TWO Concerts for the Holidays!
A Kids’ Christmas and Christmas POPS!
Both on Saturday, December 18
Johns Creek, Georgia– The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will continue its 15th anniversary season by celebrating the Most Wonderful Time of the Year with two Christmas concerts this year, both on the same day, Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek.
A Kids’ Christmas is a sensory-friendly holiday matinee concert for the whole family to enjoy together. A Kids’ Christmas will feature favorite seasonal songs, sing-along, Santa, and more! The concert is perfect for families on the Autism spectrum, people with Alzheimers, dementia, etc. It is a concert the WHOLE family can enjoy together. This performance will include a variety of fun seasonal favorites, including “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and much more. Santa will be on-site spreading holiday cheer and taking informal photos. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m.
Christmas Pops, Johns Creek’s annual holiday tradition, sponsored by Farmers Insurance – Stuart Perry Agency Johns Creek, continues later in the day at 7:30 p.m. This concert, conducted by Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Music Director J. Wayne Baughman, will include holiday favorites consisting of a variety of seasonal, sacred, and secular music, including “Winter Storms,” “Silent Night,” “The First Noel,” “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” and much more.
Guest artists include Johns Creek Chorale directed by Nathan Frank and resident Fox Theatre organist Ken Double. Double will play the vintage Aeolian-Skinner Organ nearly destroyed in the 9/11 attacks but was restored and found its new home at Johns Creek United Methodist Church.
A Kids’ Christmas – Tickets are $25 for seniors; $20 for students; $15 for kids; Children 0 – 2 years old are free.
CHRISTMAS POPS – Tickets will range from $18 – $42.50.
Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount on tickets. For tickets, call (678) 748-5802 or visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org.
Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra cares about the health and welfare of our audience, volunteers, and musicians. We will continue to follow COVID-19 related governmental and CDC guidelines. In adherence to Johns Creek United Methodist Church’s COVID-19 guidelines, masks are required in the facilities for all persons (6 years old and up). Social distancing will be practiced. These concerts are extremely popular, and patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets well in advance. Due to social distancing, tickets are limited and the concert may sell out in advance of the day of the performance.
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 and advanced studies in conducting at the University of Michigan.
In 1974, Maestro Baughman immediately became involved with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Choruses upon his arrival in Atlanta. For 25 years, he was a frequent vocal soloist, chorus member, and rehearsal conductor under the guidance of the late Robert Shaw. He was well known for his oratorio performances as a 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.
In its fifteenth season, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is metro Atlanta’s only fully professional, part-time symphonic orchestra, consisting 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 and additional educational programs and special events each year.
A former radio and television sportscaster who started taking organ lessons as an 8-year-old in Chicago, KEN DOUBLE has enjoyed a second career focused on his love of the music of the theatre pipe organ. As a sportscaster, Ken broadcast NBA and major college basketball, NHL, IHL and AHL hockey, the worldwide broadcast of the Indy 500, and more. He spent two years as the “Voice of the Atlanta Knights” hockey team from 1992-to-94. Since retiring from broadcasting in 2008, Ken has performed concerts on the great theatre pipe organs around the world. He also helped establish the Long Center Theatre Organ Society in Lafayette, Indiana; spent ten years as the President of the American Theatre Organ Society; and currently is one of the two organists who perform on Mighty Mo, the iconic 4/42 Möller pipe organ at the Atlanta Fox Theatre.
Ken Double performed his first concert in 1978; has more than 20 recordings to his credit; has toured Australia and New Zealand 8 times; and in June of 2022 will celebrate his 40th annual concert at Long Center in Lafayette, IN, on the Wurlitzer organ he helped create and install.
Ken has been thrilled to not only perform many times on some of the greatest theatre organs across the United States, but to also have the honor of assisting the chapters and groups that stage the concerts in marketing the fundraising; enjoyed helping grow the ATOS Summer Youth Adventure, the camp-like event that has provided more than 80 young people the opportunity to learn to play (including at least 6 new concert artists who have grown from the program). He has also played a part in finding new homes for theatre organs, thus introducing the art form to new audiences in many locations.
Concert and recording artist, administrator, promoter and fundraiser, broadcaster and entertainer, Ken Double has enjoyed, as he says, “getting paid to have fun.”