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



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


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