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.
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.
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.
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?’ ”
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
All 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.
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
Adele’s Laughing Song
Stephanie Clonts Crawford
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”
At the recommendation of Phyllis Tirmenstein, The Quest Memorial Foundation of Greater St. Louis Community Foundation has approved a $10,000 matching grant in honor of Gateway Festival Orchestra’s 50th season in 2013. We are already progressing toward this goal, and hope to meet it through the continuing generosity of our individual donors.
Pianist and conductor William Schatzkamer, professor emeritus of music in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, died Wednesday, September 12, 2012 of congestive heart failure at his home in Olivette. He was 96.
Schatzkamer was the founding conductor and musical director of the Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis, which continues to present an annual series of summer concerts. Since 1970, those concerts have been held in WUSTL’s Brookings Quadrangle.
A memorial serivce will begin at 9:30 Saturday, November 10, in Graham Chapel.
For more information, contact the Department of Music at (314) 935-5566.