Symphony’s first concert in new Cumberland County performance home

Concert also at Stockton University on October 30

Reduced ticket prices in all venues this season thanks to Woodruff Energy sponsorship

ATLANTIC CITY/BRIDGETON, NJ (9/27/2016)—The Bay Atlantic Symphony will open its 2016-17 subscription concert season with a Red Carpet Evening, starting a new chapter in its new Cumberland County performance home, Vineland’s historic Landis Theater. The concert, featuring masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Mozart, takes place on Saturday, October 29, at 8 p.m. The theater is located at 830 E. Landis Ave., in the heart of Vineland’s downtown district.

Under the direction of Music Director Jed Gaylin, the concert will be one of contrasts. Tchaikovsky’s suave, charming, spirited Serenade for Strings comes from a composer known for works full of passion and brooding. Mozart’s Requiem, his last work, is fierce and intense in contrast to the transparency and verve of many of his works. The Requiem will feature soprano Natalie Conte, mezzo-soprano Jessica Renfro, tenor Gran Wilson, and bass-baritone Robert Cantrell, with Choral Arts of South Jersey and Stockton Chorale.

The concert will also be presented at the Stockton University  Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway Township, on Sunday, October 30, at 2 p.m.

For this season’s subscription concert series, reduced ticket prices—$30 per concert plus service charges —will be for all seats in both venues, subsidized by the generosity of sponsorship by Woodruff Energy. Group and student rates are also available.

Tickets for the Landis Theater performance may be ordered by calling (866) 811-4111, or by visiting the SPOT marketplace located at 618 E. Landis Avenue in Vineland, N.J., (856) 839-2825. For the Stockton performance, call the Stockton University Performing Arts Center box office at (609) 652-9000.

All Bay Atlantic Symphony performances will be preceded one hour prior to starting time with a “Pre-Concert Conversation with the Maestro.” The Symphony’s pre-concert lectures are free and open to the public.

“We are so excited about inaugurating this new relationship with the Landis Theater and this new partnership with the City of Vineland,” Gaylin said. “The Landis Theater is an icon of downtown Vineland and we’re proud to be part of what will be the theater’s 80th anniversary next year. Some wonderful initiatives are resulting from this collaboration.”

These concerts are also made possible through funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

About Natalie Conte

Soprano Natalie Conte has appeared in opera, oratorio, and concert in the United States—including Baltimore, Washington, Massachusetts, and her hometown of Detroit—and internationally in Rome, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. She frequently appears as a soloist in Outreach programs for the Lyric Opera House of Baltimore. She also has concertized at the Russian Embassy, with the Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation, the Baltimore Concert Opera, the Young Victorian Theatre Company, Live Arts Maryland, at the State Department. She teaches voice both privately and at Shepherd University where she has held an adjunct voice faculty position since September of 2008.

About Jessica Renfro
Mezzo-soprano Jessica Renfro has performed with opera companies including Opera Tampa, Opera Delaware, Dicapo Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, Mid-Atlantic Opera Company, Boheme Opera and, most recently, at the prestigious Opera di Firenze’s Maggio Musicale. As a concert artist, Renfro has performed previously with the Bay Atlantic Symphony, as well as with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Bach in Baltimore Concert Series. With members of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, she has participated in a CD of music by Robert Russell Bennett in which she sang Three Chaucer Songs.

About Gran Wilson
Tenor Gran Wilson has sung with companies such as the New York City Opera, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Australian Opera, Oper Frankfort, Netherlands Opera, Vlaamse Oper, Teatro di San Carlo Lisboa, Opera de Nice, Teatro Galdos Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, L’Opera de Toulon, L’Opera Royal de Wallonie, Theatre Graslin Nantes, L’Opera de Nancy et de Lorraine, St. Paul Symphony, Edinburgh Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto USA Festival, and Mostly Mozart Festival. On radio, he has been heard on NPR affiliates with The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Seattle Opera, Miami Opera, St. Louis Opera, Central City Opera, Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Richmond Symphony.  He has also appeared with the Washington National Opera, National Symphony, Baltimore Opera, Opera Vivente, Washington Lyric Opera, Capital Symphony, Hopkins Symphony, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

About Robert Cantrell
Bass-baritone Robert Cantrell has appeared with the Washington National Opera, Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Baltimore Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Delaware, Sarasota Opera, Opera Vivente, Washington Summer Opera, and Opera Ebony. He has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, Prince George’s Philharmonic, Baltimore Concert Artists, Baltimore Choral Arts, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Loudon Symphony, York Symphony, Columbia Pro Cantare, Deer Creek Chorale, Easton Choral Arts, Baltimore Masterworks Chorale, MidAtlantic Symphony, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. Upcoming engagements include appearances with the Prince George’s Philharmonic, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the Baltimore Choral Arts. He is on the voice faculty at the Baltimore School for the ARTS and at the Washington National Operas’ Summer Institute for Young Singers.

About The Bay Atlantic Symphony
The Bay Atlantic Symphony performs symphonic and chamber concerts and educates adults, young people, and special populations throughout southern New Jersey in the beauty and power of classical music. Since its founding as the Bridgeton Symphony in 1983, the orchestra has been recognized for its world-class performers, diverse programs and outstanding community services. Under the talented baton of passionate Music Director Jed Gaylin since 1997, the Bay

Atlantic Symphony is the only professional orchestra to serve the five southern-most counties of New Jersey. The Orchestra makes great music accessible through live concerts with low ticket prices at the Stockton Performing Arts Center (PAC), the historic Landis Theater in Vineland, the Avalon Symphony by the Sea Series, the Cape May Music Festival, and Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.

The Symphony’s value to the community goes far beyond performing great music. As a cultural centerpiece, the BAS is a treasured music education resource.  By creating meaningful, interactive music experiences for children, adults, the visually-impaired, veterans, and seniors with limited mobility, the BAS strives to create vibrant communities rooted in the love of music.  The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has honored Bay Atlantic Symphony with a 2017 Citation of Excellence, which denotes arts programs and projects that receive the Council’s highest possible assessment. To learn more, visit, call (856) 451-1169, or visit them on Facebook.

About the Landis Theater
The Landis Theater had its grand opening in March of 1937. Originally, an Art Deco-style movie theater, the Landis Theater also showcased many vaudeville acts, including Abbott and Costello. In 1997 the theater closed its doors. The restoration of the theater is the cornerstone of a major redevelopment plan for Main Street Vineland. Through the efforts of Vineland’s Redevelopment Plan, the theater has been returned to its original splendor and had a grand re-opening in 2010.

The venue, which is managed by the Board of Directors of the Landis Theater Foundation, seats 750 patrons and includes an elevator to the luxurious mezzanine. The stage and fly areas were expanded and can now accommodate all types of performing arts productions. A backstage expansion provides support areas for the theater, including dressing rooms, bathrooms with showers, rehearsal space, theater support area, and a Green Room. The theater lobby can accommodate corporate and community events. Ample parking is also available.