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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.
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