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Charles Yang to Open Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra’s 14th Season!

Presented By: Emory Johns Creek Hospital                                                            

JOHNS CREEK – Oct. 8, 2020 — The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra (JCSO) is proud to present “Chamber Music with Charles Yang” on Saturday, Nov. 7th at 7:30 pm at Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road. 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award recipient, violinist Charles Yang, will join JCSO string musicians in a stunning evening of chamber music to open their 14th season. Single tickets range from $18 to $42.50. All tickets can be purchased online at www.johnscreeksymphony.org, by phone (678) 748-5802, or at the door. Additionally, if patrons choose to subscribe to the 2020 season, they will receive a package ticket discount of 20 percent. Artists, dates, times and locations are all subject to change.

Yang, who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star” (Boston Globe), will be performing “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla and the violin showpiece, “Yankee Doodle” by Henri Vieuxtemps. Yang is described as a crossover musician who can perform both classical and popular music seamlessly. With capabilities as a classical violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist, Yang has performed with highly esteemed orchestras across the globe, performed for two US presidents, and has been featured with artists at festivals like The Aspen Music Festival and The Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival.

“Mr. Yang has a way of captivating an audience unlike anyone I’ve seen before,” said Music Director J. Wayne Baughman. “Throughout the years, we have continuously looked for new and exciting ways to entertain our audiences. Mr. Yang’s charisma, coupled with our talented chamber musicians is sure to make for a show-stopping evening.”

This will be the first performance since the onset of COVID-19. To protect the health and safety of our patrons and musicians, JCSO will limit sales in order to follow social distancing guidelines set forth by governing agencies. JCSO urges patrons to purchase tickets well in advance in order to secure a ticket. For those unable to attend the concert in-person, JCSO will be live streaming the concert on their Facebook Page.

Additionally, in response to COVID-19, JCSO has established a Task Force to address safety at all performances. JCSO will continue to follow any guidelines from local and other officials. These steps will include procedures such as social distancing and other measures developed in conjunction with health professionals. Social distancing guidelines will be communicated in advance of any concerts for full awareness of concertgoers.

  • Limited ticket sales
  • Sanitation procedures reviewed with venues
  • Face masks required for all attendees
  • Sanitation stations present throughout the venue
  • Temperature checks for all guests, musicians and volunteers
  • Additional safety information can be found on www.johnscreeksymphony.org

The concert will be conducted by JCSO Music Director and Conductor J. Wayne Baughman. Maestro Baughman studied choral and orchestral conducting, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education from the University of Alabama, as well as advanced studies in conducting at the University of Michigan. Upon his arrival in Atlanta in 1974, Maestro Baughman immediately became involved with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Choruses, and for 25 years he was a frequent vocal soloist, chorus member, and rehearsal conductor under the guidance of the late Robert Shaw. Well known for his oratorio performances as bass soloist, he collaborated with Maestro Shaw on numerous performance projects, including the Mozart Requiem Mass, J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, and Handel’s Messiah. In 1990, as bass soloist, Maestro Baughman shared the honor of a Grammy Award for the Telarc recording of Belshazzar’s Feast (Walton) and Chichester Psalms (Bernstein) with Robert Shaw and the ASO. Maestro Baughman has held numerous academic and church music conducting positions in a career spanning more than 50 years.  In addition to his work with the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra he serves as Vice-President of the Cultural Arts Alliance at Johns Creek and chairs the Johns Creek Legacy Center Task Force.

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Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Receives Grant Funding from Georgia Council for the Arts

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra (JCSO) was awarded two grants by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, as part of its initial disbursement of grants for fiscal year 2021. JCSO was chosen as one of the 148 organizations throughout the state that were collectively awarded more than $1 million in funding for operating support (Partner Grant), arts projects (Project Grant), or an Arts Education Program Grant.

JCSO was awarded an FY21 Georgia Council for the Arts Partner Grant, which provides general operating support to arts organizations. This is the second year JCSO has received a partner grant from GCA, which has allowed the symphony to serve the Johns Creek community through new music performances and programs.

“This initial round of funding awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts serves to support the critical work arts organizations and artists are doing in communities to foster connectivity, rekindle joy, and support lifelong learning during these dynamic times,” said GCA Executive Director Karen Paty. “Knowing the challenges faced by our colleagues across the state due to the impact of COVID-19, it was particularly hard to not be able to fund all deserving applicants. The applications we reviewed provided evidence of continued exceptional arts programs in support of education, community development and economic development offered by arts organizations throughout the state. The staff and Board of GCA celebrate that work in all 159 counties, whether or not we are financially able to support it through these grant programs.”

The symphony was also granted an FY21 GCA – Arts Education Program Grant, which will allow JCSO to continue their community program, Meet the Orchestra, where JCSO musicians come together with Johns Creek elementary schools to introduce students to the world of professional music. Students have the opportunity to see the orchestra perform in a chamber setting and interact with the performers.

“JCSO is honored to have the continued support of GCA,” said Music Director, J. Wayne Baughman. “They’ve made it possible to share extraordinary music, performed by some of the best professional musicians in Georgia, in our home town of Johns Creek. We look forward to seeing what the 2020-2021 season brings!”

Funds awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Georgia Council for the Arts uses Peer Review Panels to judge and review applications following standard practices set by the National Endowment for the Arts. Panelists are GCA Council members and fellow professionals who are experienced in the arts discipline or type of grant being reviewed, or are citizens with a record of arts activities, experience and knowledge. Grant recipients include theaters, dance companies, museums, cities, colleges and multi-discipline arts entities. A complete list of fiscal year 2021 grantees in these program areas can be found here.

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In This Season of Thanks, We Are Grateful to Our Sponsors

 

As we approach the end of the year, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra would like to publicly acknowledge the incredible level of support we receive from our friends in the community in 2019. As a nonprofit symphony orchestra, it is not feasible to support our operations based on ticket sales alone, and this is not unusual. The typical professional symphony orchestra in the United States relies on a complex matrix of public, private, and individual donors to augment earned revenue brought in through ticket sales, sold performances, and program advertising revenue.

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra’s most significant supporter is the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, who provided us with an $18,500 contract for services to support our 2019 performances. Not only did they award us this grant, but this season they awarded us the distinction of being an inaugural Multi-Year Funding Recipient. We were extremely grateful and honored to receive this competitive distinction among all the many deserving arts organizations in Fulton County.

Fulton County’s funding is an extremely important and critical component of our budget, as it provides unrestricted funding of our operations, allowing us to pay for administrative costs, artistic personnel, technical support, marketing expenses, and more. Our sincerely thanks go to our Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann and the staff and administrators at the Fulton County Arts Council for their support of the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra through this annual contract.

The City of Johns Creek was extremely generous in inviting the JCSO to perform on its annual Summer Concert Series for the third year in a row this past October. This annual concert is an important outreach opportunity for the JCSO, as it allows us to perform at the beautiful Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater at Newtown Park for a crowd of over 1,000 people. Largely due to the City’s support, we are able to perform free of charge for our audience, making classical music available and accessible to every single person in greater Johns Creek.

In addition to Fulton County, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra received a $15,000 partner grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  GCA also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.  What an honor to be counted among the elite arts organizations in Georgia who received this prestigious grant this season!

We also have a number of corporate sponsors who provide a critical level of support for our 2019-2020 season.

We were honored to receive a grant from Transamerica Foundation to support a new program to collaborate with Chattahoochee High School’s Fine Arts Department next March. This grant was a game changer for the orchestra and a real honor from one of the top companies in Johns Creek.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital generously sponsored our first sensory-friendly performance for families, “A Kids’ Christmas.” Emory has been a very strong supporter of the JCSO in almost every way for many years, for which we are very thankful. We received additional funding for “A Kids’ Christmas” from Constellation – An Exelon Company.

Our season sponsors include Northside Hospital and Renasant Bank. Our season supporters provide general operating support for our programming all season long. Our Christmas Gala Concert this year was supported by Stuart Perry Agency, Farmers Insurance, for which we are thankful.

Additionally, Appen Media, our media sponsor, provides us with in-kind support of our marketing operations, allowing us to expand our reach within the North Fulton community.

As you can see, it takes a village to support an orchestra, and these are just a few of the many entities who make the JCSO’s beautiful music on stage a reality. We encourage you to visit our donor page to view a complete list of the people, organizations, and businesses whose support enables the JCSO to bring professional classical music into the Johns Creek community during the year. If you are able, please patronize those who support the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, and mention that because their contribution makes a big impact for the JCSO, it matters to you.

If you or your business are interested in sponsoring or getting involved with the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, please visit our sponsor page or contact JCSO Executive Director Linda Brill at johnscreeksymphony@gmail.com.

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Announcing the 2019-2020 Season!

Announcing the 2019-2020 Season!

NEW SEASON TO INCLUDE POPS CONCERT,

KIDS CONCERT, NEW SEATING SECTION

Johns Creek, Georgia– The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 concert season! All concerts except for Music in Newtown Park will take place at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek.

The orchestra’s 13th season will feature the rollout of two new concert types – a Pops concert and a concert for kids. “We are responding to feedback from our audience members, who have indicated a strong desire for Pops and family programming,” remarked JCSO Executive Director Linda Brill. “A Kids Christmas will be designed to be sensory-friendly, and will be a perfect experience for anyone desiring a casual concert atmosphere, from families with very small children to patrons on the Autism spectrum or with Alzheimer’s.”

“We are also excited to collaborate with many Johns Creek community organizations this season, including the Johns Creek Chorale, School of Rock Johns Creek, Chattahoochee High School, and North Atlanta Dance Theatre,” said Music Director J. Wayne Baughman. “Our audiences will be amazed at the breadth of artistic talent that resides right here in Johns Creek.”

JCSO is also reconfiguring its ticketing to include a Premium Seating Section in the front and center of the hall. While this new Premium Seating Section will not have individually-assigned seats, JCSO will only sell 200 specially-marked tickets per concert in this section. Premium Seating tickets will be available first to 3-concert subscribers, at no additional charge. Single tickets will go on sale on August 19, and any remaining seats in the Premium Seating Section will be sold with a surcharge. “Our new seating configuration rewards our most loyal patrons with the first opportunity to get the best seats,” said Ms. Brill. “It is our pleasure provide this benefit to them.”

The 2019-2020 Season concert listing can be found on our concert page.

TICKET PRICING:

Premium Seating Section (1st 8 rows, center) Standard Seating Section (all other areas)
Subscriptions (on sale now until sold out):

Adults:                         $85

Seniors 55+:                $72.50

Students:                     $45

Subscriptions (on sale now):

Adults:             $85

Seniors 55+:    $72.50

Students:         $45

Single Tickets (on sale August 19):

Adults:                         $37

Seniors 55+:                $32

Students:                     $21

Single Tickets (on sale August 19):

Adults:             $34

Seniors 55+:    $29

Students:         $18

 A Kids Christmas is general admission, and is not included on the season subscription package. Single tickets (on sale August 19) are:

  • Adults 18 and over:     $20
  • Kids Age 3-17:             $15
  • Kids 2 and under:        FREE (ticket is still necessary to enter)

 For tickets, call (678) 748-5802 or visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org.

Now in its 13th season, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is metro Atlanta’s only fully-professional, part-time symphonic orchestra, made up of professional musicians from all over the greater metro Atlanta area. The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Founder and Music Director J. Wayne Baughman, provides musical enrichment for the community of Johns Creek through a five-concert series of performances, as well as additional educational programs and special events each year. 

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Hearing Loss Simulation Video

According to the Center for Hearing & Communication, 48 million Americans have a significant hearing loss. Our concert on March 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm will include accommodations – from written text translations to sign language interpreters – that will make the performance experience (including the pre-concert talk at 6:15 pm) more accessible to our deaf and hard-of-hearing friends.

Tickets: Students $16; Seniors $27; Adults $32. For tickets, click here.

For a video that simulates various degrees of hearing loss, click here.

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Johns Creek Orchestra honors founding board member Loehn

This was a fabulous article by Jay Jones in the Gwinnett Daily Post about Richard Loehn and the early days of the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.

Photo by Ben Weitz Photography.

Read article

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Arts groups come together for holiday spectacle

Symphony honors longest serving board member

Article in Appen Media, December 25, 2018

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JCSO Gift Certificates Now Available!

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present gift certificates – perfect for any occasion, from birthdays to Hanukkah gifts, stocking stuffers, and more. One size fits all for the avid music lover in Metro Atlanta!

Order them in any quantity for friends, family, employee rewards, or neighborhood gifts. They are valid for any Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra-presented performance through December 31, 2019 and are available in student, senior, or adult admissions. Whatever the occasion, a ticket to the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will bring a smile to their face and a song to their heart.

Certificates can be mailed or held at Will Call for pickup. Order at least 1 1/2 weeks in advance to allow time for USPS to deliver by mail. Not redeemable for cash. Cannot be returned for a cash refund. All sales final.

To purchase a gift certificate, visit the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra website, under TICKETS, or click this link.

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In this Season of Thanks, We Are Grateful for Our Sponsors!

As we approach Thanksgiving, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra would like to publicly acknowledge the incredible level of support we receive from our friends in the community. As a nonprofit symphony orchestra, it is simply not feasible to support our operations based on ticket sales alone, and this is not unusual. The typical professional symphony orchestra in the United States relies on a complex matrix of public, private, and individual donors to augment earned revenue brought in through ticket sales, sold performances, and program advertising revenue.

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra’s most significant supporter is the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, who provided us with a $15,000 contract for services to support our 2018 performances. This funding is an extremely important and critical component of our budget, as it provides unrestricted funding of our operations, allowing us to pay for administrative costs, artistic personnel, technical support, marketing expenses, and more. Our sincerely thanks go to our Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann and the staff and administrators at the Fulton County Arts Council for their support of the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra through this annual contract.

The City of Johns Creek was extremely generous in inviting the JCSO to perform on its annual Summer Concert Series for the second year in a row this past October. This annual concert is an important outreach opportunity for the JCSO, as it allows us to perform at the beautiful Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater at Newtown Park for a crowd of over 1,000 people. Largely due to the City’s support, we are able to perform free of charge for our audience, making classical music available and accessible to every single person in greater Johns Creek. Special thanks also go to the Rotary Club of Johns Creek-North Fulton and to Stuart Perry, Farmers Insurance Agency in Johns Creek for providing additional funding for the Newtown Park concert.

In addition to Fulton County, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra received a $5,000 grant in 2018 from the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  GCA also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.  This grant played an important role in our ability to fund our American Dream performance in May. Earning a grant from this statewide entity is not just a monetary gift; it is an honor and an endorsement of the quality of the artistic product that the Johns Creek Symphony is presenting for our community, stacked up against many other arts organizations in the State of Georgia. We are grateful to have received this support this year.

We also have a number of corporate sponsors who provide a critical level of support for our 2018-2019 season.

Education and outreach are an important part of our mission, and to that end the JCSO has a comprehensive menu of concerts that we perform in the schools, nursing homes, and at other community events. Last spring, the orchestra was fortunate to receive a grant from World Financial GroupTransamerica Foundation to perform one of our “Meet the Orchestra” concerts at Hembree Springs Elementary School. These concerts introduce the children to the instruments of the orchestra section by section in a fun, un-intimidating program that is narrated by Stan-the-Music-Man. Over 400 kids were in attendance.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital generously sponsored our season-opening concert, “Maestro and Friends,” and has been a very strong supporter of the JCSO in almost every way for many years. Gwinnett Medical Center Duluth has also provided the JCSO with consistent support for our season for a very long time. Our newest season sponsor is Renasant Bank, who joined us for the first time this year, and we are thankful that they have decided to make the JCSO one of the beneficiaries of their philanthropic efforts.

Additionally, we have media sponsors who provide us with in-kind support of our marketing operations, allowing us to expand our reach within the North Fulton community. These include ClearChannel Outdoor, who have made it possible for us to reach entirely new audiences with outdoor, billboard advertising in our community; and Appen Media, whose print, electronic, and social media support has been an invaluable contribution to our orchestra.

We have begun holding special FUN-draising events this year, with beautiful music popping up in unexpected places around the city. Many thanks go to City Barbecue for including the JCSO in their Johns Creek store’s opening week of fundraising events; to Ali Adabi and Culver’s of Johns Creek for having a special Share Night featuring JCSO musicians on their beautiful patio in Suwanee and also for providing delicious frozen custard for our “Maestro and Friends” post-concert reception; to Cleve Gaddis and Gaddis Partners for sponsoring the music for our 2nd Annual Culinary Fantastique Dining Event; and to Edward Jones Financial Advisor Dennis McLynn in Suwanee for sponsoring Santa’s big trip to our Christmas Gala, all the way from the North Pole!

As you can see, it takes a village to support an orchestra, and these are just a few of the many entities who make the JCSO’s beautiful music on stage a reality. We encourage you to visit our donor page to view a complete list of the people, organizations, and businesses whose support enables the JCSO to bring professional classical music into the Johns Creek community during the year. If you are able, please patronize those who support the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, and mention that because their contribution makes a big impact for the JCSO, it matters to you.

If you or your business are interested in sponsoring or getting involved with the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, please visit our sponsor page or contact JCSO Executive Director Linda Brill at johnscreeksymphony@gmail.com.

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FREE event at Ocee Library!

Join Maestro Baughman and Concertmaster Adelaide Federici at the Ocee Library on Saturday, November 17, 2018 for a FREE, live reading/performance of “Ferdinand the Bull” at 11 a.m. Bring the Littles!

Ocee Library address:
5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30005