The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will close its “Symphony by the Sea” summer concert series 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 with an evening of sweeping romanticism and nationalism.
The free concert will take place at Avalon Elementary School, 235 32nd St., Avalon.
Conducted by Bay-Atlantic Symphony music director Jed Gaylin, the program will consist of works by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Antonín Dvo?ák and feature the Bay-Atlantic Symphony debut of young piano virtuoso Alexandre Moutouzkine.
Titled “Brahms and Friends,” the program will open with Schumann’s romantic Piano Concerto in A minor featuring the Russian-American pianist as the soloist.
Moutouzkine has toured Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Italy, and North and South America, as well as in China and Japan. He has appeared as soloist with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Television Orchestra of Spain, Cleveland Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Valencia Philharmonic, the Gran Canaria and Tenerife symphonies in the Canary Islands, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Panama, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic.
One of the most popular of Brahms’ orchestral works will also be featured – his Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a. The concert will close with Dvo?ák’s Czech Suite, Op. 39.
Gaylin, entering his 16th season as music director, is also the principal conductor of the Cape May Music Festival. He has been the music director of the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra since 1993 and, since 2007, the principal guest conductor of the National Film and Radio Philharmonic in Beijing.
Now entering its 29th season of providing classical music, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony performs concerts and educational programs in Cumberland, Atlantic, Gloucester and Cape May counties.
It is the resident orchestra of the Stockton College Performing Arts Center and the Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Center at Cumberland County College, as well as being the orchestra-in-residence at the Cape May Music Festival since 2003. Avalon is the summer home of the symphony.
Admission to the concert is free. Tickets are available at the Avalon Free Public Library, 235 32nd St. Seating is first-come, first-served.
For information on the “Symphony at the Sea” series call the Avalon Free Public Library at 967-7155 or see www.avalonfreelibrary.org. For information on the Bay-Atlantic Symphony call the symphony office at (856) 451-1169 or see www.bayatlanticsymphony.org , or the Facebook page.
The Symphony will open its 2012-2013 season with a gala featuring The Texas Tenors, stars of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” with music from John Denver to Puccini 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.
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