2016-17 Concert Season opens at Stockton PAC


Concert also at Vineland’s historic Landis Theater on October 29

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

ATLANTIC CITY/BRIDGETON, NJ (9/27/2016)—The Bay Atlantic Symphony will open its 2016-17 subscription concert season with a concert of masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Mozart on Sunday, October 30, at 2 p.m., at the Stockton University Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway Township.

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

The concert will also be presented in a Red Carpet Evening at the Landis Theater, 830 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, on Saturday, October 29, at 8 p.m. That concert will inaugurate the historic 1937-vintage Art Deco theater as the Bay Atlantic Symphony’s new Cumberland County performance home.

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

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

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 lectures are free and open to the public.

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

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

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

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

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

About The Bay Atlantic Symphony
The Bay Atlantic Symphony performs symphonic and chamber concerts and educates adults, young people, and special populations throughout southern New Jersey in the beauty and power of classical music. Since its founding as the Bridgeton Symphony in 1983, the orchestra has been recognized for its world-class performers, diverse programs and outstanding community services. Under the talented baton of passionate Music Director Jed Gaylin since 1997, the Bay Atlantic Symphony is the only professional orchestra to serve the five southern-most counties of New Jersey. The Orchestra makes great music accessible through live concerts with low ticket prices at the Stockton Performing Arts Center (PAC), the historic Landis Theater in Vineland, the Avalon Symphony by the Sea Series, the Cape May Music Festival, and Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.

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

Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together.