Bay Atlantic Symphony 2013 (1024x683)Avalon is mak­ing final prepa­ra­tions for what is expected to be the biggest cel­e­bra­tion of America’s birth­day in South Jer­sey. The world-renowned Bay-Atlantic Sym­phony will be pre­sent­ing a fes­tive con­cert on Thurs­day, July 4th, at 7:00 p.m., inside the Avalon Com­mu­nity Hall, 30th Street and the beach. After the con­cert, Avalon will present one of the largest fire­works dis­plays along the New Jer­sey coast­line at approx­i­mately 9:15 p.m., at the 30th Street beach.  The con­cert and fire­works are free and open to the pub­lic. No tick­ets are needed for the con­cert and seat­ing will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

This Inde­pen­dence Day week in Avalon will truly be a cel­e­bra­tion of Amer­ica,” said Avalon Mayor Mar­tin Pagli­ughi. “We are hon­ored to have the Bay-Atlantic Sym­phony call Avalon its sum­mer home, and the Bor­ough is excited to present an evening filled with out­stand­ing music and fam­ily activities.”

The Bay-Atlantic Sym­phony will begin its sev­enth sum­mer of Avalon per­for­mances on July 4th with a pro­gram enti­tled “Lin­coln and Lib­erty.” Con­ducted by Music Direc­tor Jed Gaylin, the con­cert will be an all-American patri­otic cel­e­bra­tion of our coun­try. Brigadier Gen­eral (Retired) Jef­frey L. Pier­son, Sr., will be the guest con­duc­tor for a ren­di­tion of Stars and Stripes For­ever. Gen­eral Pier­son served in the United States Army with 42 years of mil­i­tary ser­vice and over 30 years of fed­eral Tech­ni­cian Ser­vice. Mayor Pagli­ughi will be the nar­ra­tor for Aaron Copland’s stir­ring A Lin­coln Por­trait.

The pro­gram will also include The Star Span­gled Ban­ner, Copland’s Fan­fare for the Com­mon Man and John Henry, John Philip Sousa’s Wash­ing­ton Post March, and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s roar­ing ren­di­tion of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Over­ture.

The July 4th con­cert is spon­sored by the Bor­ough of Avalon and the Avalon Depart­ment of Recre­ation. Patri­otic music that accom­pa­nies the fire­works dis­play will be simul­cast on radio sta­tion WCZT 98.7, the Coast radio sta­tion. Before the fire­works event, the Avalon Depart­ment of Recre­ation will have var­i­ous fun kids’ activ­i­ties on the Avalon beach and next to Avalon Com­mu­nity Hall.

Avalon will wel­come the Bay-Atlantic Sym­phony for two addi­tional con­certs pre­sented by the Avalon Free Pub­lic Library. On Sat­ur­day, July 20th, the sym­phony presents an Ital­ian Opera Gala fea­tur­ing renowned soprano Julia Kier­s­tine and tenor Richard Craw­ley. On Sat­ur­day, August 17th, the Sym­phony presents “Life Dances” fea­tur­ing noted vio­lin­ist Ste­fan Jackiw as guest soloist. These per­for­mances will be held inside the Avalon Ele­men­tary School, 235 32nd St., at 7 p.m. both evenings.

The July 4th per­for­mance by the Bay-Atlantic Sym­phony and fire­works dis­play is part of a five-day cel­e­bra­tion which takes place from July 1st through 5th.  The cel­e­bra­tion begins with a Mum­mers String Band and Dec­o­rated Bicy­cle through­out Avalon on July 1st at 6:00 p.m. The fes­ti­val also includes field races and a spe­cial boat parade on July 4th.

Now enter­ing its 30th year, the Bay-Atlantic Sym­phony is the res­i­dent orches­tra of the Stock­ton Col­lege Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter and the Guaracini Fine and Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter at Cum­ber­land County Col­lege, as well as being the orchestra-in-residence at the Cape May Music Fes­ti­val since 2003. Avalon is the sum­mer home of the Sym­phony, which is orchestra-in-residence of the resort’s “Sym­phony by the Sea” series. The Sym­phony has received world­wide expo­sure through its appear­ances on National Pub­lic Radio’s Week­end Edi­tion, Voice of Amer­ica, and WWFM’s Cel­e­brat­ing our Musi­cal Com­mu­nity. Their first com­mer­cial label record­ing, of She Comes to Shore–concerto for impro­vised piano and orches­tra by the con­tem­po­rary Hong Kong-born, Canadian-based com­poser and pianist Lee Pui Ming, was recorded August 2010 and is avail­able on the Innova label, dis­trib­uted by Naxos.

Jed Gaylin, now enter­ing his 17th sea­son as Music Direc­tor of the Bay-Atlantic Sym­phony, is Artist in Res­i­dence at The Richard Stock­ton Col­lege of New Jersey—the lat­ter posi­tion being part of an inno­v­a­tive model in which the Bay-Atlantic Sym­phony is inte­grated into the college’s musi­cal cur­ricu­lum. He is also the Prin­ci­pal Con­duc­tor of the Cape May Music Fes­ti­val, Music Direc­tor of the Johns Hop­kins Sym­phony Orches­tra in Bal­ti­more, and Music Direc­tor of the Two Rivers Cham­ber Orches­tra in Shep­herd­stown, WV.

The Sym­phony will open its 2013–14 sea­son with a gala spec­tac­u­lar—Live and Let Die: A Sym­phonic Trib­ute to the Music of Paul McCart­ney on Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 22, at 3 p.m., at the Bor­gata Hotel Casino & Spa, in Atlantic City.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Bay-Atlantic Sym­phony, please call their office at (856) 451‑1169, visit the Symphony’s web­site at, or visit them on Face­book. For addi­tional details about the Avalon’s July 4th cel­e­bra­tion activ­i­ties, visit Avalon’s offi­cial web­site,