The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) is proud to announce a one-day, exclusive event on Saturday, June 17 with flautist William Bennett, an Order of the British Empire (OBE) recipient for distinguished service to the music community. The Historic Franklin Masonic Hall will host an afternoon matinee with Bennett supported by soloists from the GCO and a grand evening soirée with Bennett as a featured performer with the GCO.
“William Bennett is one of the most celebrated performers and teachers in the history of the flute,” says GCO Music Director Gregory Wolynec. “He has served as Principal Flute with the London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra and has been featured on literally hundreds of CDs. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear this legendary figure of the flute world perform in historic Franklin!”
In addition to being awarded OBE in 1995, an honor that is ranked one step below knighthood, Bennett has received the following accolades:
- "Lifetime Achievement Award" - National Flute Association
- "Flautist Laureate" - British Flute Society
- "Flute of Gold" - Italian “Falaut” Flute Society
- "Lifetime Achievement Award" - Chicago Flute Club
Full details on the performances are below:
Date: Saturday, June 17
Location: Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Hiram Lodge #7
Address: 115 2nd Ave S, Franklin, TN 37064
Note: A portion of the proceeds from both performances will be donated to support the rehabilitation efforts of the Historic Franklin Masonic Hall.
Matinee: William Bennett and Gateway Chamber Orchestra Soloists
Program to include works by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, and Mozart.
Gateway Chamber Orchestra Featuring William Bennett
Time: 7:30 PM (pre-concert talk at 7:10 PM)
Selections featured in the program:
Felix Mendelssohn - Nocturno
Charles Gounod - Petite Symphonie (This work was written for the legendary Paul Taffanel, a celebrated Parisian flautist. Bennett will perform the part originally performed by Taffanel)
Antonin Dvorak - Czech Suite
More information is on the orchestra's web site here.