ATLANTIC CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL EVENTS
October 5 — 7, 2012
The Bay-Atlantic Symphony 2nd Annual Atlantic City Music Festival begins on October 5 and runs to October 7 with three big concerts at Dante Hall Theater 14 N. Mississippi Ave, Atlantic City, NJ
Friday, October 5, 8 PM – Atlantic Brass Band - Atlantic Brass Band, celebrating its 26th year, is one of the premier performing ensembles in southern New Jersey.
Atlantic won top honors at the 2011 National Championship in Grand Rapids, Michigan, taking first place in the championship section. The band’s program included “On the Shoulders of Giants” by Peter Graham and “Dances and Arias” by Edward Gregson.
Jubilee Overture – Philip Sparke Cleopatra – Eugene Damare Bryan Appleby-Wineberg, Cornet Soloist Liu’s Aria from “Turandot” – Giacomo Puccini, arr. Gram Gay Bryan Appleby – Wineberg, Cornet Soloist Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber INTERMISSION Knight Templar – George Allan
Finale from Daphnis and Chlöe – Maurice Ravel, arr. Howard Snell
Tone Poem-Resurgam – Eric Ball
Enchanted Kingdom – Paul Lovatt-Cooper
Jubilee Overture – Philip Sparke
Cleopatra – Eugene Damare
Bryan Appleby-Wineberg, Cornet Soloist
Liu’s Aria from “Turandot” – Giacomo Puccini, arr. Gram Gay
Bryan Appleby – Wineberg, Cornet Soloist
Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber
Knight Templar – George Allan
Saturday, October 6, 8 PM – The Random Canyon Growlers will perform hard-driving bluegrass and old time music boosted by laser bean harmonies. The Growlers, based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has toured all over the Northwest and will drop into the Atlantic City Music Festival right before their European tour.
Random Canyon Growlers Bio
Jamie Drysdale (lead vocals, guitar)
Born into a musical family in central Vermont in 1983, Jamie Drysdale was exposed to endless classical music. His mother and father, both conductors, enrolled him in piano lessons at the age of six. Jamie also began singing at an early age and participated in many competition choirs across Vermont. In college, Jaime discovered bluegrass music after an encounter with the acoustic music of Doc Watson. In 2008, Drysdale moved to Driggs, ID to ski. It’s here where he formed the Growlers with childhood friend David McMeekin, and Bassist Matt Donovan.
Brock Benjamin (banjo, vocals)
Brock Benjamin is a native of Wichita, KS and became interested in the banjo and bluegrass music after attending the famous Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. He now lives in Jackson, Wyoming where he performs for various bands in the valley including Steam Powered Airplane. When not playing banjo and repairing instruments he spends his time hiking and playing disc golf.
Jon Degroot (guitar, mandolin, vocals)
Raised in rural southern Oregon, Jon began playing acoustic music with his mom and two brothers at a young age. Jon and younger brother Martin formed the Tall Boys bluegrass band in Bozeman, MT, playing in southwest Montana and touring in Oregon and northern California. Since then, Jon has spent five years playing lead guitar for Jackson Wyoming’s Steam Powered Airplane and now the Random Canyon Growlers. You may see him picking the Mandolin, an instrument he’s recently brought to the stage since becoming a Growler.
Matt Herron (fiddle)
Born in Ipswich, MA Matt Herron began playing classical violin in kindergarten. With a strong folk music scene in New England it was only a matter of time before he developed a passion for bluegrass and Irish fiddling. Moving to Washington State for college, Matt eventually helped to form the acoustic quartet, the Loose Digits, which was welcomed on the stages of the Northwest String Summit, NW Folklife Festival, and Rockygrass. Now performing and teaching violin in Jackson, WY Matt is excited to add his unique fiddling to the Random Canyon Growlers.
Matt Donovan (bass)
As a freshman in high school, Matt Donovan bought a simple electric bass & amp combo for $100. He developed technique and theory in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri until he graduated high school and departed for the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. By immersing himself in the burgeoning acoustic scene his taste for bluegrass music grew. After relocating to Jackson, Wyoming in 2007 to ski the Tetons he became a regular attendee of the legendary Hootenanny at Dornan’s where he met the founding members of Random Canyon Growlers.
Sunday, October 7, 4 PM – The Bay-Atlantic String Quartet will perform glorious music with a multi-cultural flavor by Turina, Still, and Dvorak in an exciting and moving all-string concert. Composed the of the Symphony’s elite string performers, the Bay-Atlantic String Quartet are virtuosic performers as well as rock-solid ensemble players with immaculate, razor-edged precision.
Joaquin Turina – La Oracion del Torero
William Grant Still – Danzas de Panama
Antonin Dvorak – String Quartet no. 12, opus 96 in F major
About the Musicians
Violinist Nancy Jan has been the Associate Concertmaster of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony since 2000. She is an active chamber and orchestral musician in the South Jersey and Greater Philadelphia area. With a Bachelor and Masters of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, she has performed in the Reading Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Philly Pops, Orchestra 2001, Vox Amadeus, and the Salute to Vienna Orchestra.
Ms. Jan is currently a full-time string teacher at Winslow Township Schools Nos. 5 and 6. Many of her students have been accepted into the All State Youth Orchestra, South Jersey Youth Orchestra, Rowan Youth Orchestra, and Philadelphia Youth Sinfonia. This past spring, she had the opportunity to record two works of music never yet recorded—Robert Russell Bennett’s Water Music (1932), and String Quartet (1956) with the members of Bay-Atlantic Symphony.
Violinist Genaro Medina began his musical training in his native Venezuela, under the auspice of the renowned orchestral music program phenomenon “El Sistema.” At age 16, he achieved professional status and became the youngest member ever to join the Carabobo State Symphony Orchestra, touring with it as first violinist in several countries. In 1999, Mr. Medina came to the United States, completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Duquesne University with under the tutelage of the world-famous violinist, conductor, and pedagogue Sidney Harth, with awards and full scholarships.
Mr. Medina has appeared as a soloist with symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras in Venezuela, including the Carabobo Symphony and Carabobo University Chamber Orchestras. In the United States, he has performed with the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sidney Harth in Carnegie Hall, in Pittsburgh, PA .
As a recitalist, he has been featured in the concert series of the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, VA, as well as in the PNC Recital Hall in Pittsburgh, PA. One of Mr. Medina’s performance highlights includes the Pittsburgh premiere of Road Movies, for violin and piano, by the American composer John Adams, who was present at the performance. Mr. Medina has also performed solo recitals and concerts with the Interharmony Music Festival Chamber Orchestra in Germany and the Netherlands. Last year, he was invited to perform the United States premiere of Lacrymae, for violin solo, by Israeli composer Eli Tamar at the Northwest College Music Society conference at the University of Idaho. As result of this acclaimed performance, he was invited to perform this year at the Northeast College Music Society conference at the State University of New York (SUNY) Fredonia.
In addition to performing in the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Mr. Medina has served as concertmaster of several ensembles, including the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra under the
direction of Sidney Harth, the Interharmony Chamber Orchestra, and the West Virginia University Symphony. As an orchestral player, had the pleasure of working with world famous artists including Metropolitan Opera singer Maria Cornetti, and world-renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman. Currently, he is in the final stage of completing his Doctoral studies at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.
Violist Ana Tsinadze was born in the USSR and is a graduate of the Tbilisi State Conservatory and the recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. She has won several competitions as a soloist and chamber musician, and has performed internationally with many orchestras, including the Tbilisi Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Georgian State Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony, Acadiana Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Allentown Symphony, and Symphony in C.
Outside of classical music, Dr. Tsinadze has collaborated with a number of stars such as Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, David Bromberg and the Angel Band, Frank Sinatra Jr., Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, and others. She was, several years, violist of the internationally-acclaimed Serafin String Quartet. In addition to being a principal violist of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, she is on the faculty of the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.
Cellist Elizabeth Mendoza received a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the Peabody Institute and a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She was principal cellist of the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 1996. From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Mendoza was director of the chamber orchestra and instrumental chamber music programs at the Rudolf Steiner High School of Ann Arbor, MI. While in Michigan, she also performed with the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Flint Symphony, and the Michigan Opera Theater.
Currently residing in the Philadelphia area, Ms. Mendoza performs with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, and also teaches privately. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Mendoza has been a member of the Chanticleer String Quartet in Richmond, IN for the past 18 summers.
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Dante Hall Theater
14 N.Mississippi Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Between Atlantic and Arctic Avenues