GATEWAY FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA OF ST LOUIS

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 50211 St Louis MO 63105 USA

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This is an orchestra assembled of area professional musicians performing high quality music for the public. The programs are often based on themes and culture. Making this these programs free to the public provides people with an opportunity to hear symphonic music in a relaxed atmosphere on the campus of Washington University. Parents can bring their young children, whereas the youngest ones are not allowed in a St. Louis Symphony concert. People who might be intimidated by a more formal setting can have a chance to experience repertoire. Concerts are outdoor and people bring lawn chairs or blankets. By keeping this orchestra funded, musicians are kept employed during a very financially challenging time of year and audiences are presented live music.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the joy in people's faces, having attended the concerts and their moods lifted.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

playing in some special educational concerts for children as part of a string quartet introducing music and the instruments.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated to its success.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer more educational concerts

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Orchestral music is usually presented with great formality in a lavish performance space which promotes this music as intended for the elite and sophisticated. Not so, the summer GFO concerts in Washington University's Quad. The power of great orchestra music is presented outside with the informality and serenity or the space a part of the listening experience. Sandals, shorts and a lawn chair are all that is required to soak up the magic of the concerts of classical music. Special memorable performances are more unique when experienced under the stars and in stunning quietness in our bustling city. The GFO is an excellent professional orchestra providing summer concerts of high quality performances.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

live professional quality performances.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire an exec dir. and fund raiser.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is stronger musically and has a more efficient and active board this last year.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate about bringing their skills and support to the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand their offering of orchestral concerts and provide chamber music concerts at selected venues in the area and concerts for youth in the summer and all year round.

Ways to make it better...

the weather is not too hot.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funds. From the beginning we have relied on partial payments, always declining, for the musicians. The Music Performance Fund also included covering performance rights payments and taxes. We don't have that anymore.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Jim Richards is an amazing musical, patient and demanding conductor. We are very lucky to have him at the helm.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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