Features young people’s performance
February 13, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will present its winter concert Feb. 16, “Baroque and Classical Favorites.”This concert features selections from Mozart and C.P.E. Bach performed by outstanding musicians under the direction of Maestro J. Wayne Baughman and spotlights a young people’s performance by the violin students of NATE – North Atlanta Talent Education.
These extremely talented young musicians will be performing the Vivaldi Concerto in A Minor, conducted by Baughman and accompanied by the JCSO.
“The Baroque Period [1600-1750] gets its name from the architectural style of the same era, and is reflective of that architecture. So the music is more ornate. It is the period of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. There are lots of frills and fancies – and a lot of notes,” said Baughman.
The Classical Period [1750-1820] will be represented by Michael Haydn (younger brother of the more famous Franz Joseph Haydn) and Mozart, Baughman said.
The maestro is particularly excited about the young NATE musicians who will participate. The students range in age from 7 to 18 years of age. They study in Roswell under the direction of Tricia Anderson, Tracy Shealy and Rachel Bachmeier who apply the Suzuki method of teaching instruments. Also, several of these students study with JCSO Concertmaster Adelaide Federici and violinist Kim Barnes.
This is the first time the JCSO has invited so many young students to perform as guest soloists.
“This is unusual in that all of the students will be playing the one Mozart concerto collectively as soloists,” Baughman said. “These kids are very solid. They play with a lot of confidence. When you are a 10- or 11-year-old student and have been playing the violin for five or six years, you walk out on that stage and don’t bat an eyelash.”
The concert will also take the time to recognize the contributions made by state, local and regional civic organizations and government leaders who have embraced the arts.
The support of local arts entities contributes to the quality of life in our communities, said Baughman. Their efforts ensure that the arts will remain a priority in the region.
Our Town: Johns Creek City growth rate enables first-rate orchestra
By H.M. Cauley
J. Wayne Baughman saw the growth in Johns Creek coming years before it ever exploded. As far back as the late 1980s, when he first started working in the area, he knew it was going to be big. And the church musician, chorale director and conductor had a big idea to match it.
The insight struck as Baughman was conducting a holiday performance of Handel’s Messiah.
“I did the unthinkable,” he now admits, “and allowed my brain to think of something else in the middle of conducting. But it was a great idea: that we could have a professional orchestra here. It was an idea born long before anything was done about it. It even took three years just to incorporate. But everything I was told about the growth patterns here has happened; in fact, it’s even more terrific than we anticipated.”
Baughman saw the subdivisions, schools and office parks going up and believed that the people who lived and worked in them would support a professional orchestra. And he meant it to be professional, not a community organization of volunteers or students alongside a few paid musicians, but a full complement of top-tier performers. Baughman’s idea became a reality almost six years ago, and ever since, the professional Johns Creek Symphony has offered residents on the northside the chance to hear what Baughman calls “big-time classical, symphonic music.”
“I’m not discouraging people from hearing the Atlanta Symphony,” he assures. “But they now can hear great music without having to travel an hour each way to go to Midtown. As our mission statement says, we’ll play the greatest music at the highest professional level.”
Finding high-calibre musicians to fill the orchestra’s 45 seats has not been a challenge, said Baughman, who recruits players from around the metro area.
“We’ve hired and retained the most highly qualified musicians who do not already work for the ASO,” he said with a smile. “We’re very lucky to live in a [metro] area with a lot of talented people – probably enough to build two professional orchestras.”
The Johns Creek group stages about four concerts a year in various locations from the local high school to the 2,000-seat sanctuary of the Johns Creek Baptist Church. The annual holiday gala will take place tonight at St. Benedict Catholic Church where Baughman, 66, is the music director. Ticket sales from the concerts, along with government grants, corporate support and individual donations, keep the music playing.
“I think the people in our community are really beginning to develop an identity with the orchestra,” said Baughman. “They have a great deal of pride in the fact that we do have our own.”
Exceptional brass ensemble performing some of our most beloved and popular music from Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington, to a Salute to George M. Cohan. How about the William Tell Overture by Rossini or Cancan from Orpheus by Offenbach? And how can you miss with Gershwin and John Philip Sousa? Stars & Stripes Forever is the perfect way to end the evening! With nearly one hour of outstanding musical selections, you will be delighted you brought your chairs and picnic to this special event.
Please note that the event starts at 4:00pm and the JCSO Brass is to play at 6:00pm.
Oct 15, 2011 @ 6:00 PM
3000 Old Alabama Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022