Gateway Chamber Orchestra will hold the second-annual America’s Haydn Festival on April 2-5.
Tickets are on sale for the festival to honor the famed composer Franz Joseph Haydn.
The multi-day event will include string quartet, full orchestra and choir performances of works by Haydn. As a part of the First Thursday Art Walk on April 2 at 7:30 p.m., the nationally recognized Omer Quartet will perform a concert of string quartet works at the historic First Presbyterian Church in downtown Clarksville. The final masterworks concert April 5 at 4 p.m. in the George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall will feature the Gateway Chamber Orchestra. Clarksville’s military- and veteran-based chorus, Sounds of Home, will join forces with the Gateway Chamber Choir to perform the Lord Nelson Mass, one of Haydn’s most powerful masterworks.
“The line-up for our second year of the Festival is going to be dynamic,” said Gregory Wolynec, Gateway Chamber Orchestra music director. “The Omer Quartet is a talented, world-class group that we are extremely excited to have perform for Clarksville. Bringing together the terrific GCO Chorus with the Sounds of Home chorus will be a beautiful addition to the festival as they perform a work that many of us consider Haydn's single greatest composition.”
The Masterworks Series explores established masterworks, overlooked treasures and works by contemporary American composers. This season, titled ‘Emotion Abounds,’ will present programs that feature favorite composers of the GCO, including Mozart, Schubert, Schoenburg and, of course, Haydn. The season will culminate with the second-annual Barbecue, Brews and Beethoven that will feature Copland’s Appalachian Spring, local craft beer and barbecue.
Individual tickets to ‘America’s Haydn Festival’ on April 2-5 are available with discounts given to students and active-duty military or reserve. For more information about the GCO or to buy tickets, visit gatewaychamberorchestra.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 George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and the Franklin Theatre in Franklin.