Bay Atlantic Symphony Presents Season Finale Concerts May 4 and 5 Featuring Violin Virtuoso and World Premiere Composition


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Bay Atlantic Symphony Presents Season Finale Concerts May 4 and 5 Featuring Violin Virtuoso and World Premiere Composition


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (April 1, 2019) – The Bay Atlantic Symphony will conclude its 2018-19 season May 4 and 5 in concerts that revel in crisp, powerful gesture, romping fun and open expansiveness.

Featuring works by composers Samuel Barber and Ludwig van Beethoven, this season closer includes a guest appearance by young violin virtuoso Alexi Kenney performing Barber’s Violin Concerto and a world premiere work by New Jersey composer Amanda Harberg. Performances take place Saturday, May 4, at 3 p.m. in the historic Landis Theater, 830 E. Landis Avenue, Vineland, N.J.; and Sunday, May 5, 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.” Amanda Harberg will join Music Director Jed Gaylin for a special edition Pre-Concert Conversation on May 4 and 5. 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 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 .

Maestro Gaylin has pulled out all the stops for this final installment of the 2018-2019 Subscription Series concerts as he treats audiences to a world premiere, an iconic concerto of American lyricism without apology performed by a poet of the violin, and Beethoven’s soaring symphony of the great outdoors.

American composer, pianist and educator Amanda Harberg was commissioned by Bay Atlantic Symphony to compose an original work for the season finale concerts. Her composition, “Dream of the Sleeping Gypsy” will be performed for the first time publicly by the Symphony’s 40 professional musicians. This world premiere performance illustrates Harberg’s distinctively personal style of weaving her deep admiration for the classical tradition together with contemporary influences.

Following Harberg’s work, young American violin virtuoso Alexi Kenney will perform Violin Concerto by another American composer, Samuel Barber (1910-1981). Described as one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th Century, Barber penned his concerto for violin and orchestra in 1939. A shimmering piece with lush, song-like passages and a finale that features a solo part in almost perpetual motion, the concerto is now among the most widely played and recorded violin concertos of the 20th century. And finally, Beethoven’s Symphony No.6, also known as the Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life, was inspired by the famous composer’s beloved pastime of long walks in the countryside. Composed at the same time as Beethoven’s more fiery 5th Symphony, this piece takes the audience on a journey direct to the pastoral beauty of nature.

About Amanda Harberg

Amanda Harberg of Glenn Ridge, N.J., is a composer and pianist whose work communicates on emotional, spiritual and intellectual levels. With music described by the New York Times as “a sultry excursion into lyricism,”Harberg weaves her deep admiration for the classical
tradition together with contemporary influences to create a distinctively personal style.

Harberg’s works have been presented at leading institutions including Carnegie Hall,
Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Bargemusic. Recent commissions include works for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Sound All Around series, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, the Dorian Wind Quintet, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Albany
Symphony’s Dogs of Desire, the Juilliard School, the New York Youth Symphony’s First Music Programand the New Jersey Youth Symphony. Recent consortium commissions include Harberg’s Sonata for Piccolo and Piano and her Court Dances for flute and piano. Her Concerto for Viola and Orchestra was recorded on Naxos American Classics in 2017and has been performed by many orchestras around the world.

About Alexi Kenney

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney has been named "a talent to watch" by the New York Times, which also noted his "architect's eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness.” His win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition at the age of 19 led to a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall.

Highlights of Alexi’s 2018-19 season include debuts with the Omaha Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Asheville Symphony, Bay Atlantic Symphony, and Wheeling Symphony, and his return to the Indianapolis Symphony. He has performed as a soloist with the Detroit, Columbus, Jacksonville, Santa Fe, Portland, California, and Amarillo symphonies, and appeared in recital on Carnegie Hall’s ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston. He is winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition and laureate of the 2012 Menuhin Competition. Alexi has been profiled by Strings magazine and the New York Times, written for The Strad, and has been featured on Performance Today, WQXR-NY’s Young Artists Showcase, WFMT- Chicago and NPR’s From the Top.

Born in Palo Alto, Calif. in 1994, Alexi holds a Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried.


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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