Gateway Classical Music Society Will Feature the Gateway Orchestra in Three Symphonic Masterworks and Award Winning Violinist in the Sibelius Violin Concerto

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Gateway Classical Music Society, presenting "Great Works of Art" performances of masterworks in New York City and Connecticut neighborhoods since 2004, will feature the 60 piece Gateway Orchestra in the Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 with violinist Simon Hu, and the Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 on Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:00 p.m. at The Little Church Around The Corner, 1 East 29th Street in New York; and on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 - 8:00 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich, CT.

Gateway Classical Music Society will present the Gateway Orchestra (an American orchestra performing in New York City and Connecticut neighborhoods since 2004) on Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:00 p.m. at The Little Church Around the Corner, 1 East 29th Street in New York City and on Friday, November 4, 2011 – 8:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich, CT. Gateway’s "Great Works of Art Up Close and Personal" program will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juilet Fantasy Overture, and the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 featuring violin soloist Simon Hu, winner of numerous awards including the Sibelius Concerto Competition. The orchestra will be conducted by Ida Angland. The Gateway Orchestra is a member of the League of American Orchestras. Tickets for both performances may be purchased at the door beginning 7:00 p.m. on performance nights or on website http://www.GATEWAYCLASSICAL.ORG Ticket prices: $30 Adult; $25 Senior and $15 student.

Gateway Classical Music Society’s objectives are twofold: to present performances of masterworks that are powerfully experienced and to provide opportunities for deserving artists to perform major works with The Gateway Orchestra. Gateway presents soloists of outstanding talent from all over the world. Gateway’s "Great Works of Art Up Close and Personal" program initiative, (performances of large music masterworks in smaller than conventional venues), has been met with enthusiastic audience response and reviews extolling the performances. Past achievements include Verdi’s Aida, the inaugural performance in Old Greenwich in 2004; followed by Gateway’s New York City debut with Aida in 2005; Bizet’s Carmen; the Verdi Requiem; Verdi’s Rigoletto; the Rossini Stabat Mater; the Beethoven Ninth Symphony; Puccini’s Madama Butterfly; numerous highlights performances; the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 and other orchestral works.

Ida Angland is the Artistic Director for Gateway Classical Music Society and the Conductor of the Gateway Orchestra. Gateway’s performances have been described in reviews as “thrilling,” “compelling,” “a revelation,” “unforgettable,” and “amazing.” Ida Angland has been described as having “inner genius,” “flair,” “idealism,” and “grit.” Prior to her involvement with Gateway, she assistant conducted for the New York Grand Opera for 7 years.

Violinist Hu Shenghua (Simon Hu) has shown outstanding talent since beginning violin at the age of four. Winning his first contest at age seven in China’s Anhui Province, he has gone on to win numerous contests, scholarships and awards. He was chosen as one of ten internationally selected artists to perform at the Starling-DeLay Symposium at the Juilliard School in New York and won a full scholarship to study at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2006. Mr. Hu performed the Bruch Violin Concerto for Chinese television at age 10 and the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Nan Jing Symphony Orchestra at age 15 and with the Orchestra of the Shanghai Conservatory. At age 18 he attended the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing where he performed the Sibelius Concerto with the China Broadcasting Orchestra. As the winner of the Sibelius Concerto Competition in Cincinnati, he performed with the Cincinnati Philharmonia in 2007. Mr. Hu has received numerous other awards including the Grand Prize for the Long Island Conservatory Violin Competition. He has performed for special events concerts with Gateway and will be playing with the Gateway Orchestra for the first time on October 27 at The Little Church Around the Corner, 1 East 29th Street in New York City.

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