Gateway Chamber Orchestra bringing Haydn Festival performances to Franklin

Gateway Chamber Orchestra bringing Haydn Festival performances to Franklin

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee is launching a new annual music festival that will feature multiple concerts over five days at various venues in Clarksville and Franklin, Tennessee, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The premiere of America’s Haydn Festival, April 4-8, 2019, will honor the father of the Symphony and the String Quartet, Franz Joseph Haydn.

Gregory Wolynec, Gateway Chamber Orchestra Music Director, said he hopes the roll-out of the new festival could bring even more national attention to Middle Tennessee, already known as a music tourism destination.

“This festival will be truly one-of-a-kind; there isn’t one like it anywhere in the country,” he states. “Haydn is a composer that we have dedicated so much of our first 10 years to, with performances of his works becoming a calling card for our orchestra. Celebrating the incredible scope of Haydn’s creations, from beginning to end, with some of Middle Tennessee’s finest musicians is the perfect way to start a new festival. His musical career was so expansive and influential that we’ll have inspiration for
years to come.” This new festival will spotlight performances by string quartets and the full Gateway Chamber Orchestra at venues in Clarksville, Franklin and Fort Campbell.

According to Wolynec the date, time and location for the Fort Campbell event will be announced

America’s Haydn Festival will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, with a String Quartet concert performed at First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Clarksville. The same program will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, the GCO will present Haydn’s symphonies No. 1 and No. 104, the famous London symphony, at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. On Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. the same program will be repeated at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin.

GCO Principal Cellist Michael Samis will be featured at both venues performing Haydn’s 2nd Cello Concerto. Samis was previously featured in collaboration with the GCO in his critically acclaimed 2014 debut recording.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra season ticket holders will have the opportunity to buy String Quartet performance tickets at a discounted rate. To purchase tickets, visit

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