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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 Gift Certificates Now Available! 887 361 Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra

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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Christmas Gala Holiday Pops

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will continue its 2018-2019 season by celebrating the Most Wonderful Time of the Year with CHRISTMAS GALA HOLIDAY POPS on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the littlest ticketholders to visit with Santa from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. A complimentary post-concert reception will follow in the church’s Gathering Room.

This family-friendly concert, conducted by Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Music Director J. Wayne Baughman, will include holiday favorites that will be enjoyed by both the young and young-at-heart. In the Boston Pops style, this performance will include a variety of seasonal, sacred, and secular music, including “Joy to the World,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Festival Gloria,” “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” and much more. Guest artists include soprano Caitlin Hammon Moore, Johns Creek Chorale and Tapestry Women’s Ensemble, both of which are directed by Nathan Frank.

This concert will be a drop site for the 2018 Atlanta Toys for Tots campaign. All ticket holders are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the performance for an Atlanta child in need.

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 is extremely popular, and patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets well in advance.

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.            

Santa Sponsor:

Dennis McLynn, Financial Advisor

 

 

 

 

Thanks to our season supporters:

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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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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