New Jersey’s Bay-Atlantic Symphony has announced a new five-concert summer series to take place at the Borgata Hotel Spa & Casino in Atlantic City, a first for the orchestra. Music Director Jed Gaylin will lead the series at the Borgata’s Music Box Theatre, which spans five Sunday afternoons, opening on July 7 and concluding on August 18. The July 7 program will feature Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and marches by John Philip Sousa, and the closing August 18 program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, with soloist Stefan Jackiw. Also part of the series will be an all-Mozart concert; Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”) and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Jorge Ávila; and Italian opera arias with soprano Julia Kierstine and tenor Richard Crawley. “The concept of taking the great classical masterpieces into a casino showroom is a way to bring this music to new audiences who might not have heard a live symphony orchestra,” said Bay-Atlantic Symphony Executive Director Paul Herron. “At the same time, it brings our loyal audience members to a new and different performance venue.” 

Posted May 6, 2013