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Bay Atlantic Symphony closes Avalon summer series Aug. 15

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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015 12:53 pm

AVALON — Enjoy an evening of music in the classical Viennese tradition — one of Mozart’s virtuosic horn concerti, beloved overtures from two of the master’s most famous operas and the last of Haydn’s epic group of 104 symphonies — as the Bay Atlantic Symphony closes the 2015 “Symphony by the Sea” summer series of concerts sponsored by the Avalon Free Public Library at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Avalon Elementary School, 235 32nd St.

The last of this two-concert series — conducted by Bay Atlantic Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin — will feature principal hornist Jonathan Clark in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 417,” one of four masterful horn concerti that Mozart wrote that have become staples in the repertoire for that instrument. The well-known overtures to two of Mozart’s most beloved operas — “Don Giovanni” and “The Marriage of Figaro” — will also be included. The program will conclude with Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Symphony No. 104 in D major, Hob. 1/104, London” — the last of the 12 symphonies Haydn composed while living in London and the last in the composer’s entire monumental set of symphonies.

Clark, principal hornist of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, is also a member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C. He also plays with the Philly Pops, Pennsylvania Ballet Company orchestra, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Outside of the concert hall, he has recorded for NFL Films and plays horn in the popular musical “Les Misérables” on Broadway.

Clark started playing the French horn while in the fourth grade and played steadily in middle and high school ensembles. His undergraduate studies took place at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Horn Performance in 2008. While there, he studied with Richard Mackey and Jason Snider and worked with many other members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He received a master’s degree in Horn Performance from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, studying with Jeffrey Lang of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Tickets are free and available to the public from the Avalon Free Public Library. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call (609) 967-7155 or visit avalonfreelibrary.org

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