Renowned New Jersey pianist Richard Alston will perform at Dante Hall on Friday evening, Oct. 14, on the first day of the free three-day Atlantic City Music Festival, which takes place at various locations.
ATLANTIC CITY — Members of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony will present a three-day free musical extravaganza at various indoor and outdoor venues in Atlantic City Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16.
The festival will feature classical, pop, ragtime and other musical styles, from Bach and Beethoven to the Beatles, presenting a kaleidoscope of influences sure to satisfy all musical tastes.
In addition to the Bay-Atlantic Symphony Chamber Orchestra — conducted by music director Jed Gaylin — and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony Brass Quintet, other featured artists will include renowned pianist Richard Alston, performing music by composers of African descent, and well-known popular singer/songwriter Doug James performing with his longtime collaborator, guitarist Keith Mack.
For more information on the festival call 856-451-1169 or 609-432-9202, or visit the Symphony’s Web site at bayatlanticsymphony.org.
Friday, Oct. 14
Noon-1:30pm — (at Kennedy Plaza, Mississippi Avenue and the Boardwalk) — The Bay-Atlantic Symphony Brass Quintet will present an open-air concert of music by Bach, Beethoven, The Beatles, Scott Joplin, and others.
7pm — (at Richard Stockton College’s Dante Hall Theater of the Arts, 14 N. Mississippi Ave.) — Renowned New Jersey pianist Richard Alston will perform “Classically Black,” a program of extraordinary music by composers of African descent, including works by Scott Joplin, Margaret Bonds, William Grant Still, George Wright, and others. Alston was a musical advisor and consultant to the PBS television documentary Classically Black.
Saturday, Oct. 15
11am-noon — (at Atlantic City Free Public Library meeting room, 1 N. Tennessee Ave.) — Bay-Atlantic Symphony flutist Beverly Pugh Corry will present a children’s workshop “Build Your Own Instrument.” Children ages 6 to 14 will learn about the instrument families and make musical instruments out of recycled materials. Supplies will be provided. This program has received national recognition as one of the Symphony’s outreach programs for sight-impaired children. For more information on the workshop call 609-345-2269, ext. 3050.
8pm — (at Dante Hall) — The award-winning singer/songwriter Doug James will perform some of his best-known songs, such as song-of-the-year How Am I Supposed to Live Without You and I Fall All Over Again, as well as songs from his new CD All Roads Lead to You. Also featured will be the greatest guitarist Keith Mack and members of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. James has written hits for such leading pop stars as Michael Bolton, Dionne Warwick, Joe Cocker, Barry Manilow, Dan Hill, Cher, Laura Branigan, Chaka Khan, Paul Young, Cissy Houston, Barbara Mandrell, The Spinners, The Manhattans, and others.
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Sunday, Oct. 16
2-3:30pm — (at Gardner’s Basin, off New Hampshire Avenue in north A.C.) — The Bay-Atlantic Symphony Brass Quintet will present an open-air concert of music by Bach, Beethoven, the Beatles, Scott Joplin, and others.
7pm — (Dante Hall) — The Bay-Atlantic Symphony Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jed Gaylin, in “Celebrating the City,” featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, featuring renowned violin soloist Jorge Avila; as well as Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music), and African-American composer William Grant Still’s Panamanian Dances.
All events will have open seating. For the Dante Hall programs, the doors will open one hour perform the performance begins. The Atlantic City Music Festival is made possible through generous support from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).
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