Gateway Chamber Orchestra Winter Baroque

Clarksville's award-winning Gateway Chamber Orchestra returned to Madison Street United Methodist Church to present the seventh installment of Winter Baroque, a holiday tradition featuring music from Handel's “Messiah" and Bach's “Magnificat.”

GCO, under the direction of Greg Wolynec, began the nearly 2-hour program with J. S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 1, BWV 1066 featuring Janice Crews and Amy Mitchum, oboe; and Amy Gillick, bassoon. Next was Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for 2 Flutes, Op. 47, No. 2 featuring Angela Reynolds and Lisa Wolynec, flute. Lastly, A. Corelli's Concerto Crosso, Op. 6, No. 1 was performed, featuring Emily Hanna-Crane and Ryan Cockman, violin, and Meghan Berindean, cello.

After a brief intermission, Douglas Rose took the baton to direct the choir in three traditional a capella works from the Baroque period. The choir and orchestra were then brought together to perform Cantata BWV 142 by J. S. Bach.

The concert concluded with the audience being asked to join in the performance of two traditional carols, O Come, All Ye Faithful, and Hark, The Herald Angels Sing arranged by David Willcocks.

It was an afternoon of timeless music beautifully performed inside the beautiful Madison Street UMC that will not soon be forgotten.

Story + Photography by Tony Centonze


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