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


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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.

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