer

Violin Concerto………………………….Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky

Light Cavalry Overture…………………………….Franz von Suppé

Selections from Midsummer Night’s Dream……………….Felix Mendelssohn

Medley from Phantom of the Opera…………………..Andrew Lloyd Webber

Medley from Pirates of the Caribbean………………………Hans Zimmer
 The Gateway Festival Orchestra and Guest Conductor Leon Burke III invite you to “Sixty Years Under the Stars”, a celebration of the orchestra’s 60th anniversary season. Experience the grandeur of John Meurer’s Gateway Fanfare and March, the energy of von Suppé’s Light Cavalry Overture, and the magic of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Guest Artist violin virtuoso Matt Pickart will dazzle you with Tchaikovsky’s entrancing Violin Concerto. The evening ends with spellbinding melodies from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and the swashbuckling adventure of Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean medley. Join us Sunday July 7th at 7:30 PM in the open air of Washington University Brookings Quadrangle. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic. “Notes to Munch On”, an informal discussion of the evening’s selections, begins in the Quad at 7:10 PM. The concert is free. 
PARKING AT THE WU BROOKINGS QUADRANGLE
 

Women playing the flute

Sunday July 14, 2024, 7:30 PM

560 Music Center
560 Trinity Ave, University City, MO 63130

“A Night of Nostalgia”

Leon Burke III, Guest Conductor
Elizabeth Myers, bassoon – GFO Young Artist
Aiden Moon, violin – GFO Young Artist

Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture…………………………………Mikhail Glinka

Bassoon Concerto in F………………………….Carl Maria von Weber

Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)…………………………….Franz Schubert

Candide Overture……………….Leonard Bernstein

Violin Concerto …………………..Felix Mendelssohn

Blue Tango, Syncopated Clock, Waltzing Cat………………………Leroy Anderson
Overture from The Barber of Seville  ………………………Gioachino Rossini
Theme from Pink Panther…………………Henry Mancini
 The Gateway Festival Orchestra and Guest Conductor Leon Burke III invite you to “A Night of Nostagia”, a blend of classical masterpieces and timeless favoritesEnjoy the grandeur of Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture and the haunting beauty of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished). Be captivated by the virtuosity of young talents Elizabeth Myers on bassoon and Aiden Moon on violin as they breathe life into Carl Maria von Weber’s Bassoon Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Be whisked away by the enchanting sounds of Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Anderson’s playful compositions, and Mancini’s iconic theme from Pink Panther. Join us Sunday July 14th at 7:30 PM at the 560 Music Center for a nostalgic evening you won’t soon forget“Notes to Munch On”, an informal discussion of the evening’s selections, begins in the auditorium at 7:10 PM. The concert is free. 

 

 

Sunday July 21, 2024, 7:30 PM

Washington University Brookings Quadrangle
“Gateway West!”
Christopher Kelts, Guest Conductor
Cowboys’ Overture…………………………………John Williams
Selected Dances from Rodeo…………………….Aaron Copland
Selections from West Side Story…………………………Leonard Bernstein
Title Theme from The Magnificent Seven……………….Elmer Bernstein
Prelude from La Funciulla del West……..Giacomo Puccini
Meet Me in St. Louis………………………Vincente Minnelli
Selections from Symphony No. 9 From the New World….Antonin Dvořák
 The Gateway Festival Orchestra and Guest Conductor Christopher Kelts invite you to “Gateway West”, a journey through a landscape of iconic Western-inspired melodies and symphonic wonders. From the spirited Cowboys’ Overture by John Williams to the lively dances from Rodeo by Aaron Copland, feel the pulse of the Wild West come alive. Dive into the timeless theme of Elmer Bernstein’s The Magnificent Seven, while reveling in the operatic brilliance of Puccini’s Prelude from La Funciulla del West. The evening ends with the majestic sounds of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 From the New WorldJoin us Sunday July 21 at 7:30 PM outdoors at the Washington University Brookings Quadrangle. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic. “Notes to Munch On”, an informal discussion of the evening’s selections, begins in the Quad at 7:10 PM. The concert is free. 
PARKING AT THE WU BROOKINGS QUADRANGLE

 

 
 

Sunday July 28, 2024, 7:30 PM

560 Trinity Ave, University City, MO 63130

“Celebrate Gershwin”
Christopher Kelts, Guest Conductor
Jiyeon Lee, Piano
Selections from Porgy and Bess ……………………..George Gershwin (RR Bennett arr.)
Rhapsody in Blue ……………………..George Gershwin
Lullaby…….…………..George Gershwin
St. Louis Blues March…….…………..W.C. Handy
An American in Paris…….………….George Gershwin
The Gateway Festival Orchestra and Guest Conductor Christopher Kelts invite you to “Celebrate Gershwin”, an evening dedicated to the timeless compositions of George Gershwin. Experience the tender embrace of Gershwin’s Lullabythe iconic melodies of Porgy and Bess, and the vibrant energy of An American in Paris along with the spirited rhythms of W.C. Handy’s St. Louis Blues March. The brilliant pianist and Guest Artist Jiyeon Lee performs the spellbinding Rhapsody in Blue. All is enhanced by the outstanding acoustics of the Music Center concert hall. Join us Sunday July 28th7:30 PM at the 560 Music Center for an evening that that will leave you captivated and inspired“Notes to Munch On”, an informal discussion of the evening’s selections, begins in the auditorium at 7:10 PM. The concert is free.