Golden Anniversary

  • May 15, 2014


Washington University’s Brookings Quadrangle
One Brookings Drive (corner of Skinker and Forsyth Boulevards)


Concert at 7:30p.m.
“Notes to Munch On”, Meet the Artist at 7:10p.m.


Sundays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2014


Free of charge; Lawn seating

On Sundays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, the Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis, a symphonic ensemble of professional musicians, will present four concerts in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of its first concert in the summer of 1964.

On Sunday, July 6, the theme is Aire of Romance. Cathleen Woelbling-Paul will be soloist in the premiere performance of Jazz Romanza for English Horn and String Orchestra by John Thomas. Other selections for the evening are Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 “Romantic,” Beethoven’s Romance in F Major for Violin and Orchestra with young artist soloist Samantha Lord, and Strauss’ Wine, Women and Song. The finale will be selections from the movie scores by Michel Legrand.

The festivities commence on Sunday, July 13 with Water Music. The program begins with the Pirates of Penzance Overture. The featured soloist for that evening is Shiori Tomatsu, who will perform Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto in F Major, “Tempest at Sea.” The program will include Strauss’ On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Handel’s Water Music Suite and Pirates of the Caribbean selections.

For Sunday, July 20, the theme is Music of the Night. The evening begins with the first movement of Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, and continues with the Debussy’s Claire de Lune. The next selection will be the orchestral premiere of Refracted Moonlight by Zachary Cairns (based on Debussy’s Claire de Lune). The evening continues with Mozart’s “O zittre nicht“ (Queen of the Night aria, Magic Flute, Act I), Mendelssohn’s Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozart’s “Der Hölle Rache” (Queen of the Night aria, Magic Flute, Act II) and Debussy’s Nocturnes (“Nuages” and “Fêtes”). The evening will end with selections from Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. Our guest vocalist will be soprano Stella Markou.

Gateway’s 2014 season ends on Sunday, July 27 with Bright Lights of Broadway. The evening will include selections from South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Gypsy, Booth! and Oklahoma! Our guest vocalists will be Jane Jennings, soprano and Keith Boyer, tenor.

The Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis was established in 1964 by Washington University Professor of Music William Schatzkamer, three members of the St. Louis Symphony, and several community leaders. The Orchestra performs in the open-air shell in Brookings Quadrangle on the Washington University campus. Admission is free and the informal atmosphere is ideal for families. For seating, the audience brings its own chairs and blankets.

Dr. James Richards, Senior Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, has conducted the Gateway Festival Orchestra since 2003. On interview, Dr. Richards has stated, “The Gateway Festival Orchestra series is a great tradition of summertime in St. Louis. The orchestra plays wonderful concerts in a relaxed, family-friendly setting, featuring our terrific orchestra musicians and soloists. We always have great audiences, but I particularly enjoy visiting with Gateway newcomers who comment, ‘How could I have lived in St. Louis all these years and not known about this hidden treasure?’ ”

Marie Brown
(314) 426-3312

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