Gateway Festival Orchestra in concert July 17

42nd annual summer concert series continues with “The French Connection”

The Gateway Festival Orchestra will continue its 42nd annual season of free summer performances with a concert entitled “The French Connection” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, in Washington University’s Brookings Quadrangle.


WHO: Gateway Festival Orchestra

WHAT: “The French Connection”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17

WHERE: Brookings Quadrangle, near the intersection of Brookings and Hoyt drives

COST: Free and open to the public

INFORMATION: (314) 935-4841

PROGRAMS: Music of Cesar Franck and popular songs

Brookings Quadrangle is located just west of Brookings Hall, near the intersection of Brookings and Hoyt drives. The public is encouraged to bring lawn seating. For more information, call (314) 935-4841.

The orchestra is conducted by James Richards, professor of music at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. The all-French program will include César Franck’s Symphony in D minor as well as a set of popular songs featuring local singer Elsie Parker.

The Gateway Festival Orchestra was established in 1964 by William Schatzkamer, professor emeritus in piano in the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences, and other local musicians, in part to provide summer employment to members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. The group originally performed on the downtown riverfront but relocated to Washington University in 1970.

The summer concert series is sponsored by Washington University’s Department of Music in Arts & Sciences; the Arts & Education Counci; the Missouri Arts Council and The Regional Arts Commission of Saint Louis.

Subsequent concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24 and 31.