Bay-Atlantic Symphony–lyric and epic? You decide!

Compiled by JAREL ROSS
Staff Writer

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony, formerly known as the Bridgeton Symphony, was organized in 1983 under  the  leadership of Russell Meyer in Bridgeton, New Jersey.  Ten years later at the Stockton Performing Arts Center at the Richard Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony was named “Orchestra in Residence.” In 1995, the symphony was searching for its new director, and found Jed Gaylin two years later, who helped advance the orchestra to its next level. 

According to The Baltimore Sun, Jed Gaylin’s conducting is “consistently impressive, with a propulsive that allowed the lyricism to linger.”

The cornerstone of  the Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s programming was the power of classical music, which strives through the community and  connects itself to the populations within the community.  In 1998, the name was finalized to Bay-Atlantic Symphony to reflect on its regionalization and artistic growth.  In the following year, the symphony was known as “The Resident Symphony at the Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Center,” located right here at Cumberland County College.  In 2003, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony was once again the “Orchestra in Residence,” this time  at the Cape May Music Arts Festival.  The symphony is also an arts ambassador for South Jersey for their active membership in groups such as American Symphony Orchestra League, South Jersey Cultural Alliance, and many other community-based groups. 

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony has been on the National Public Radio on the segment “Weekend 2004 Edition,” drawing in 4 million listeners throughout the United States and Europe.  In addition, the orchestra has been performing with renowned artists such as Hilary Hahn, and the Eroica Trio, thus receiving special honors from their audiences.

This year, Cumberland County College invites you to come see the Bay-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra perform at the Guaracini Performing Arts Center on Saturday November 1st at 8:00 pm, including a pre-show chat with conductor Jed Gaylin at 7:00 pm.  This concert will be opening the New Jersey premier of “Chasing Light” composed by Joseph Schwantner, a renowned American composer.  In addition, the concert will be focusing on the different facets of Romanticism, an era of intellectualism and artistic movement in the late 18th century.

Also, young Russian cellist Christophor Miroshnikov’s lyricism and poetry will be performed in the Schumann’s Cello Concerto, which was composed by Robert Schumann in two-week period (October 10th, 1850 to October 24th, 1850). The concerto also included a solo cello, two oboes, two flutes, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, a timpani (kettle drum), and strings, which lasted for 25 minutes.  Finally, the concert ends with a bang with the orchestra playing Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky.  Tickets at the box office are $30 for adults ages 19-54, $26 for seniors 55 & older, $15 for ages 12-18, and $8 for 12 & under.  For college students, it is $5 a ticket, with a maximum purchase of two tickets per student. (Please have your CCC ID ready at the time of purchase).

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