By Cameron Meiswinkel
Need a fun way to end the semester? The Bay Atlantic Symphony is coming to The Frank Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 7at 8.pm. and will be performing their show Soave and Scorching. The show consists of French composer Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major and Mother Goose Suite, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony Number 3. Philadelphia Pianist Cong Fan will be performing in both Ravel pieces. A pre-concert chat with Bay Atlantic Music Director Jed Gaylin starts at 7 p.m.
The Bay Atlantic Symphony has been a staple of CCC arts for the past 12 years. Led by Music Director Jed Gaylin, the Bay Atlantic Symphony has been providing South Jersey with classical music and entertainment that Director of the Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Center Greg Hambleton calls “extraordinary”.
As listed on their website, their mission states that “The Bay-Atlantic Symphony shares and develops love and appreciation for live concert music in the southern New Jersey community through performance and education”.
“The musicians are first class”, said Hambleton. “If someone were to come to a show I think they’d be pleasantly surprised”.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for 55 and older, $10.50 for 12-18 and current college students, and $5 for under 12.
The Bay Atlantic Symphony, a brief history:
• Founded as the Bridgeton Symphony in 1983 in Bridgeton by Russell Myers, it’s first music director.
• In 1993 was named “Orchestra In Residence” at the Stockton Performing Arts Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona.
• Jed Gaylin became Music Director in 1997.
• In 1998 changed it’s name to Bay Atlantic Symphony to reflect artistic growth and regionalization.
• In 1999 was named “The Resident Symphony at the Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Center” on Cumberland County College.
• In 2003 named “Orchestra in Residence” at the Cape May Music Festival.
• Performs at Cumberland County College, Rowan University, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, The Borgota Hotel Casino and Spa, The Cape May Music Festival, and in Avalon.
To contact the Bay Atlantic Symphony, visit their website at http://www.bayatlanticsymphony.org/index.html.