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Gateway Chamber Orchestra: Winter Baroque
Gateway Chamber Orchestra Winter Baroque Concert
Gateway Chamber Orchestra presents two masterpieces composed by J.S. Bach to celebrate the GCO’s 10th anniversary of Winter Baroque programming. This performance features dazzling music by the Baroque giant who codified the musical period in which he lived. The Gateway Chamber Orchestra is excited to introduce nationally recognized choral director Tim Sharp as new director of the recently renamed Gateway Chorale. Soloists will include soprano Penny Shumate, countertenor Min Sang Kim, mezzo soprano Emma Jane Sharp and bass Christopher Mitchell.
Orchestral Suite No. 4
All four suites are in a popular French style, with this work featuring one of the largest orchestras from that time period. After a grand overture featuring trumpets and drums, a group of French dances lead to a joyful ending with a festive Réjouissance (Celebration). Guest trumpeter Péter Solymosi joins us from Hungary for this special occasion.
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Jean-Baptiste Lully is considered the greatest of the French Baroque composers. The court composer for Louis XIV, he defined French tastes with an emphasis on dance. His operas were famous for extensive use of ballet and faster dance styles than his predecessors. ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’ was Lully’s most successful collaboration with famed playwright Moliere, and tells a satirical story of social climbing. GCO is delighted to present a suite of rarely heard dances for this festive time of year.
The ‘Magnificat’, also known as ‘The Canticle of Mary’, is one of Bach’s most popular works. Sung in Latin, this piece showcases five soloists; two sopranos, an alto, a tenor and a bass. The text comes from the Gospel of Luke, and is about the visit made by the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elisabeth, who was also pregnant. She welcomed Mary with the words: ‘Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!’ Mary’s response, Magnificat anima mea Dominum (“My soul doth magnify the Lord.”) is the basis for this enduring music. The Magnificat is composed of twelve short parts, full of expressive power and praise about God’s compassion and mercy.
Two Concerts will be presented:
- Saturday, November 19, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville
- Sunday, November 20, at Madison Street Methodist Church in Clarksville
Nashville, TN 37201