• October 8, 2020

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

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

Charles Yang to Open Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra’s 14th Season! 150 150 Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra

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.