James Richards

Cityscape
6:52 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Gateway Festival Orchestra Begins Its 50th Season

James Richards Conducts the Gateway Festival Orchestra

The Gateway Festival Orchestra was founded in 1964 by Washington University Music Professor and concert pianist William Shatzkamer along with a number of musicians and community leaders. Its motivation was to fill a void of summertime classical music in the St. Louis region.  At that time, the St. Louis Symphony season was only six months long, so the Gateway Festival Orchestra’s summer season of outdoor concerts provided an opportunity for Symphony and other professional musicians to practice their craft while providing St.

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