Bay-Atlantic Symphony opens ‘Symphony by the Sea’ series with music by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius

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The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will present an evening of bold, romantic music by musical giants of Russia and Finland when it opens the “Symphony by the Sea” summer series of concerts sponsored by the Avalon Free Public Library 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at the Avalon Elementary School, 235 32nd St.

The first of two concerts conducted by Bay-Atlantic Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin will feature one today’s of the great violin virtuosi.

The program, “Russian to the Finnish!” will open with one of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s great orchestral showpieces, Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, Op. 18, a lush yet powerfully romantic musical depiction of William Shakespeare’s immortal story of love and tragedy.

From the pen of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, listeners will hear the Karelia Suite, Op. 11, written for a historical pageant to be given by students of the University of Helsinki in Viipuri, Karelia. The concert will conclude with Sibelius’ rugged yet romantic Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 featuring renowned Japanese-American violinist Ryu Goto as the soloist.

Goto, 24, has performed with the leading orchestras around the world, including the National Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and many others. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Vienna’s Musikverein and Taipei National Concert Hall.

Entering its 29th season of providing classical music concerts, 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.

Tickets are free and can be picked up at the Avalon Free Public Library, 235 32nd St. Seating is first-come, first-served.

For more information on the “Symphony at the Sea” series, which concludes with a concert of music by Schumann, Brahms, and Dvořák by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony with the pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine Saturday, Aug. 18, call the Avalon Free Public Library at 609-967-7155 or see For information on the Bay-Atlantic Symphony call 856-451-1169 or see, or Facebook.

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