Gateway Festival Orchestra
“The Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis was established in 1964 by William Schatzkamer (see bio below), then Professor of Music at Washington University, three members of the St. Louis Symphony (Alexander Lydzinski, Henry Loew and Jerome Rosen) and community leaders Kenneth Billups, Lily Kaufman and Martin Lanznar. At that time, the season of the St. Louis Symphony lasted only six months, leaving the summer devoid of symphony concerts and St. Louis Symphony musicians in need of musical employment. With support from the two locals of the American Federation of Musicians, the Gateway Festival Orchestra was created to provide free summer concerts performed by an orchestra of 50 professional musicians playing great music from the symphonic repertoire.
The first season of the Gateway Festival Orchestra was held on the levee of the Mississippi River, near where the Gateway Arch was being built. Its 50 musicians came from Local 2 of the American Federation of Musicians and included eleven black musicians from Local 197. Since 1970, the Gateway Festival Orchestra has performed in the open-air shell of the lovely, grassy Brookings Quadrangle on the campus of Washington University.” -Gateway Festival Orchestra