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Clarksville’s Gateway Chamber Orchestra plans winter concert

Gateway Chamber Orchestra and Gateway Chorale performing their 2022 Winter Baroque concert at Madison Street United Methodist Church in Clarksville. The 2023 concert will be held on Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. PHOTO BY JEFF DANAULT

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) is proud to announce its upcoming concert, “Winter Baroque.” As one of the leading chamber orchestras in the county, the GCO has captivated audiences for over a decade with their artistry and passion.

GCO’s fan-favorite event, “Winter Baroque,” returns on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, showcasing the GCO Chorale, as well as an enchanting collaboration with the esteemed Clarksville Children’s Chorus. This year’s performance will feature Jan Zelenka’s mesmerizing “Gloria,” a masterwork by an often-overlooked Czech master. A terrific cast of soloists includes soprano Penelope Shumate, counter-tenor Min Sang Kim, and baritone Jeffrey Williams. Baroque orchestral favorites, including the famous overture to Handel’s Messiah and the timeless “Christmas Concerto” by Arcangelo Corelli, are also on the program. The concert is at Madison Street United Methodist Church in Clarksville, on Nov. 19 at 4 p.m.

Maestro Gregory Wolynec expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming concert, stating, “This concert has marked the beginning of the Holiday season for Clarksville for over a decade now. In that time, we have featured works by the three most famous Baroque composers (Bach, Vivaldi and Handel) while also introducing audiences to overlooked treasures. Just over 20 years ago, I had a chance to spend a magical year in Prague where I was introduced to a number of new to me composers and works. I am delighted to finally feature one of my biggest discoveries from that trip. Zelenka’s ‘Gloria’ is simply enchanting.”

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) is a nationally recognized American cultural institution committed to enriching lives through innovative concerts, distinctive recordings, and inspiring educational programs. Conducted by Gregory Wolynec, the GCO performs in the George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall in Clarksville. The ensemble debuted in the fall of 2008 and has grown into a classically modeled chamber orchestra composed of leading symphony players, recording musicians and university faculty from Middle Tennessee and beyond, who delight in bringing their shared passion for the world’s greatest music to the community. Visit