Miss America Nia Franklin Sings National Anthem to Open Bay Atlantic Symphony's Gala Concert

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Newly crowned Miss America 2019 and advocate for education in the arts Nia Franklin will sing the National Anthem at the opening of Bay Atlantic Symphony’s 11th Annual Gala Concert featuring: An Evening with Jason Alexander.

Scheduled for Saturday, September 29th, at 8 p.m. in the Borgata Casino Hotel and Spa’s Music Box Theater, the Gala Concert serves as the Symphony’s largest fundraiser of the year.

“We are thrilled to welcome special guest performer Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin to the stage for our annual gala concert,” stated music director for Bay Atlantic Symphony Jed Gaylin.

“As an accomplished composer of music and performer, Nia’s Miss America Social Impact Initiative of Advocating for the Arts, brings renewed energy and lends an important voice to the mission we work so hard to promote as a community symphony orchestra — which is to share the beauty, power and value of classical music with successive generations.

In addition to singing the National Anthem at the opening of the concert, Miss America will briefly address ticket holders and sponsors of the Gala’s VIP pre- concert dinner about the importance of continued support for arts education.

Now in its eleventh year, the Symphony’s Gala concert event serves as a critical annual fundraiser in support of Bay Atlantic’s dynamic music education programs and community outreach initiatives. Proceeds from event fund the orchestra’s free music education programs throughout the year for South Jersey’s school children, veterans and disabled populations.

Concert tickets are $79 per person. VIP tickets that include a pre-concert (black- tie optional) dinner at Borgata, preferred theater seating, and a post-concert cocktail and dessert reception are $199 per person. VIP Plus tickets are $349 each and include all VIP benefits plus an exclusive meet-and-greet with Jason Alexander after the performance.

To purchase a $79 concert ticket, call Borgata Box Office at 866-900-4849. For VIP, VIP Plus or discounted group sale tickets of 10 more, call the Bay Atlantic Symphony directly at 609-449-8780 or visit bayatlanticsymphony.org.

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.