Bay Atlantic Symphony Presents Brahms & Berlioz Featuring Mezzo-Soprano Cecelia Hall March 16 and 17


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Bay Atlantic Symphony Presents Brahms & Berlioz
Featuring Mezzo-Soprano Cecelia Hall March 16 and 17
A Concert of Ultimate Contrasts, Light and Dark, Punctuates the Symphony’s March Performance


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (January 29, 2019) – The Bay Atlantic Symphony presents a dramatic performance of ultimate contrasts for its March concerts featuring the music of German composer Johannes Brahms and French composer Louis-Hector Berlioz.  Performances take place Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. in the historic Landis Theater, 830 E. Landis Avenue, Vineland, N.J.; and Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. in Stockton University’s Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway, N.J. 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.  

Tickets are available at a reduced price of $30 each, thanks to the generous support of Woodruff Energy, and a grant through PNC Arts Alive. These concerts are also made possible through funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Landis Theater 856-691-3600 and Stockton University 609-652-9000, or online by visiting www.bayatlanticsymphony.org .

Under the baton of Bay Atlantic Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin, special guest performer and Mezzo-Soprano Cecelia Hall will sing Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été, Op.7 (Summer Nights). Lending her richly-hued voice and magnetic artistry, Hall brings to life this cycle of six poems written by French poet Théophile Gautier.  The poems were originally composed to music by Berlioz between 1843 and 1856, and while initially going unrecognized, by the 20th Century Summer Nights became, and still is, one of Berlioz’s most popular works.

The contrast unfolds as the next work by Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98, also the German composer’s final symphony, miraculously deepens with each tone and yet simultaneously somehow shimmers with almost piercing luminosity. The conclusion of the work is one of the most shattering movements in all of music.

About Cecilia Hall
American Cecelia Hall is one of today’s most established young mezzo-sopranos. Hailed by the Financial Times for her “easy flexibility, arresting poise and enveloping warmth,” she has appeared since 2014 in leading roles at many of the world’s finest stages, including Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, The Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Philadelphia, and Oper Frankfurt, where she is a member of the ensemble.

An alumna of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, Ms. Hall made debuts with the Seattle Opera as Wellgunde and Rossweisse in their 2013 Ring des Nibelungen and with the Fort Worth Opera as the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos (a role she previously sang with the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain and at the Tanglewood Music Festival).

Ms. Hall received much critical acclaim for her performance in the title role of Handel’s Teseo at Chicago Opera Theater, and she has also debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as the Second Priestess in Iphigénie en Tauride. A noted recitalist, Cecelia Hall has appeared several times at Carnegie Hall, both with the Horne Foundation and with Carnegie’s Ensemble ACJW. As a Samling Artist, she sang in recital at Wigmore Hall.

An alumna of the Juilliard School and DePaul University, Ms. Hall is a recipient of a 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, a 2012 Brian Dickie Outstanding Young Singer Award, the 2013 Lynne Harvey Foundation Scholarship from the Musician’s Club of Women, Third Prize from the 2013 Gerda Lissner Foundation, and the 2015 winner of the Norma Newton Award from the George London Foundation.


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, 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org , call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###

Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact: Fish With Feet, LLC
Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379 ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com

Mozart, Finzi and Verdi - oh my!

The Bay Atlantic Symphony will perform at the Landis Theater and Stockton’s PAC.

The Bay Atlantic Symphony will perform at the Landis Theater and Stockton’s PAC.

Lovers of beautiful classical music are in for a treat this week as pianist Juho Pohjonen will join the Bay Atlantic Symphony, conducted by Music Director Jed Gaylin, for two performances that will not be forgotten.

Audiences can prepare to revel in Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue as well as in Pohjonen’s passionate interpretation of Piano Concerto No. 23, K.488, A Major. Next, listeners will experience Finzi’s bittersweet and soaring Romance, followed by Verdi’s Symphony for Strings, E minor.

The performances will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the historic Landis Theater in Vineland; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Stockton University’s Performing Arts Center. 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.

The Landis Theater is located at 830 E. Landis Avenue, Vineland. Stockton University’s PAC is located at 101 Vera King Farris Drive in Galloway. Go to Bay Atlantic Symphony.org for more info.

— Ryan Loughlin


Miss America, children's choir joins Bay Atlantic Symphony for holiday concert

The Bay Atlantic Symphony will bring cheer and joy with two performances of their annual holiday concert.

"This is one of our concerts that lifts people's spirits," said music director and concert Maestro Jed Gaylin ""It's a delightful and heartwarming program".

The holiday concert is a mainstay of the Bay Atlantic Symphony's season featuring a number of traditional holiday songs and Baroque-style selections.

The orchestra will perform Saturday at the Landis Theater in Vineland and a sold out show Sunday at Stockton University's Campus Center Theater.

A newly arranged Hanukkah medley, featuring eight songs orchestrated together by a selected composer.

Gaylin said his favorite part of the show involves the children's choir which joins the musician to lead the audience in two carol sing-alongs.

As a child, Gaylin said he often arranged door-to-door caroling in his neighborhood, so to give area students in the choir a chance to sing holiday classics makes it a special event.

The children's choir is comprise of 20 to 40 kids, with ages ranging from 7 to high school age. More impressive is that the choir gets one chance to practice with the full symphony before taking the stage. "I tell the kids, this concert is to make people feel cheerful about the holidays, so have fun!” said Gaylin.

Also returning to join the orchestra, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin. Franklin previously sang at the Bay Atlantic Symphony's gala in September. "We usually have a opera singer and we've established a good relationship with Nia," said Gaylin.

Franklin is a classically trained opera singer, studied music composition at East Carolina University and has a master’s degree in music composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts. For the holiday concerts, Franklin will perform "O Holy Night" and the Bach arrangement of "Ave Maria".

“I am eager to perform alongside a beautiful and special group of musicians who value arts education," Franklin said in a statement. "The Bay Atlantic Symphony is doing great work by promoting two concerts, which are focusing on community engagement in their music. I feel very fortunate to have been asked to join their holiday concert series.”

For more information, visit www.bayatlanticsymphony.org


Why Jason Alexander of ‘Seinfeld’ refuses to answer to ‘George’ in public

jason.jpg

When actor Jason Alexander pairs with the Bay Atlantic Symphony at the Borgata in Atlantic City this weekend for his one-man show, "As Long As You're Asking — A Conversation with Jason Alexander," he won't focus on his time as George on Seinfeld. Instead, the Jersey-born Alexander will concentrate on singing songs from his career's start on Broadway, which includes roles in the original cast of the Hal Prince/Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along, Kander and Ebb's The Rink, Neil Simon's Broadway Bound, and his Tony Award-winning performance in Jerome Robbins' Broadway.

What made you think as a kid that you might want to be a magician … and then get out of magic when acting came calling?

What made me want to get in – and this is typical of many magicians – is that I was this geeky, shy kid enamored of magic and had a lot of alone time. I was a little overwhelmed by the world. I think the notion of being able to do these little seemingly miraculous things felt powerful. If I could do something amazing with my hands, I wouldn't have to speak, not really show my personality. I could just let the trick be me. I started really loving it, and getting into it – and then I got out of it, because I had a deep and abiding love of, and respect for, the craft of magic. I realized I wouldn't be good enough, especially considering that I wanted to be a close-up magician, to be able to do things in my hands. But my hands were – still are – small with short fingers that aren't great for cards or coin tricks. About the same time as I was getting out of that, age 13, I began hanging with the theater kids and going to shows.  I had just moved from one town in Jersey to another when I got onstage, as a Von Trapp child in The Sound of Music. … I realized there that theater was a great illusion, and perhaps I was better suited to that.

I like that you call theater an illusion. In one of his autobiographies, Stephen Sondheim mentions how you, above any actor he's worked with, played a middle-aged man best. You sing Sondheim in the show you're doing at the Borgata. You directed his Sunday in the Park with George. What does Sondheim mean to you?

Steve was among a handful of giants who made me want to do this. I talk about this in my symphony show, discovering the music of theater through my sister who had an enormous Broadway record collection. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumCompanyWest Side Story. … Working with him was so overwhelming that I almost missed it. I was 20, he couldn't have been nicer, more generous or gracious, and yet, I quaked in my shoes whenever I got within 10 feet of him. It was also not lost on me that I would be singing his songs in this role for the first time, that I would be its originator, and it's like being anointed, knighted even.

You also originated a role in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound, and worked closely with the comic playwright. 

He was amazing. I knew my first audition for that play was about as good as anything I would ever do. When they called, I thought they did so to offer me the part – that's how good I was. No. They asked to see me again. I couldn't find what they wanted me to improve. When I finally got the part, Neil told me, "We had to make sure it wasn't a fluke." … He even wrote me a note on opening night: "If I didn't have Danny, I'd want you as a brother." I had only the best of Neil.

The Seinfeld thing. You have worked with Larry David within the last decade — onstage with Fish in the Dark, on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. What is the relation like with him, since you played a version of him as George? Or the rest of the cast for that matter?

It's so hard to describe to people outside the experience. They get disappointed when I tell them that we are the best of work friends, and that that experience lasted so long, and was so intense and honest – we adored being with each other – yet we had no history of being social friends. The workday would end, and we were off and away from each other. Go to our separate corners, especially when they show ended. That said, if any one of us calls the other – and I can't tell you how many times I've called Jerry for endorsements and personal appearances, and he's there, which is the same for Larry, Michael, and Julia – we're golden. It's a wonderful relationship and we can re-create that affection at the drop of a hat.

Is there one Seinfeld thing that people yell at you, or catcall, that you're actually pleased to hear?

I don't mind any of it, to tell you the truth. I know that even the can't-stand-yous are hurled at me with some degree of affection. The only thing is, if you yell 'George,' at me in a public place, I probably won't acknowledge it – not because I'm offended – but because, on many occasions, I have cavalierly turned to acknowledge my praise and kinship, only to find that that same person is calling out to someone actually named George. So, yes, I have been embarrassed many times.

Miss America Nia Franklin Sings National Anthem to Open Bay Atlantic Symphony's Gala Concert

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Newly crowned Miss America 2019 and advocate for education in the arts Nia Franklin will sing the National Anthem at the opening of Bay Atlantic Symphony’s 11th Annual Gala Concert featuring: An Evening with Jason Alexander.

Scheduled for Saturday, September 29th, at 8 p.m. in the Borgata Casino Hotel and Spa’s Music Box Theater, the Gala Concert serves as the Symphony’s largest fundraiser of the year.

“We are thrilled to welcome special guest performer Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin to the stage for our annual gala concert,” stated music director for Bay Atlantic Symphony Jed Gaylin.

“As an accomplished composer of music and performer, Nia’s Miss America Social Impact Initiative of Advocating for the Arts, brings renewed energy and lends an important voice to the mission we work so hard to promote as a community symphony orchestra — which is to share the beauty, power and value of classical music with successive generations.

In addition to singing the National Anthem at the opening of the concert, Miss America will briefly address ticket holders and sponsors of the Gala’s VIP pre- concert dinner about the importance of continued support for arts education.

Now in its eleventh year, the Symphony’s Gala concert event serves as a critical annual fundraiser in support of Bay Atlantic’s dynamic music education programs and community outreach initiatives. Proceeds from event fund the orchestra’s free music education programs throughout the year for South Jersey’s school children, veterans and disabled populations.

Concert tickets are $79 per person. VIP tickets that include a pre-concert (black- tie optional) dinner at Borgata, preferred theater seating, and a post-concert cocktail and dessert reception are $199 per person. VIP Plus tickets are $349 each and include all VIP benefits plus an exclusive meet-and-greet with Jason Alexander after the performance.

To purchase a $79 concert ticket, call Borgata Box Office at 866-900-4849. For VIP, VIP Plus or discounted group sale tickets of 10 more, call the Bay Atlantic Symphony directly at 609-449-8780 or visit bayatlanticsymphony.org.

Why Should I Come to the Symphony?

jed.jpg

A couple of years ago, a Bay Atlantic Symphony board member was attending our final subscription concert of the year at the Stockton Performing Arts Center. She was sitting next to a Stockton student.

Our board member noticed the student was both transfixed, and also in tears. She asked the student if everything was OK.

The student had no idea her neighbor was associated with the orchestra. Her response was, “I just did not ever expect it could be so beautiful.”

Our concerts offer a transformative experience, an evening or afternoon that may well remain in your memory and consciousness forever. Much of this music was written with this idea in mind, that you would leave having an emotional truth uncovered, a powerful statement brought home about our place on the planet.

Perhaps it is for this reason, in addition to our education and community outreach, that I have so often heard the symphony called a rare treasure for the people of Cape May County.

In Avalon, this August, the response to Beethoven Symphony No. 5 and Mozart’s Second Flute concerto was over the top. Words like “riveted,” “transfixed,” and “goose bumps” were used by people throughout the Avalon audience for this music that has spoken to so many, so personally, over continents and hundreds of years.

This music reaches beyond entertainment. It is one experience to hear a five-minute catchy tune or a figure that reminds you of a scene, era, or moment in life. It is another to listen to a piece that works on your emotions and senses over the timespan of 30 or more minutes.

A great symphony will take you on an emotional odyssey, with ups and downs. By the time the final triumphant melody bursts forth in Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, as just an instance, we have collectively been through powerful musical ideas and emotional states that form a whole narrative with incredible impact.

Why should I come to the symphony? Those 30 minutes or more of sustained musical experience are acutely craved in today’s distracted world.

Cell phones are turned off, the hall is dark, and we have the chance to tend our individual souls through the senses; yet, we do so collectively as an audience. After all, we could just plug into our solipsistic gizmos, go on YouTube, and hear any great symphony desired. But, the act of coming together as a community to share this live moment is powerful.

It is why we visit with friends and don’t just call, why people go to houses of worship, why we are so happy to have children come home to see us.

Bay Atlantic Symphony concerts are performed within our communities, in relatively intimate halls (125 - 900 seats). With these proximities, the presence of the orchestra is powerful for the audience, and reciprocally the orchestra keenly senses the audience.

In a live performance, the exhilaration on stage comes from interacting with the attention and engagement from the audience. We respond subconsciously and instantaneously to that emotional state in the room.

Performers feel most alive when this shared music takes on a life of its own on that day, in a very specific and uncharted way. In this sense, you are part of the act of creation when you come to a live performance.

Afterward, the next day, members of the community, whether it is the Borough of Avalon after a concert at the free public library or after a Cape May music festival concert, share their feelings with each other. We establish a deep bond, wordless in its way, even though spoken about, that cements a community and gives us empathy for our fellow human beings.

What could be more powerful, more thrilling, and more worthwhile? Come hear and see for yourself, we look forward to meeting you.

Jed Gaylin is music director of Bay Atlantic Symphony and artist in residence at Stockton University. He also serves as music director of Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and music director of Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in West Virginia.

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 11TH ANNUAL GALA CONCERT
AN EVENING WITH JASON ALEXANDER

Saturday, September 29, 2018 ∙ 7 p.m. at Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (June xx, 2018) — Long before he became “Seinfeld’s” George Costanza, the vastly talented Jason Alexander was a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical star. This fall, he brings his Broadway tribute stage show to Atlantic City for an evening of song and comedy with the Bay Atlantic Symphony. The gala concert takes place Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa. 

“There’s a huge amount of excitement in the air regarding this year’s gala concert,” said Bay Atlantic Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin. Backed by the Symphony, Alexander, an award-winning Broadway song-and-dance man will bring a hilarious re-telling of his journey to and on the Broadway stage, featuring a concert program of great music from the theater along with comedy and audience interaction

Alexander first hit Broadway in 1981 with “Merrily We Roll Along” and continued to work on the stage while taking roles in movies like “The Mosquito Coast,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Pretty Woman.” In 1989, Alexander won the Lead Actor in a Musical Tony for his role in “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.”

And then came “Seinfeld.” For almost a decade, from 1989 to 1998, Alexander starred on the ground-breaking comedy, sharing an Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy with his castmates in 1992 and garnering multiple nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actor. 

Soon after the show’s run, the Boston Pops invited Alexander to perform with the orchestra for a PBS special. The show went so well that Alexander and the Pops performed together again at Carnegie Hall. The experience showed Alexander that a symphony concert doesn’t have to be stuffy. He’s been touring the country on and off ever since. 

Alexander has won praise for his orchestral performances. The Star-Telegram writes: “Alexander not only has an exceptional voice and a thoroughly honed gift for selling a song, but he can also be surprisingly light on his feet and work a room with an ease that any standup comedian would envy.”

The entertainer doesn’t want to reveal too much about the show so as not to spoil it, but he confirms that the show will be an irreverent evening of music, laughter and fun. He sings. He dances. He tells stories. At one point, he brings seven audience members on stage to perform along with him.

Now in its eleventh year, the Symphony’s Gala concert event serves as a critical annual fundraiser in support of Bay Atlantic’s dynamic music education programs and community outreach initiatives.  

“The Bay Atlantic Symphony believes music plays a vital role in lifelong learning. Our mission is to nurture a passion for orchestral music through diverse educational programming and excellent instruction,” said Meg Sippey, Executive Director. “Your support of the annual gala directly supports this mission and makes a lasting difference in so many lives.”

Concert tickets are $79 per person. VIP tickets that include a pre-concert (black-tie optional) dinner at Borgata, preferred theater seating, and a post-concert cocktail and dessert reception are $199 per person. VIP Plus tickets are $349 each and include all VIP benefits plus an exclusive meet-and-greet with Jason Alexander after the performance. 

To purchase a $79 concert ticket, please call Borgata’s Box Office at 866-900-4849. For VIP, VIP Plus or discounted group sale tickets of 10 or more, please call the Bay Atlantic Symphony directly at 609-449-8780 or visit www.bayatlanticsymphony.org. Gala concert tickets are subsidized by a generous grant provided through sponsorships from the PNC Arts Alive Foundation and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Additional sponsorships benefitting the Bay Atlantic Symphony’s education and outreach initiatives with extensive marketing recognition are available at www.bayatlanticsymphony.org or by calling 609-449-8780.  

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, 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org, call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###

Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact:

Fish With Feet, LLC
Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379
ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com
Or Jillian McKoy: 215/680.3392
jpmckoy@gmail.com

 

 

A Summer Season that offers something for audience members of all ages

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (May 16, 2018) — From favorite composers and free concerts to beloved songs from iconic movies, the Symphony has it all this summer. Just when other orchestras are wrapping up their seasons, the Bay Atlantic Symphony announces seven summer concerts at the southern New Jersey shore, made possible by collaborations with the Cape May Music Festival, the Avalon Summer Concert Series, and the City of Margate.

“Get swept away by an al fresco afternoon with Bach. Feel the haunting melodies of woodwinds. Embrace the vibrancy of our Independence Day concerts. Experience movie soundtracks like you never have before. With so many incredible programs, summer at the shore sounds exhilarating,” said Executive Director, Meg Sippey.

The Symphony’s Summer Concert Schedule is as follows:

Bach’s Lunch

Join select members of the Bay Atlantic Symphony for an intimate, al fresco afternoon of music, accompanied by a delicious tea luncheon under a tent. These mini concerts feature the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, generally considered one of the greatest composers of all time. Performances include selections from Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major; Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor; and Concerto for Strings & b.c. in D minor.

WHEN: Wednesdays: May 30, June 6, June 13 at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Carriage House Café & Tearoom on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street in Cape May.

ADMISSION: $30 per person. For more information, call 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

PART OF: The Cape May Music Festival presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities.

Prevailing Winds

This intriguing concert will feature the vast capabilities of woodwinds and brass. The evening begins with Gounod’s charming Petite Symphonie, which is filled with echoes of southern France. Then it’s on to Mozart’s Serenade No. 12. This so-called “serenade” is at times uncompromisingly tragic, even angry, creating a virtual symphony in its human pathos. Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds delivers ripples of nature and rural life in its folk-dance forms, providing a fitting close to this program filled with melody and emotion.

WHEN:  Thursday, June 7 at 8 p.m.

WHERE:  First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, located at 500 Hughes Street.

TICKETS:  General admission is $25 per person, $20 for seniors and $10 for students.
For tickets, call 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

PART OF:  The Cape May Music Festival presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities.

Two Free Concerts for Independence Day

A Bay Atlantic Symphony tradition! Music lovers won’t want to miss the chance to bring family and friends to enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites, along with a rousing version of the Star-Spangled Banner featuring the winner of this year’s local “O Say Can You Sing” competition. The evening’s musical lineup includes: Armed Forces––Pride of America!; Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo; Buckaroo Holiday; Liberty Bell March; Stars and Stripes Forever; 1812 Overture and more.

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, July 3 8 p.m. – Margate’s Potena Performing Arts Center, located at 780  Amherst Avenue. 

Wednesday, July 4 at 8 p.m. - Avalon’s Community Hall, located at 3001 Avalon Avenue.

ADMISSION: The concerts are free, however tickets are required for the Margate concert; with priority given to Margate residents beginning June 2 and for the general public beginning June 16.  For ticket availability, contact or visit the Margate City Library 609-822-4700.  Tickets are not required for the Avalon concert.

PART OF: The Margate Summer Concert Series, and The Avalon Summer Concert Series.  

Free Concert - Music and the Movies

Revel in an orchestral evening filled with music from iconic films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Empire Strikes Back, Dunkirk, the Harry Potter films, The Godfather, Jurassic Park, Magnificent Seven, several James Bond films, Moulin Rouge and Up along with a salute to cinema and a tribute to the great cinematic composer John Williams.

WHEN:  Sunday, July 22 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Avalon Free Public Library, located at 235 32nd Street.

ADMISSION: Admission is free but advance tickets are required. Ticket distribution begins at the Library for Avalon residents and property owners on June 1, and for the general public on  July 9. Tickets are subject to availability. For more information, call 609-967-7155 or stop by the Library.

PART OF: The Avalon Summer Concert Series, presented by the Avalon Free Public Library.  

Free Concert - Mozart & Beethoven, the Classical Classics

They are two of the most enduringly popular composers of all time and this summer, their music is yours to enjoy. Join the Symphony for an evening of beautiful masterpieces from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. This free concert will feature Mozart’s The Magic Flute Overture, one of his famous Flute Concerti, followed by selections from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

WHEN: Saturday, August 18 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Avalon Free Public Library, located at 235 32nd Street.

ADMISSION: Admission is free but advance tickets are required. Ticket distribution begins at the   Library for Avalon residents and property owners on July 1, and for the general public on August 6. Tickets are subject to availability. For more information, call 609-967-7155 or stop by the Library.

PART OF: The Avalon Summer Concert Series, presented by the Avalon Free Public Library. 

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, 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org, call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###

Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact:

Fish With Feet, LLC
Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379
ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com
Or Jillian McKoy: 215/680.3392
jpmckoy@gmail.com

 

VIOLIN SUPERSTAR STEFAN JACKIW HEADLINES BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY’S FINALE CONCERT


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

VIOLIN SUPERSTAR STEFAN JACKIW HEADLINES BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY’S FINALE CONCERT OF THE 2017/2018 SEASON FEATURING LEGENDARY WORKS BY BRAHMS AND MOZART – MAY 5 & 6


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (March 28, 2018) — The Bay Atlantic Symphony features a soaring program of classical music for its finale concerts of the 2017/2018 Season with masterworks by Johannes Brahms and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Featuring Violin superstar Stefan Jackiw in his seventh appearance with the Symphony, the finale concerts will take place Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Vineland’s Landis Theater.  Bay Atlantic Symphony is pleased to announce Landis Theater audiences overwhelmingly preferred the March 2018 matinee performance time of 3 p.m., which will serve as the time for this May concert as well.  A second concert will be performed Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. at the Stockton University Performing Arts Center. 

Concert tickets are available at a reduced price of $30 (ticketing/handling fees may apply), thanks to the generous support of Woodruff Energy. For Landis Theater performances, Group Tickets of ten or more are $15 each. Group tickets of ten or more for Stockton performances are 20% off. Individual and Group tickets can be purchased by calling the Landis Theater 856-691-3600 and Stockton University 609-652-9000.  Student tickets must be purchased in person at the box office and are $8 at Stockton and $10 at the Landis Theater. 

Under the baton of Music Director Jed Gaylin, the closing concerts of a season of blockbuster classics features a program of spell-binding lyricism and intensity.  Masterworks by composers Brahms and Mozart will be performed by the 50 plus professional musicians of Bay Atlantic Symphony, accompanied by guest violin virtuoso Stefan Jackiw.  

At the top of the program is German composer Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77.  Composed in 1878 and said to be dedicated to his friend and violinist Joseph Joachim, the masterwork is Brahms’ only violin concerto and considered to be one of the four great German violin concerti alongside Beethoven’s, Bruch, and Mendelssohn’s.  Written for a single violin and orchestra, Brahms’ concerto will illuminate Jackiw’s luminous virtuosity and leave audiences with no doubt as to why Jackiw is one of the most sought after violin solo artists in classical music today.

Closing the program, the Symphony Orchestra will perform Austrian born composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C major, K, 551.  Nicknamed the Jupiter Symphony, the piece was composed in 1788 and is the longest and last symphony Mozart ever composed.  A fitting conclusion to Bay Atlantic Symphony’s 2017/2018 Season, the Jupiter Symphony is regarded by many critics as Mozart’s most brilliant, and among the greatest classical music symphonies of all time.  

About Stefan Jackiw

Violinist Stefan Jackiw, making his seventh appearance with the Bay Atlantic Symphony, is  recognized as one of the most significant artists of his generation, combining poetry and purity of interpretation with an impeccable technique.

Last season Stefan Jackiw performed Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall with Mikhail Pletnev, before embarking on a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra. He also appeared in recital with acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk performing Ives Violin Sonatas. In Europe, Stefan returned to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and made his debut with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. And in Asia, he appeared for the first time with the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Hall under the direction of Krzysztof Urbanski, and returned to the Seoul Philharmonic under Mario Venzago. 

This season, Stefan will appear on tour throughout North America, including performances with the Vancouver Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony. Tours in Europe, will also take Stefan back to the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic with Ludovic Morlot, and to the Helsinki Philharmonic and Bern Symphony with Mario Venzago, and to the Munich Symphony. This season he also records Ives violin Sonata with Jeremy Denk for Nonesuch Records, ahead of their North American tour in the 2017-18 season. Previous recordings include the complete Brahms Sonatas for Sony, hailed by Fanfare as “now the recording of the Brahms sonatas to have.”

Jackiw made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in November 2012. He went on to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Detroit Symphony with James Gaffigan, with the Royal Philharmonic under Charles Dutoit, and with the Netherlands Philharmonic under Louie Langree; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and The Hague Philharmonic; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Melbourne Symphony under Sir Andrew Davis; and the South American premiere of a concerto by Osvaldo Golijov with the Sao Paolo Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop. 

Jackiw made his European debut in London at age 14 in 2002 to great critical acclaim, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Benjamin Zander. He has also performed abroad with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Ulster Orchestra of Ireland, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. 

Born in 1985 to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and is the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He lives in New York City.

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, 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org , call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###

Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact: Fish With Feet, LLC
Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379 ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com

Bay Atlantic Symphony Elects New Officers To Board of Trustees For Calendar Year 2018


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY
ELECTS NEW OFFICERS TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2018


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. ( January 8, 2018 ) — Bay Atlantic Symphony is proud to announce its new Board of Trustees leadership for calendar year 2018, and welcomes a brand new board member to its ranks. A member of the Board of Trustees since 2014, Cheryl O’Hara has been named Board President, and two-year board member Sheila F. Hughes, Esq. has been named Vice President. Bob Woodruff, Sr. remains in the position of Treasurer and Charles O’Hara will continue to serve as Secretary. Joining the board for the first time is casino and hospitality consultant, former casino industry executive in both Atlantic City and the Midwest and university instructor Mr. Robert Ambrose.

“I have been a fan of the Bay Atlantic Symphony for many years and serving on the board for this community treasure has been my privilege. I am both honored and humbled to serve as president of the Board of Trustees. In this capacity, I look forward to contributing my time and talents towards the continued growth and success of this beloved performing arts organization,” stated Cheryl O’Hara.

A life-long summer resident of Avalon, Cheryl became a year-round resident upon her retirement in 2012. A graduate of Lafayette College (BA Biology) and the State University of New York at Binghamton (MBA Marketing and Organizational Design), for most of her career Cheryl was a professor for McGowan School of Business of King's College (Wilkes-Barre, PA). In addition to teaching in the fields of marketing and business, Cheryl was one of the leaders in the design of King's nationally recognized curriculum assessment process. She also served as Associate Dean for Continuous Improvement while at King's and authored the successful accreditation report for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Upon relocating to the Washington D.C., Cheryl worked in the Institutional Research Office at Hood College (Frederick, MD), where she oversaw the implementation of their competency-based curriculum assessment plan.

In addition to being a Board member of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Cheryl is a member of the Advisory Council for RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) for Cape May County and is the current President of the Avalon Book Club. Cheryl’s other interests include photography, all things related to food, and traveling with her husband Chuck.

“I’ve watched the Bay Atlantic Symphony grow from a small, regional symphony to a world-class orchestra attracting some of the most talented classical guest performers in the world. It has been my privilege to serve on the board for the last year, and I
look forward to assisting in the ongoing evolution of the symphony as board Vice President,” stated Sheila F. Hughes Esq.

Sheila Hughes is an attorney at the Military Assistance Project ("MAP") headquartered in Philadelphia. As an AmeriCorps Equal Justice Works Fellow and a VA accredited attorney, Sheila provides pro bono legal services to veterans and active service members facing financial crisis. Sheila is also an Executive Board Member of the Atlantic County Bar Association and of South Jersey Life Skills Lab, Inc. Sheila spent eight years as an associate in the commercial litigation department at Cooper Levenson in Atlantic City. During that time she was recognized as Atlantic County's Outstanding Young Lawyer 2014 and Atlantic City Weekly's Top 40 Under 40 2013. Sheila lives in Atlantic City and travels the world as much as she possibly can.

Mr. Robert Ambrose is a casino and hospitality consultant, a former casino industry executive in both Atlantic City and the Midwest, and currently serves as an adjunct university instructor of casino and hospitality management for Fairleigh Dickinson University. Robert has an MS in hospitality management and is an editorial contributor for various gaming industry publications.

“The opportunity to join the esteemed group of professionals serving on the board of trustees for Bay Atlantic Symphony was one I could not pass up,” stated Robert Ambrose. The orchestra has become an amazing performing arts asset to the region, and I am thrilled to be a part of guiding its future.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Full biographies and headshots are available by visiting https://bayatlanticsymphony.org/in-the-news/ 


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, 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org , call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###

Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact: Fish With Feet, LLC
Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379 ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com

Bay Atlantic Symphony To Present the Music of Bach and Mendelssohn Featuring Violinist and Concert Master Ruotao Mao


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY TO PRESENT THE MUSIC OF BACH & MENDELSSOHN FEATURING VIOLINIST AND CONCERT MASTER RUOTAO MAO – JANUARY 20 & 21


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (December 26, 2017) — Celebrate the dawn of a new year with the Bay Atlantic Symphony as the orchestra performs some of the most recognizable and beloved classical music ever composed.  Symphony Concertmaster, violinist, and soloist Ruotao Mao will lead the orchestra for two live concert events featuring the music of Bach & Mendelssohn. Performances take place Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8 p.m. at Vineland’s Landis Theater and Sunday, January 21 at 2 p.m. at the Stockton University Performing Arts Center. Please note Ruotao as our guest artist and program repertoire are a change from previously published materials due to a scheduling conflict. 

Concert tickets are available at a reduced price of $30 each, thanks to the generous support of Woodruff Energy. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Landis Theater 856-691-3600 and Stockton University 609-652-9000, or online by visiting www.bayatlanticsymphony.org. Free valet parking is available for the Landis Theater performance. 

“The Symphony is thrilled to feature once again our very own concertmaster Ruotao Mao in our upcoming Bach and Mendelssohn concert,” said Music Director Jed Gaylin. “Ruotao’s virtuosity and the refinement and vitality he brings to his interpretation of these powerful classics is certain to leave audiences both delighted and replenished for the new year.”

The program begins with the Symphony’s performance of Mozart’s immediately recognizable and beloved Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade K.525).  Mao’s world class skill is on display in the next piece as the featured soloist for Johann Sebastian Bach’s innovative Concerto for Violin, No. 1 BWV 1041 in A Minor.  Following a brief intermission, Bay Atlantic Symphony performs the uplifting Sinfonia No. 8, in D Major, one of composer Felix Mendelssohn’s earliest and arguably most successful string symphonies.    

About Ruotao Mao
Violinist Ruotao Mao is an active soloist, chamber musician while holding numerous concertmaster posts in the tri-state area. His playing was described by The Classical New Jersey as "… virtuoso display of world-class magnitude." and "…the level of playing has reached far beyond mere technical competence." 

As a soloist, he appeared with orchestras such as the Jupiter Symphony, NEC Symphony, Corelliard Chamber Orchestra, the Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, Edison Symphony, the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Arcadian Symphony Orchestra and Rutgers University Orchestra among many others. In 2004,  Mr. Mao premiered a violin concerto by Ernie Stires in Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall.  

As a chamber musician, he is one of the founding members of the former Beijing Piano Quartet, winner of “Artists International Chamber Music Series” with appearances in Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center and also the highly acclaimed Amabile String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at Rutgers University(2000 and 2001). He had performance tours in Korea and Colombia, South America. He performed on WNYC, WETS and WDVR-FM broadcasts and is a recording artist for the CRI and Beijing Broadcast Labels. 

A native of Beijing, China, Mr. Mao graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with “distinction in performance” award. He earned his Master Degree in Music from the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Mr. Mao also serves as the concertmaster of Riverside Symphonia, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. He teaches violin and chamber music at The College of New Jersey and served as Area Instructor at Princeton University. 


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, 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org , call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###

Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact: Fish With Feet, LLC
Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379 ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com

THE CITY OF MARGATE’S FREE NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT FEATURING THE BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY & SOPRANO LAUREN SNOUFFER NEARS CAPACITY IN JUST 48 HOURS


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

THE CITY OF MARGATE’S FREE NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT
FEATURING THE BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY & SOPRANO LAUREN SNOUFFER
NEARS CAPACITY IN JUST 48 HOURS

Due to an overwhelming response from Margate residents, just “Standing Room Only” tickets remain for availability.  


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (November 8, 2017) — What are you doing New Year’s Eve?  Head “downbeach” for a FREE concert and ring in the New Year with the Bay Atlantic Symphony and internationally renowned soprano Lauren Snouffer, Sunday, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dominick A . Potena Performing Arts Center, located at 7804 Amherst Avenue in Margate City, New Jersey. 

Due to an overwhelming response from Margate residents, just 100 “Standing Room Only” tickets remain for availability. If empty seats are available the evening of the concert, standing room ticket holders will be accompanied by ushers to sit down after the first piece on the program is completed. 

Tickets to attend the free concert are required and are available to Margate City homeowners (up to four per household) now through December 4. Tickets can be obtained by visiting the Margate City Library at 8100 Atlantic Avenue in Margate.  Tickets for the general public (up to two per household) will be available beginning Monday, December 4.

“We are both surprised and thrilled at the incredible response from Margate residents for our first ever New Year’s Eve Concert,” said Margate City Mayor Michael Becker.  “But there’s still room left, we want to pack the Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center for a truly magical evening of music and celebration,” he added.  

Under the baton of Music Director Jed Gaylin, concert goers will revel in the power and artistry of the orchestra’s 50 plus professional musicians as they perform a variety of timeless compositions by George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Johann Strauss, and the incomparable Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  

Gracing the stage alongside the Symphony is American soprano Lauren Snouffer, celebrated as one of the most versatile and respected sopranos on the international stage. Her performances in the current season fortify the soprano’s position as one of the eminent interpreters of contemporary music.  Snouffer assays the title role of Berg’s Lulu in a new production at the  Teatro Municipal de Santiago Opera, Santiago, Chile -- conducted by Juan Pablo Izquierdo and directed by Mariame Clément -- and she reprises her acclaimed portrayal of Agnès in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin for Opera Philadelphia’s new production. 

A graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Snouffer was a winner of a 2013 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, a Richard F. Gold Career Grant bestowed by Houston Grand Opera, a grand finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was graduated from Rice University and The Juilliard School.

“What better way to celebrate the New Year than spending part of your evening enjoying some of the most beautiful music ever composed,” stated Mark Soifer, Esq., president of the Bay Atlantic Symphony Board of Trustees. “I know I speak for all of my fellow Symphony board members when I say we are thrilled to return to Margate and for a New Year’s Eve concert to boot!”  


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, 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 Bay Atlantic Symphony 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 symphony 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org, call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###

Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact:

Fish With Feet, LLC
Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379 

ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY AND STOCKTON UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCE FREE VETERANS DAY CONCERT NOVEMBER 11


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY AND STOCKTON UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCE FREE VETERANS DAY CONCERT NOVEMBER 11


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (October 23, 2017) — The Bay Atlantic Symphony, in partnership with Stockton University, will present a free, family-friendly Veterans Day Concert on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stockton University Performing Arts Center. 

The Symphony’s musical salute will include a program of patriotic favorites, beginning with Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. Audiences will feel their hearts beat in pace with the percussion section as the Symphony performs Armed Forces: The Pride of America, arranged by Greg Gilpin and Larry Clark. Next is the poignant Tribute by modern-day composer James Grant, followed by Copland’s John Henry. Act one closes with Stockton University President Dr. Harvey Kesselman presenting a stirring narration of Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, backed by the full power of the orchestra.

 “We are exceptionally proud to welcome Harvey Kesselman as our very special guest for this concert paying tribute to all of our great Veterans,” Meg Sippey, Executive Director said. “This special night of music recognizes all branches of the armed forces, and pays tribute to those who selflessly and bravely serve our nation and its guiding principles of freedom.”

After a brief intermission, the Symphony will launch into Fanfare on Amazing Grace, from contemporary composer Adollphus Hailstork, followed by two rousing John Philip Sousa pieces: Washington Post March and Stars and Stripes Forever. The Veterans Concert comes to a climatic close with Tchaikovsky’s iconic 1812 Overture and a surprise encore.

While the Veterans Day Concert is free, advanced reservation tickets are required to attend. Tickets can be reserved by calling Stockton University at 609-652-9000 or visiting http://www.stocktonpac.org online. 


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, 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org, call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###
Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact:
Fish With Feet, LLC
Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379 ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY’S 10TH ANNUAL GALA CONCERT!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY’S 10TH ANNUAL GALA CONCERT FEATURING CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR:
A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

Saturday, September 16, 2017 · 8 p.m. at Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa

Concert Features Dozens of Beatles Songs Performed Exactly As They Were Recorded, Including Special "Sgt. Pepper's" Segment Celebrating the Groundbreaking Album's 50th Anniversary


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (July 11, 2017) – What would The Beatles have sounded like if they had the chance to perform live in concert with a symphony orchestra? Find out when the Bay Atlantic Symphony presents its 10th Annual Gala Concert performance featuring Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles, Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8 p.m. in the The Music Box at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Tickets are $60. VIP tickets are $175 and include a pre-concert dinner at the Borgata, VIP theater seating, and post-concert cocktail and dessert reception with the Symphony’s Music Director and guest artists. To purchase a $60 ticket, please call the Borgata Box Office at 866-900-4849. For VIP or group sales (10 or more), please call the Bay Atlantic Symphony direct at 609-449-8780 or visit www.bayatlanticsymphony.org. Groups will receive a discount. Gala concert tickets are subsidized by a generous grant provided through the PNC Arts Alive initiative.

The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The show presents more than two dozen Beatles tunes performed exactly as they were originally recorded. Hear "Penny Lane" with a live trumpet section, experience the beauty of "Yesterday" with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, and enjoy the classical/rock blend on "I Am the Walrus." Selling out venues nationwide, Bay Atlantic Symphony is thrilled to bring this audience favorite to Atlantic City.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," Classical Mystery Tour has added a special "Sgt. Pepper's" section to their concert, featuring the title track plus such iconic songs as "With a Little Help From My Friends," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "She's Leaving Home," "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," "When I'm 64," and "A Day in the Life."

“From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you've never heard them before, backed by the power and artistry of Bay Atlantic Symphony’s 50 plus member orchestra,” commented Jed Gaylin, Bay Atlantic Symphony’s Music Director. “You might say it’s the best show the Beatles never did!”

Now in its tenth year, the Symphony’s Gala concert event serves as a critical annual fundraiser in support of Bay Atlantic’s dynamic music education programs and community outreach initiatives.

“Public school budget cuts for arts education are unfortunately too common,” stated Mark Soifer, Esq., President, Board of Trustees for the Bay Atlantic Symphony. “From music mentorship programs in elementary and high schools, to symphonic music education programs dedicated to students throughout South Jersey, Bay Atlantic Symphony’s outreach programs represent the only instruction many area students receive in music education.”

In addition to purchasing tickets, a number of Gala Concert Sponsorship opportunities are available. To learn more about supporting the Symphony’s important education mission while enjoying a world class concert experience through a sponsorship, call the Bay Atlantic Symphony’s Executive Director, Meg Sippey at 609-449-8780, or visit the Symphony on the web www.bayatlanticsymphony.org

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, 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org, call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###
Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact:
Fish With Feet, LLC
Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379 ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com

Bay Atlantic Symphony announces 2017/2018 Season Subscription

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2017/2018 SEASON SUBSCRIPTION

The Symphony is popping the cork on a new concert season featuring world renowned artists and blockbuster classics

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (May 5, 2017) — Beloved masterworks, world renowned soloists and a special holiday concert highlight the Bay Atlantic Symphony’s 2017-2018 Subscription Concert Season beginning in October.

“This season celebrates some of the most timeless works of art ever written. Their emotional power, depth, and drama inspire today's performers and audiences in fresh ways with each encounter,” says Music Director Jed Gaylin. I am proud to have some of the most gifted, brilliant soloists join our stage--it's a glorious season,” he added. 

October 21 & 22, 2017

The 10-concert series kicks off in October with an all-Tchaikovsky program,

featuring American-Korean violinist Esther Yoo, internationally celebrated as the youngest prizewinner of the 2010 International Sibelius Violin Competition at the age of 16. The New Jersey native will play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The powerful Symphony No. 4 rounds out this season opener. These concerts will be performed October 21 at 8 p.m. at the Landis Theater and October 22 at 2 p.m. at the Stockton Performing Arts Center. 

December 9 & 10, 2017

December brings holiday tidings with two festive themed concerts featuring works by Holst, Bach, J. Strauss Jr., Schubert, and more, along with Hanukkah and Christmas medleys. Two carol sing-alongs conclude the concerts, which take place December 9 at 8 p.m. at the Landis Theater and December 10 at 2 p.m. at the Stockton University Campus Theater.

January 20 & 21, 2018

January features a marriage made in music as husband-and-wife-duo Kai Gleusteen (violin) and Catherine Ordronneau (piano) join the Symphony for performances of Bach’s Concerto in F minor and Concerto in E major, as well has Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto. The couple have become one of the most important duos in the interpretation of sonatas for violin and piano and are praised for the emotional power they convey. These concerts will take place January 20 at 8 p.m. at the Landis Theater and January 21 at 2 p.m. at the Stockton Performing Arts Center. 

March 17 & 18, 2018

March brings the unique opportunity to see and hear a true music sensation. Czech-born pianist Lukáš Vondráček Grand Prize Winner of the International Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition 2016 is now a household name. Vondráček will join the Symphony in performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto, one of the best-known compositions in classical music. Performances of Elgar’s dreamy Salut d’amour and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 round out these concerts, which take place March 17 at 8 p.m. at the Landis Theater and March 18 at 2 p.m. at the Stockton Performing Arts Center. 

May 5 & 6, 2018

May marks the thrilling return of violin superstar Stefan Jackiw to the Bay Atlantic Symphony stage. He returns to play the towering Brahms Violin Concerto, lending his spell-binding lyricism and intensity to this work full of drama and soaring lines. The Symphony’s brilliance is featured in Mozart’s luminous final symphony, the Jupiter, making this a concert that will enchant audiences from start to finish. These concerts will take place May 5 at 8 p.m. at the Landis Theater and May 6 at 2 p.m. at the Stockton Performing Arts Center. 

Ticketing Information

2017/2018 Season Subscriptions includes all five concert events for just $125 thanks to the generous support of Woodruff Energy; and are on sale beginning Saturday, May 6. Individual tickets for the Symphony’s 2017/2018 season concerts will be available beginning July 1. Subscriptions and tickets can be purchased by calling the Landis Theater 856-691-3600 and Stockton University 609-652-9000. Ticket fees apply. Free valet parking is available for the Landis Theater performances. 

For up-to-the-minute Symphony news, concert updates and more, visit Bay Atlantic Symphony’s re-designed website www.bayatlanticsymphony.org launching May 6. “We are thrilled to roll out our revamped website, which we hope our beloved patrons, sponsors, and the public at large, will find both attractive and engaging,” stated Meg Sippey, Executive Director of Bay Atlantic Symphony.  

The “renewed” online portal provides web visitors with a comprehensive overview of the Bay Atlantic Symphony and simplifies how online visitors can get involved.  From concert calendar listings of all the Symphony’s performances, lectures and music education opportunities, to streamlined donation options, including enrollment in a monthly donation plan that supports Bay Atlantic Symphony’s impact throughout South Jersey. 

“We are especially excited about the Media page where site visitors can view Symphony performance videos, interviews, and listen to music clips,” added Sippey.  

EDITOR’S NOTE: High resolution images of the Symphony and 2017/2018 concert season guest soloists can be downloaded by visiting the following file sharing link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5Qdo0pJYXe1YVJTQmtXRF91Ync

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, 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org, call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###

Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact:

Fish With Feet, LLC

Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379 

ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com 

 

Bay Atlantic Symphony expands downbeach with summer concert in Margate July 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY EXPANDS DOWNBEACH WITH SUMMER CONCERT IN MARGATE JULY 3
 

OUR APOLOGIES:  THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT - HOWEVER, CHECK OUT OUR OTHER UPCOMING CONCERTS HERE:  

                            https://bayatlanticsymphony.org/calendar/

IF YOU DO HAVE TICKETS TO THIS CONCERT AND DO NOT PLAN ON UTILIZING THEM, PLEASE RETURN THEM TO THE MARGATE CITY LIBRARY.  

THANK YOU.

Patriotic Concert is FREE thanks to the City of Margate, Dr. Thomas Giegerich, Margate Board of Education, Margate Library, and Friends of the Symphony

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (April 27, 2017) — The Bay Atlantic Symphony is heading “downbeach” to Margate, with a star-spangled addition to a vibrant summer concert schedule. On Monday, July 3, 2017 at 7 p.m., the symphony will perform a free concert of patriotic music at the Potena Performing Arts Center, located at 7804 Amherst Avenue in Margate City, New Jersey. 

Tickets to attend the concert are required and will be made available to Margate City homeowners (up to four per household) beginning Saturday, May 27, 2017. Tickets can be obtained by visiting the Margate City Library at 8100 Atlantic Avenue in Margate. Tickets for the general public (up to two per household) will be available beginning Monday, June 19.  

Under the baton of Music Director Jed Gaylin, the orchestra’s 50 plus professional musicians will perform a variety of patriotic and soul-stirring compositions such as “Armed Forces The Pride of America,” “Star Spangled Banner,” Copland’s “John Henry,” John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture to name just a few.  

In honor of Independence Day, this free concert is made possible through a partnership with the City of Margate, Dr. Thomas Giegerich, Margate Board of Education, Margate Library, and Friends of the Symphony.  

“The City of Margate and all the partners involved in this endeavor are thrilled to provide our residents with an unforgettable concert experience to honor and celebrate our nation’s great history,” commented Margate City Mayor Michael Becker.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our summer season to my hometown of Margate,” stated Mark Soifer, Esq., president of the Bay Atlantic Symphony Board of Directors. For over 30 years, the Bay Atlantic Symphony has ‘spread its wings’ reaching audiences in five Southern New Jersey counties. Many of our loyal patrons come from Margate, and now we are able to return the favor and come to them,” added Soifer. 

“The Symphony’s patriotic concert performances are second to none. I consider it my privilege to be part of the collaboration of partners making this concert event possible,” added Dr. Thomas Giegerich, event sponsor and a member of the Symphony’s Board of Trustees.  

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, 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 Bay Atlantic Symphony 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 symphony 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org, call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###

Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact:

Fish With Feet, LLC

Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379 

ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com 

Bay Atlantic Symphony presents: Glinka, Prokofiev & Mendelssohn
May 6 and 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY PRESENTS
GLINKA, PROKOFIEV & MENDELSSOHN
MAY 6 AND 7


Reduced Ticket Prices for all Performances Provided by Woodruff Energy

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (March 21, 2017) – The Bay Atlantic Symphony’s exhilarating 2016/2017 concert season continues with two performances showcasing celebrated works by composers Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka, Sergei Prokofiev, and Felix Mendelssohn. The concerts will take place Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m. in the historic Landis Theater, 830 Landis Avenue, Vineland, New Jersey; and Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. in Stockton University’s Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Ferris Dr., Galloway Township, New Jersey.  

Concert tickets are available at a reduced price of $30 each, thanks to the generous support of Woodruff Energy. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Landis Theater 866-811-4111 and Stockton University 609-652-9000. Free valet parking is available for the Landis Theater performance. 

Bay Atlantic Symphony concerts are made possible through funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Music Director Jed Gaylin concludes the season with a powerful program featuring Glinka’s Kamarinskaya (Wedding Song) – Fantasy for Orchestra on Two Russian Folksongs, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.4, the Italian. 

“Folklore is the watchword for this colorful panoply of dance and melody,” Gaylin explains. “Kamarinskaya is Glinka’s crowning orchestral achievement. Young superstar violinist Luosha Fang serves as the soloist for Prokofiev’s treacherous second concerto ending in a diabolically warped witch’s dance. Just as fiery is the conclusion to Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, featuring a scorpion-stung tarantella.”

Classical music fans should plan to arrive early. An hour before each concert, the Bay Atlantic Symphony will present a “Pre-Concert Conversation with the Maestro.” The Symphony’s pre-concert lectures are free and open to the public.

About Luosha Fang

Wunderkind violinist Luosha Fang made her concert debut at the age of eight in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3. A native of China, Fang came to the United States in 2005 to attend Bard College Conservatory of Music in Red Hook, New York on a distinguished scholarship in 

classical violin. After graduating from Bard, she attended the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a student of Ida Kavafian and Schmuel Ashkenasi, where she received a diploma in 2014. A winner of Astral Artists’ 2013 National Auditions, Fang was awarded the silver medal at the prestigious 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.  Fang has performed throughout the United States and around the globe in music festivals and as a much sought-after guest soloist for countless orchestras. 

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, 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org, call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###

Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact:
Fish With Feet, LLC
Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379
ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com 

Bay Atlantic Symphony extends contract with music director Jed Gaylin through 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH
MUSIC DIRECTOR JED GAYLIN THROUGH 2021
Contract Marks a Quarter Century of Symphony Leadership Under the Baton of Maestro Jed Gaylin

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (March 2, 2017) – The Board of Directors and Trustees for Bay Atlantic Symphony announced today a five-year contract extension for Maestro Jed Gaylin as Music Director. This new contract secures Gaylin’s proven leadership at a pivotal time in the orchestra’s expansion of performances and music education initiatives in southern New Jersey. 

“Since Jed joined as Music Director in 1997 the orchestra embarked on a period of phenomenal growth,” said Board President Mark Soifer, Esq. “Through his charismatic leadership and creative expertise, Jed has brought a level of earned prominence and respectability to our symphony orchestra as one of the finest performing arts organizations in New Jersey.”

In the 20 years Gaylin has served as music director, the Symphony expanded its performance schedule from nine classical concerts per year to 21 full orchestra concerts. Performances now take place in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties and feature a range of classical and pops, concerts including a full schedule of summer engagements in partnership with the City of Avalon and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Under Gaylin’s guidance and oversight Bay Atlantic Symphony’s youth education initiatives have grown significantly including a new music mentorship program in Vineland, New Jersey, and a thriving program in two Atlantic City Schools in association with William and Virginia Gormley’s Atlantic City Friends of Music Foundation.  

“As a long-time Symphony supporter, I have watched Jed build it up from a local performing group to one of the finest regional orchestras in the country,” commented Bob Woodruff, board member, past president and long-time supporter. “The quality of music is outstanding and now draws audiences from throughout South Jersey.”

 Bay Atlantic Symphony’s partnership with Stockton University has established a prominent Atlantic County home for the orchestra. It has also created a dynamic community relationship that takes the music far beyond the performance hall. Since 2012 Gaylin has served as artist in residence at Stockton University. In that short time, he has played an active role in developing several music education and enrichment programs including master classes, open rehearsals, and conversations with the artists. He teaches classes in the arts as well as other disciplines, serves as curriculum advisor, and collaborates with Stockton’s expanding network of performance venues and education resource centers. 

“Of all the significant contributions the Maestro has made to the orchestra, the most important is the commitment he makes to the talented professional musicians that make Bay Atlantic Symphony the orchestra it is today,” said the orchestra’s concertmaster Ruotao Mao.

“Many of my colleagues have been performing with the Bay Atlantic Symphony for years. This is a testament to the respect we all have for Jed’s leadership, generosity and musicianship," added principal flutist, Kimberly Reighley.

Looking forward to the next five years Gaylin commented, “I consider it a privilege to continue my association with Bay Atlantic Symphony as music director. It is an honor to lead an orchestra comprised of the most talented musicians in the region, who bring such committed artistry to every rehearsal and performance. During my tenure, I have witnessed the continued evolution of the Symphony’s board of directors and their steadfast resolve to building a symphony and organization of such scope, strength, and reach. Collaborating with this fine group of community leaders has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career. I am enthusiastic that Bay Atlantic Symphony will experience unprecedented growth as we move further into this century.”  

EDITOR’S NOTE: Full biography and credits for Maestro Jed Gaylin are available by visiting http://jedgaylin.com/about-jed/

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, 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 www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org , call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.

###

Bay Atlantic Symphony Media Contact:

Fish With Feet, LLC

Cathleen Kiernan: 609/601.8379 

ckiernan@fishwithfeet.com