2022 Season

  • Dennis Hourcade
  • February 20, 2022

2022 Season


Classic 107.3 FM Interview

Music Director Darwin Aquino, Guest Conductor Dr. Leon Burke III, and Board President Debbie Haferkamp discuss the GFO and the upcoming concerts with Kathy Lawton Brown of Classic 107.3 FM. Learn how Maestros Aquino and Burke formulated each concert theme.  Discover how the GFO nurtures young artists and provides outreach programs that develop young listeners.





Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the Quad

Brookings Quadrangle at Washington University

The Quad has been our home since 1970 and is available again. It is a great place to bring a picnic. Ted Drewes frozen custard and bottled water will be available for purchase while supplies last!

“Notes to Munch On” – A Pre-concert Talk
Each concert will be preceded at 7:10 p.m. by a short talk on Ridgley’s steps in the Quadrangle. Listeners of all ages will be introduced to the music that will be performed.

Parking at the Quad

The concerts are free to attend.

Sunday~July 10, 7:30 PM

Bach to the Future

Leon Burke III, Guest Conductor
featuring Bach to the Future

R. Wagner Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
S. Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1 “Classical”
I. Stravinsky – Pulcinella Suite
Bach to the Future –Hungarian Rhapsody / Star Wars Parody / Jesu Joy / Flight of the Bumblebee

Sunday~July 17, 7:30 PM

A River Runs Through It

Leon Burke III, Guest Conductor
Brent Stater, Baritone
Mary So, Violin – GFO Young Artist

J. Strauss II The Blue Danube
F. Grofé – Mississippi Suite
M. Sweetin – River Cathedral
P. Sarasate Introduction and Tarantella
J. Kern & O. Hammerstein II – Selections from Show Boat
R. Schumann – Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish”



Join us at the 560 Music Center

560 Music Center at Washington University

The 560 Music Center is the site of our successful 2019 summer series and offers easy access, outstanding acoustics, and air-conditioned comfort.

560 Trinity Ave, University City, MO 63130

Covid-19 Policy: Wearing a face mask is optional but strongly encouraged at the 560 Music Center. Learn More

“Notes to Munch On” – A Pre-concert Talk
Each concert will be preceded at 7:10 p.m. by a short talk from the stage. Listeners of all ages will be introduced to the music to be performed.

Parking is free in the garage directly behind the building accessed from Washington Avenue.

The concerts are free to attend

Sunday~July 24, 7:30 PM

From Hummel to Hamilton

Darwin Aquino, Conductor
Mary Weber, Trumpet
& featuring the Gateway Percussion Section

G. VerdiOverture to La Forza del Destino
J. N. HummelTrumpet Concerto in E major
P. I. TchaikovskyRomeo and Juliet
B.W. Dietz – Sharpened Stick
G. Sollima – Millennium Bug
Lin-Manuel Miranda Suite from Hamilton featuring: You’ll Be Back / Helpless / My Shot / Dear Theodosia / It’s Quiet Uptown / One Last Time

Sunday~July 31, 7:30 PM

Reforming Destiny: a Tribute to Phyllis Tirmenstein

Darwin Aquino, Conductor
T.J. Abernathy, Assistant Conductor – GFO Young Artist
Fritz Volini, Piano – GFO Young Artist
Christina Goetz, Soprano – GFO Young Artist

C. M. Von WeberDer Freischütz Overture
L. van BeethovenPiano Concerto No. 1, Rondo:Allegro
A Dvořák – Slavonic Dances
F. SchubertAve Maria
R. Vaughan Williams – The Call from Five Mystical Songs
F. MendelssohnSymphony No. 5 in D minor “Reformation”




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