Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa announced The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will bring masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev to The Music Box in a series of five spectacular concerts from July 7 through August 18.

The concerts will be conducted by Bay Atlantic Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin and will feature world-renowned soloists who have been favorites of Bay-Atlantic Symphony audiences.

"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. At the same time, it brings our loyal audience members to a new and different performance venue," said Bay-Atlantic Symphony Executive Director Paul Herron. "We are constantly trying to find new, exciting ways to present classical music and to build on our established partnerships."

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Borgata and The Bay-Atlantic Symphony forged a relationship in 2008 with a gala 25th anniversary concert featuring Cirque de la Symphonique. The success of this show resulted in annual season-opening gala shows featuring tributes to Benny Goodman, The Beatles, and the Motown Sound. The Texas Tenors, stars of NBC's reality show America's Got Talent, appeared in Borgata's Music Box this past year and, in addition to the concert series below, the Symphony is scheduled for a tribute to Paul McCartney concert in September.


July 7 - An Americana concert will feature Aaron Copland's stirring A Lincoln Portrait, rousing marches by John Philip Sousa, and the Symphony's spectacular reading of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

July 14 - Two of the most beloved classical masterpieces will share the program-Franz Schubert's lyrical Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, "Unfinished" and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 58-one of the most famous and demanding violin concerti in the repertoire.  The concerto  will feature the dynamic violinist Jorge Ávila as soloist.

July 21 - A program of Italian opera will include arias and duets by Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini, and Giuseppe Verdi. Featured soloists will be soprano Julia Kierstine and tenor Richard Crawley. Kierstine has won critical acclaim from coast-to-coast for her "resplendent instrument" and vivid portrayals of spinto soprano roles. Crawley, has established himself as one of the most exciting and innovative interpreters of the spinto tenor repertoire, with leading roles to his credit at the San Francisco Opera and other venues through the United States and abroad.

August 4 - An all-Mozart concert will take place on August 4, featuring his sublime Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter" and his beautiful Violin Concerto in D major, K. 218, with the brilliant Canadian-born violinist Kai Gleusteen as soloist. Gleusteen has been recognized worldwide as soloist, concertmaster of the Orchestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona Spain.

August 18 - Ludwig van Beethoven's happy, smiling Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 will share the program with Sergei Prokofiev's lyrical Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63, the best-known of the composer's violin works. Soloist Stefan Jackiw, is recognized one of his generation's most significant artists. He has collaborated around the world in solo appearances and with such conductors as Yannick Nénet-Séguin, Marin Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Mikhail Pletnev, Gerard Schwarz, and Yuri Temirkanov.

All concerts will take place on Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets for these performances will go on sale Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. and are priced at $25. They can be purchased, or by calling 866-900-4TIX (4849).



The City of Philadelphia hosted dozens of college and career-bound youths at a kick-off event in City Hall today as part of the 11th annual Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day.


Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day, a nationally observed day of mentoring, is coordinated locally by the City of Philadelphia. At the morning kick-off ceremony, students from across Philadelphia joined Mayor Michael A. Nutter and teamed up with City workers representing numerous municipal departments, programs and agencies.


“Providing opportunities to empower and educate children and youth has always been a priority for this Administration,” said Mayor Nutter. “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day allows City employees to mentor young people by introducing them to professional work environments where the students can learn about the daily operations of public service through first-hand experience. The City of Philadelphia will continue to support initiatives that encourage an interest in education and career exploration among our youth.”


Mayor Nutter marked the occasion by reading part of a proclamation declaring Thursday, April 25 as “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day” in Philadelphia. He told the participating youth that education and experience will lead them to a successful career path. The Mayor later posed for photos with the students and their City mentors.


City Representative Desiree Peterkin-Bell, the event’s emcee, emphasized that Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day is truly about providing a career stepping stone for the city’s future bankers, lawyers, government officials and other professionals. She praised the young participants for their motivation and interest in career development. She also recognized the adult mentors for making a meaningful difference in the lives of the students.


Greta Greenberger, longtime City Hall historian and Director of City Hall Tours and Visitors Center, talked to the students about the history of City Hall and the various activities that occur in the building each day.