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Help Us Fund Our Season by Participating in GiveSTL on Tuesday, May 5

Published on April 29, 2015

To help us fund our concerts, we are participating in GiveSTL. GiveSTL will take place on Tuesday, May 5th for a 24-hour period.

We’re on a countdown, May 5 is fast approaching! Please mark your calendars. We need your donations to succeed!

Give STL Day is a wonderful opportunity for us to help others learn more about the Gateway Festival Orchestra and for other non-profits in our community. A partnership between the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation and local nonprofits from across the area, Give STL Day is an online day of giving where nonprofits like ours will be reaching out to our donors – and looking for new ones – as we educate them about our mission and raise operating funds.

Last year, Give STL Day generated a total of $1.1 million for the 528 participating nonprofits. This year will be even better with 790 organizations participating.

It’s time for all of us to think BIG. The Gateway Festival Orchestra has an annual budget of $68,500 and all of our concerts are presented FREE OF CHARGE to our community. We need YOU to continue our mission and expand our Children’s Concerts. Please share this information with your family and friends. We not only need you to donate, we need for you to share Gateway’s contribution to our community!

The Give STL Day website will make giving easy, safe and fun. By visiting givestlday.org on May 5, you can designate your gift to The Gateway Festival Orchestra that is sharing symphonic music this summer. Additionally, we are sharing the joy of music with young children through our Young People’s Concert— all free of charge!

Visit www.givestlday.org for additional details, and don’t forget to give on May 5! Please note there are opportunities for you to win prizes and help Gateway receive additional money.

Thank you for your support,
Raymond Taylor, Ph.D.
Gateway Festival Orchestra Board

Visit www.givestlday.org for additional details, and don’t forget—- please give on May 5!

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Gateway Festival Orchestra Announces its 52nd Season

Published on April 29, 2015

Dear Friend of the Gateway Festival Orchestra,

Our Conductor, Dr. James Richards, has announced our 2015 Season! Save these dates and plan to join us at the Brookings Quadrangle at Washington University each Sunday evening in July this summer!

Sunday, July 5, 2015
“Red, White and Blues”

Sunday, July 12, 2015
“Mostly Mozart”

Sunday, July 19, 2015
“Exceptional Expatriates”

Sunday, July 26, 2015
“Hymns or Chants, by Chance?”

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Gateway Festival Orchestra 2014 Season Highlights

Published on August 4, 2014

Gateway Festival Orchestra wrapped up its 51st season this year. Here’s a look at our amazing season this year in a video by Jason Chen.

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107.3 Interview

Published on July 3, 2014

On July 1st, 2014, Board President Ray Taylor and Maestro Dr. James Richards had the pleasure of sitting down with Kathy Lawton Brown on 107.3 FM, St. Louis’ only classical station, and decided to chat about our upcoming 2014 season. Listen to the whole interview now!

Don’t miss our first concert, Aire of Romance, Sunday, July 6 at 7 p.m. in Brookings Quadrangle right in the heart of Washington University.

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Handicap & Restroom Access

Published on July 3, 2014

Handicap access to Brookings Quadrangle is available at the south entrance of Brookings Hall. Enter the campus on Hoyt Avenue and turn onto the north end of Brookings Drive, a narrow street marked by barrels, a one-way sign, and a handicap sign. Turn onto that street and go across the front of the building to the “Dropoff” sign. There is a paved incline leading upward to the lower level of Brookings Hall, where the elevators are. There is no parking there. A security guard will be on duty to assist.

Holmes Lounge will be closed. Access to restrooms will be behind the stage area in Cupples I Hall.

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Golden Anniversary

Published on 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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Launching Our 51st Season!

Published on February 10, 2014

It may be 7 degrees outside now with snow on the ground, but like every year, we can look forward to four outdoor concerts in a warm July. The 2014 concert dates are:

  • Sunday July 6, 2014
  • Sunday July 13, 2014
  • Sunday July 20, 2014
  • Sunday, July 27, 2014

valentine-rocketAll concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are welcome, and Ted Drewes and bottled water will be available for purchase.

“Notes to Munch On”, an informative discussion on the evening’s program and an opportunity to meet the artist will precede each concert at 7:10 p.m.

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Historic photos are viewable: Click on Gallery/slide show

Published on July 19, 2013
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50th Season Dates announced

Published on January 31, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013 -50 Years and Counting

Featuring the premier of a newly commissioned work by Barbara Harbach

Saint-Saens  Violin Concerto No. 3 in b minor

John Li, soloist

von Suppe  Light Cavalry Overture

Sunday, July 14, 2013 – Music of the Tsars

Spohr  Violin Concerto No. 8 in a minor

Takaoki Sugitani, Violin Soloist

Tchaikovsky   Symphony No. 2 in c minor (“Little Russian”)

Sunday, July 21, 2013 – Tribute to Maestro William Schatzkamer

Dvorak  Symphony No. 9 in E, (“New World”)

Smetana  “The Moldau” from Ma Vlast

Janet Scott, Flute Soloist

Sunday, July 28, 2013 – An Evening at the Opera

Bizet  Carmen Suite No. 1

Joh. Strauss, Jr  Overture to Die Fledermaus

Rossini  “Una voce poco fa” from Barber of Seville

Debra Hillabrand

Adele’s Laughing Song

Stephanie Clonts Crawford

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William Schatzkamer Memorial Young Artists’ Fund

Published on November 9, 2012

There will be a memorial service honoring William Schatzkamer on Saturday, November 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Graham Chapel on the Washington University Campus.

The Board of the Gateway Festival Orchestra has established the William Schatzkamer Memorial Young Artists’ Fund.  If you wish to donate to this fund, you may write a check to:

Gateway Festival Orchestra and put Schatzkamer Memorial Fund in the memo section.  For Paypal donations, enter Schatzkamer Memorial Fund in the field marked “purpose”

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