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“An Evening of French Music” on Saturday, March 16

Concert Will Be Made Accessible to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patrons

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 2018-2019 season with An Evening of French Music on Saturday, March 16, 2019. A special pre-concert talk will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek. The performance will be conducted by JCSO Founder and Music Director J. Wayne Baughman and Dr. Nathan Frank, guest conductor. Soloists include JCSO Concertmaster Adelaide Federici, organist Jeremy Rush, and the Johns Creek Chorale, directed by Nathan Frank.

TICKETS for this public performance are $32 for adults; $27 for seniors; and $16 for students. Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount on tickets. For tickets, call (678) 748-5802 or visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org.

“This concert will feature some of the most beautiful music ever written by French composers,” said Music Director J. Wayne Baughman. “We are excited to highlight the musical artistry of the Johns Creek Chorale as well as the Johns Creek United Methodist Church’s mighty Aeolian-Skinner/Casavant Organ. This remarkable instrument is an artistic treasure of Johns Creek, lovingly restored and relocated to our city from the area of devastation near Ground Zero in New York City. In the hands of organist Jeremy Rush, this powerful instrument will provide an unforgettable sonic and aural experience.”

This performance will be made accessible to patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing through the addition of a sign language interpreter, written text translations, balloons to enhance vibrations, and a special pre-concert presentation (translated into ASL) given on stage beginning at 6:15 p.m. “Due to the very physical nature of this organ’s vibrations, we thought that this particular performance would be an excellent opportunity for us to reach out to people who are deaf or hard of hearing,” said JCSO Executive Director Linda Brill. “We wanted to create an environment where people of all hearing abilities can experience the beauty of classical music.”

The concert will open with Edouard Lalo’s Romance-Sérénade, which will feature JCSO Concertmaster Adelaide Federici on violin. The concert continues with Maurice Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess. Right before intermission, the audience will hear Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings, featuring organist Jeremy Rush. The second half of the concert will feature the Johns Creek Chorale in Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, Opus 9.

PRE-CONCERT PRESENTATION

The pre-concert presentation will be presented by consulting organist Randy Elkins, in partnership with Monte Nichols, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the choir loft on stage. Mr. Elkins, who is originally from Roswell, Georgia, received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in organ performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. While he is currently the director of music ministry at Virginia-Highlands Church, Mr. Elkins was formerly the organist at Johns Creek United Methodist Church, where he was intimately involved in this organ’s selection, renovation, and relocation to the Johns Creek United Methodist Church. Monte Nichols, who is also a member of the JCSO Board of Directors, has many years of experience with the evening’s repertoire, as a vocalist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s professional Robert Shaw Chamber Singers and in 27 years as Worship and Music Pastor at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church. The presentation will include an up-close look at the organ, a review of its history, a discussion of how the instrument works, a live demonstration of the capabilities of the instrument (with the opportunity to feel the vibrations of the wooden paneling on stage), and a pre-concert Q&A session with attendees as time allows. The pre-concert presentation is free for all ticketholders of any hearing ability.

PERFORMER BIOGRAPHIES

Dr. Nathan Frank earned his undergraduate degree in voice at The University of North Texas. Venturing south to study conducting at Southern Methodist University, Nathan served as the Senior Teaching Fellow and the Tenor Section Leader for the SMU Chorale and completed his Master of Music Degree. Returning home to the University of North Texas, Nathan began his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting. While at UNT, Nathan served as the Teaching Fellow for the Women’s Chorus and the Tenor Section Leader for the UNT A Cappella Choir. Nathan completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting with a related field in voice studies in 2014. Before moving to the Atlanta, Nathan has had teaching positions at Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle, Washington. Nathan was active in the musical community of Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. In Dallas, he was the Associate Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Ft. Worth. Most recently, he served as Director of Worship and Fine Arts at First United Methodist Church of Plano leading a music ministry of over 350 musicians. Dr. Frank is the Music Director of the Johns Creek Chorale.

The Johns Creek Chorale has been guided by the vision of its creator, Dr. Nathan Frank, and performed its inaugural concert November 8, 2015. A dream of many in the community of Johns Creek, this new choral ensemble satisfies the growing need for high-level choral musicianship. The chorale brings together approximately 70 men and women from diverse backgrounds to experience the joy of singing and to continue a life-long love for choral music. The chorale is on its way to becoming one of the premier choral groups in the greater Atlanta area.

Jeremy Rush is principal organist at Johns Creek United Methodist Church.  Mr. Rush studied Sacred Music, Choral Conducting, and Organ at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where he studied with John Walker and David Craighead.  He is a career church musician and has served for over 25 years as organist, choirmaster, and/or hand bell director for congregations of 100 to 10,000 members in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Georgia.  Mr. Rush had his first church organist job at age 13.  At age 17, he was selected as one of only five students auditioned nationwide to perform at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. In 1996, he was the winner of the American Guild of Organists Young Artists’ Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before joining the music staff of Johns Creek United Methodist Church in 2015, Mr. Rush served in various capacities at Northside United Methodist Church, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, and as Artistic Director of The Atlanta Concert Ringers.

JCSO Music Director and Conductor J. Wayne 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 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 conducting positions at the State University of New York at Cortland and Brevard Music Center. He also served as music director at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta for nine years, where his performances of major choral-orchestral works received critical acclaim. Maestro Baughman is recently retired from liturgical music.

Now in its twelfth 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 three-concert series of performances, as well as additional educational programs and special events each year.

2018-2019 Season Sponsors:

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JCSO Begins 18-19 Season with MAESTRO AND FRIENDS!

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Post-concert reception sponsor:

Johns Creek, Georgia– The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will open its 2018-2019 season with  “Maestro and Friends,” featuring the JCSO String Quartet and Friends, on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek, Georgia. Maestro J. Wayne Baughman will give a pre-concert talk beginning at 6:45 p.m., and the concert will be followed by a complimentary reception, sponsored by Culver’s of Johns Creek. This concert is presented by Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

The concert will be an uplifting evening of chamber works, including Dvorak’s String Quintet in G Major and Mendelssohn’s Octet in Eb Major. Featured musicians include Adelaide Federici, Alison James, Peter Ciaschini, and Lee Taylor, violins; Cindy Beard and Kate Feltgen, violas; Sarah Kapps and Martin Gueorguiev, cellos; and Todd Markey, bass.

TICKETS for this public performance are $32 for adults, $27 for seniors 55+, and $16 for students. For tickets, call (678) 748-5802 or visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org.

Now in its twelfth 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 three-concert series of performances, as well as additional educational programs and special events each year.            

Thanks to our 2018-2019 season supporters:

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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

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Presenting Our First Culinary Fantastique

Fundraising Event at Publix Aprons Cooking School to feature American Cuisine.

Johns Creek, Georgia– The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce a new fundraising event, Culinary Fantastique, which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Publix Aprons Cooking School at Alpharetta Commons, 4305 State Bridge Road.

“Our final performance this season on May 12 is titled The American Dream,” remarked JCSO Executive Director Linda Brill. “Just as our concert will feature some of the best and most distinctive selections of American music, this companion cooking event will feature the wide diversity of tastes from different geographic areas of our country. All proceeds will benefit the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.”

Each tax-deductible* ticket is a passport to flavors from all four corners of the country, freshly prepared by a team of professional chefs. Learn your favorite dish’s background, how to prepare it, special cooking techniques, and more, peppered with humor and in the company of friends. The special evening culminates in a delicious four-course meal paired with wine.

TICKETS for this special event are $75 per person. The RSVP and pre-payment deadline is Friday, April 20. Reservations can be made by calling (678) 313-1094 or by email at ccsalim38@yahoo.com. Hurry, as only 50 tickets will be sold.

*JCSO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For tax purposes, this event has a value of $45 per person. Any amount donated over $45 per person is deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Now in its eleventh 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 three-concert series of performances, as well as additional educational programs and special events each year.       

Thanks to our season supporters:

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3-Concert Subscriptions are Available!

Subscribers Save 20%.

Johns Creek, Georgia– The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season is quickly approaching, and subscriptions are currently available, saving subscribers 20% off the price of single tickets purchased separately.

“The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra season subscription is an excellent value right here in North Fulton,” noted Executive Director Linda Brill. “For less than the price of one single ticket to many other shows, our subscribers receive a package of three tickets to see first-class, professional symphonic performances here at home in Johns Creek.”

TICKET PRICING:

SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS (All 3 concerts) are $77 for adults; $65 for seniors; and $38 for students. INDIVIDUAL CONCERT TICKETS (Just 1 concert) are $32 for adults; $27 for seniors; and $16 for students. For tickets, call (678) 748-5802 or visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org.

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season is as follows:

CHRISTMAS GALA HOLIDAY POPS

Saturday December 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Timothy Miller, guest vocalist, and the Christmas Gala Chorus

The JCSO’s annual celebration of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

VIRTUOSO STRINGS

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

A special matinee performance featuring our very own string section in St. Paul’s Suite, and more!

THE AMERICAN DREAM

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Brent Davis, baritone, and Roger Wise, Jr., narrator

A musical tour of the country we call home, from Broadway to the Wild West, with many stops in between!

All performances are held at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek, Georgia.

Now in its eleventh 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 three-concert series of performances, as well as additional educational programs and special events each year.       

Thanks to our season supporters:

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Season 9 Is Here!

Welcome to Season Nine! We are excited to invite you attend what is going to be a remarkable three-concert season under the direction of Maestro J. Wayne Baughman, filled with special programs and guest performers. To ensure your seating and tickets to all events, purchase a Friends & Family Season Ticket Package for a 10% savings today!

We begin this season with a very special milestone – our 10th Anniversary Annual Christmas Gala & Holiday Pops Concert. Yes, that’s right, ten years of performing the best holiday music in all of the north metro area! Your season ticket ensures a seat among what will be a sold out audience of 1,400 patrons as we bring you the full JCSO and Christmas Gala Chorus, the return of special featured guest Jazz Trumpeter/Big Band Performer Joe Gransden and his quartet, along with guest soloists and just perhaps a few surprises! We return to the beautiful Johns Creek United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 19th at 8:00pm. Note that these tickets are for general admission seating, mailed Fall 2015.

For the next two concerts, we return to the Theater at Johns Creek High School. On Saturday, February 27, 2016 we present “Side by Side!” This very special evening of music enables us to support our commitment of providing professional assistance to the area’s best high school musicians by having them perform on stage with the JCSO. For the first part of our evening, there will be over 80 musicians on stage at the same time! We welcome the Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra (GPYO) and their conductor Rolando Salazar. Selections will include Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, Prelude to Die Meistersinger by Wagner, and Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saens. After intermission, the JCSO returns to perform Beethoven’s 5th.

On May 14th we present our season finale a “Salute to Love!” This pops tribute will highlight the music of love and romance from Bacharach to Bizet. Enjoy musical selections from Dr. Zhivago and West Side Story, medleys from Burt Bacharach along with other pops classics, and some light classical tributes such as Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Bizet’s Carmen Suite No.1. A soprano soloist and a few other special guests will make this an outstanding way to conclude Season Nine! Note: Tickets for February and May are reserved and will be mailed sometime after January 2016.

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Meet The Orchestra at Shakerag Elementary

Take a second to get to know the talented orchestra  at Shakerag Elementary! They put on a magnificent show. Many more phenomenal performances are sure to come from them so stay tuned!

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Meet the Orchestra at State Bridge Crossing Elementary

These are the wonderfully talented musicians behind the State Bridge Crossing Elementary Orchestra. If you weren’t there to witness it, you’ll never believe just how incredible these young virtuosos were…

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Handel’s Messiah – The Christmas Portion

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra proudly presents Handel’s Messiah (Christmas Portion), on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 at 8:00pm. Come join us for a night of celebration while we play some of Handel’s finest.

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Patron Thank You Reception

Here are some great photos from our Patron Thank You Reception on June 14, 2013. Pictured below are Dr. Thomas and Cherie Bantly attending our Patron Thank You Reception:

Dr. Thomas and Cherie Bantly attending our Patron Thank You Reception

Stevenette Anderson and her guest:

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