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GYSO May 2023 Concert Series
May 7, 2023
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The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The GCA also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Sponsors and Supporters
It is through the sustained generosity of our supporters that the Georgia Symphony Orchestra is able to continue delivering quality enrichment, entertainment and education throughout our community and greater region, encompassing music and arts lovers of all ages.
Our growing list of programs supports a wide range of needs in the community. Just a small sampling of the diverse options includes young musician education, inclusiveness in the concert hall, veterans’ support, free and affordable concert tickets, community presentations, and collaborative promotion of other outstanding nonprofit organizations.
Combining your giving with a musically infused GSO program doubles your impact in the community. Donating to the GSO is easy. Visit us at georgiasymphony.org/donate. Or call 770-615-2908.
Special Thanks to the Bobbie Bailey Foundation
for their gift of a $1 Million Dollar Endowment Fund
The GSO is sincerely grateful for the substantial support of our youth education program given by:
Gold Baton Circle $15,000-$24,999
Aegon Transamerica Foundation • Imlay Foundation
Silver Baton Circle $10,000-$14,999
Bobbie Bailey Foundation • Linda and John Cooke • Marietta Tourism
Bronze Baton Circle $5,000-$9,999
Bob and Linda Bonstein • GreyStone Power • Marietta Kiwanis • John and Shirley Morgan • Publix Supermarket Charities • James Rhoden • S.A. White Oil Company • Willful Impact
Conductor’s Circle $2,500-$4,999
Anonymous • Anonymous • Mary Kay Howard • Nora Roberts Foundation • Jeffrey and Louise Tharp • Sydney Trew
Principal Circle $1,000-$2,499
Frank Harris & Abby Avery Family • Robert and Holli Cortelyou • Crane Elder Law Firm • John Howell and Barbara Barr-Howell • Pamela Hubby • Mrs. Howard Lawrence • Joanne Mazula • Tutt and Debbie McCracken • Valencia McCrimmon • Gregory and Christine Mishkin • Pam and Bruce Rhyne • Linda Rodriguez • Alan and Susan Stensland • Lynn Thomas • Susan Traendly
Musicians Circle $500-$999
Anonymous • Barbara Barr-Howell • Cindy and Henry Bohn • Allan Cheshire • Jeremy Ewers • Bruce Gillett • Marianne Holdzkom • Home Depot • Kimberly-Clark Foundation • Regina Malloy • Oral Moses • Posh Hair Studio of Acworth • Georgia Rambo • Jackie Rucker • Ronna Ruppelt • Bob and Marge Schulhof • See Beautiful • Harry and Jennifer Winograd
Concertmaster Circle $250-$499
Anonymous • Dame Bamburry • David and Elesa Hembree • Tanya Hunter • Brendan Knoblauch • Michael Knowles • Clifford McCune • Yvonne and Michael Perrino • Vianne Satterfield • Pat and Gilberto Torres • James Wetrich
Encore Circle $100-$249
Linda Acevedo • David Barry • Alenia Baxter • Tibor Besedes • Kristen Bonstein • Marilyn Brooks • DK Gallery • Stephen and Amy Drabant • Fred and Joan Embden • Maryann Fedack • Allison Fichter • Priscilla Granese • Sharon Green • Barbara Hammond • Justin Hart • Judy Harvey • Adrian Heenan • Ann Hixson • Thomas LaForge • John Love • Brenda Lyle • Abraham Mahoney • Russell Marshall • Beverly Martin • Karen Milchus • Wei Money • Gil Moor • Paula & Grainger Morrison • Emory Morsberger • Jonathan Nash • Bill and Sarah Needs • Sam Olens • Trevor Phillips • Taylor Rambo • Jane Redwine • Brenda Rhodes • Alberto and Cindee Sapoznik • Al and Laura Searcy • Peter and Marian Sebel • Beth Simpson • Steve Simpson • CB Smithwick • Robert Snider • Sharon Stills • Ann Teeter • Sandra Timmons • John L. and Ann B. Vandevate • James and Karen Warren • Joseph Yorio
Ovation Circle $50-$99
Colt Chambers • Stephanie Davy • Jacqueline Downing • Camille Fairbanks • Elise Goldstein • Lenora Goodliffe • Sandra Herndon • Sandy Hsieh • Grace Johnson • Nick Johnson • Kil Soo Jung • Darron Kendrick • Kroger • Kristi Ledford • Wendy Lerner • Jane McGuigan • Mary Monteith • Pranita Nirgudkar • Nancy and Gordon O’Neill • Rodrick Stewart • Albert Strada • Gary Thomas • Paul Tompkins • Lily WhiteRose • Amorelle Williams
ARTS of Cobb • Atlanta Marriott Northwest at the Galleria Hotel • Chris Savas Photography • Cobb Travel and Tourism • Frank Harris Law • Gift of Music Foundation • Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors • Timothy Verville
Jeffrey Tharp in honor of the GYSO Jazz Ensemble
Noah Levine in honor of the GSO Chorus
Phillip O’Brien and Allison Fichter in honor of John and Linda Cooke
Nancy O’Neill in honor of Bob and Linda Bonstein
Kristen Bonstein in honor of Bob and Linda Bonstein
Dane Bamburry in honor of Valencia McCrimmon
Alenia Baxter in honor of Mary Kay Howard and Susan Traendly
Brendan Knoblauch in honor of Mary Kay Howard
Susan Traendly in honor of Mary Kay Howard
Sydney Trew in honor of Susan Stensland and Mary Kay Howard
Barbara Hammond in honor of Susan Stensland
Sharon Stills in honor of Susan Stensland
Brenda Rhodes in honor of Susan Stensland
Joan Harrell in honor of Susan Stensland
Martha and Dennis Moore in honor of Susan Stensland
Michal Kotzan in memory of Jeff Kotzan
Eileen Paulin in memory of Jeff Kotzan
Linda Acevedo in memory of Jeff Kotzan
Sharon Stills in memory of Helen Mackey, Theresa Ireland, Betty Knautz, Sylvia Peters
Allan Cheshire in memory of Susan Cheshire
Joseph Yorio in memory of JoAnn Mary Yorio
Marianne Holdzkom in memory of Joanna Cox
Brenda Rhodes in memory of Joanna Cox
Debra McCracken in memory of Joanna Cox
Susan Stensland in memory of Joanna Cox
Debra McCracken in memory of Frances M. Keith
Grace Johnson in memory of Frances M. Keith
Artistic Operations Manager
Office & Box Office Coordinator
Librarian & Personnel Manager
Michael Knowles, Chair
Fifth Third Bank
Atlanta Design Solutions
Frank Harris Law
The Home Depot
Sydney Trew, Treasurer
Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors
Ret. Educator/ Administrator
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Mary Kay Howard, Secretary
Ret. Educator/Medical Librarian
Raise Company, LLC
Ret. Business Executive
Timothy Verville, Ex officio
Georgia Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Jeffrey Tharp
Wellstar Medical Group
Ret. ArtsBridge Foundation
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Ret. Development Director GSO
Past Executive Director GSO
The John and Linda Cooke GSO/KSU Bailey School of Music Collegiate Scholars GYSO Internship Program
Laz Divine • Sydnee Goode • Giana Kleber • Nate Lawson • Gustavo De la Torre Martinez • Tyrell Smith • Alex Wilson • Allen Yun
Founded in 1951, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra has engaged audiences through imaginative programming, visionary leadership, and critically acclaimed performances.
The mission of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra is to enrich our community through accessible, high quality musical and educational experiences that instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts.
Our vision is to continue growing a thriving and innovative cultural organization that enriches, educates, and inspires audiences, students, and musicians in the community.
We value high quality musical performances and we prioritize quality musicianship in our productions.
We value the accessibility of our programs to the community, we prioritize making venues, times, and cost fit the needs of the community, and we make sure no one will be left behind.
We embrace diversity and innovation in our programming to inspire the widest possible audience with our musical experiences.
We value the importance of volunteers across our organization.
We value the support of our donors and audience members and continually manage our resources effectively and efficiently.
We recognize the vital contributions of our musicians and educators and we strive to maintain relationships that create a positive environment for all.
We strive to provide a variety of high-quality musical education opportunities for youth and for life-long learning.
Timothy Verville, Music Director and Conductor
The award-winning Timothy Verville’s performances are hailed as “awe-inspiring” and for “bringing down the house” (Atlanta Arts Scene). He is praised for possessing “finely focused conducting, (in which) the energy and pace of the music never sagged” (Tulsa World). A creative force, his innovative, imaginative, and musically engaging approaches in the concert hall position him as a uniquely multifaceted and multi-talented conductor of the modern orchestral world.
Verville conducted the inaugural Kyushu International Festival in Japan and has performed with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Hita Civic Orchestra, the Chikushi Jogakuen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra. In central America, he has appeared with Opera Panama and the Panamanian National Symphony Orchestra, and in Russia with the Far Eastern Symphony Orchestra.
He led performances with orchestras and theater ensembles across the U.S including the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and has upcoming appearances this season with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.
As Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Verville has energized audiences while increasing and diversifying concert offerings. His focus on audience engagement and outreach has been recognized throughout the community and in the League of American Orchestra’s “Symphony” magazine. His creative and collaborative programming has expanded the organization’s performance footprint and served to build bridges to underrepresented populations. In addition to conducting classics, pops, and special performances, he designs the Sensory Friendly concerts which have been supported by National Endowment for the Arts.
In 2007, Verville began a relationship with the Boston Chamber Orchestra that would encompass over a decade of music-making. Beginning as an instrumentalist in the orchestra, he was invited to become Associate Conductor and later Principal Guest Conductor. During his tenure, he toured internationally with the ensemble and recorded music for the orchestra’s first CD release.
In Phoenix, he served from 2010 to 2017 as the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Arizona Pro Arte. His presentations of unique and highly anticipated collaborative events resulted in exponential organizational and audience growth. During his tenure, the orchestra expanded to include a regular masterworks season, a summer orchestral series, educational performances, a chamber music program, a dance ensemble, and establish a composer in residence. He instituted an annual “Call for Scores” competition that at its height received over 920 applicants from forty countries in a single season.
Additional previous engagements include Music Director and Conductor of the North Valley Chamber Orchestra (AZ), Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra (AZ), and Conductor of the Pollard Theatre (OK).
Verville regularly commissions and conducts regional, national, and world premiere compositions which encompass operatic, symphonic, and dance music. He has counseled young and emerging composers across the country and worked with the Tucson Symphony’s “Young Composers Project,” which Yo-Yo Ma praised as an “extraordinary program.”
An award winner in the American Prize for Orchestral Performance, Verville was mentored by esteemed conductors Bruce Hangen, Timothy Russell, and James DePreist. He worked in masterclasses with David Effron, Markand Thakar, and Neil Varon. At the renowned Monteux School and Music Festival, Verville was selected as an orchestral assistant while studying with Michael Jinbo.
Verville earned degrees in music from the Boston Conservatory, the University of Oklahoma, and Arizona State University. He resides in Georgia with his wife and children.
For more information, please visit TimothyVerville.com
Nathaniel F. Parker, Associate Conductor, Dr. Bobbie Bailey GYSO Artistic Director & GYSO Symphony Director
A talented and versatile musician, Nathaniel F. Parker has conducted orchestras in the United States, Peru, Russia, Poland, England, and the Czech Republic. Equally at home working with professionals and training future generations of musicians, Dr. Parker is Director of Orchestral Studies at the Kennesaw State University School of Music—serving as Music Director and Conductor of the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Kennesaw State University Opera Program—and Associate Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. His recent guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) All-State Orchestra, the Fulton County High School Honor Orchestra (Georgia), and the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) District 9 High School Honor Orchestra.
Dr. Parker is the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and scholarships. He was named a finalist for a Conducting Fellowship with the New World Symphony, a semi-finalist for a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood, and a Candidate for the Respighi Prize in Conducting; he also received a Citation of Excellence in Teaching from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. An active scholar, Dr. Parker’s writings have been published by the Conductors Guild and the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA). He has presented research at the College Orchestra Directors Association’s national and international conferences and is Editor of the Journal of the Conductors Guild.
Dr. Parker has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Concert Orchestra and faculty at New England Music Camp (Maine), and Interim Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (GYSO) Symphony and Camerata orchestras. Before relocating to Georgia, he was Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Marywood University (Pennsylvania) where he was Music Director and Conductor of the Marywood University Orchestra and taught courses in conducting, instrumental methods, musicology, and analytical techniques. Other previous positions include Associate Conductor and Production Manager of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), Music Director and Conductor of the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School, Graduate Conducting Intern at Michigan State University, Music Director and Conductor of the Mason Orchestral Society’s Community Orchestra and Youth Symphony (Michigan), Assistant Director of Music at Xaverian High School (New York), Conductor of the New Music Festival of Sandusky Orchestra (Ohio), and Graduate Assistant Conductor and Teaching Assistant at Bowling Green State University (Ohio).
Parker earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University, where his primary instructors were Leon Gregorian and Raphael Jiménez. During his time at MSU he regularly appeared with all the university orchestras and focused his doctoral research on Leonard Bernstein, specifically the composer’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety.” He earned a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Bowling Green State University, where he studied with Emily Freeman Brown. His other conducting mentors include Stephen Osmond, Gary W. Hill, and Timothy Russell. In addition to his training in academia, Dr. Parker participated in numerous conducting master classes and workshops, conducting orchestras under the tutelage of nationally and internationally renowned conductors and conducting pedagogues including Christoph Eschenbach, George Hurst, Arthur Fagen, Markand Thakar, Mark Gibson, David Itkin, and Paul Vermel. Parker began his collegiate education at Arizona State University, where he studied bassoon with Jeffrey G. Lyman and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance.
Nat resides in Kennesaw with his wife, Melody, their son, Jacob, and their dog, Sammy.
For more information, please visit www.nathanielfparker.com
Congratulations to our 2023 GYSO Seniors!
Davis Arens • Kylie Buchanan • Caleb Burndrett • Kaitlyn Carpenter • William Chastain • Zane Crosson • Joey Dagostino • Jealyna Desarmes • Elisha Dewan • Ryan Ellicott • Shelby Fuller • Gabriel Gill • Reese Hall • Rithu Hedge • Ivan Jaiwant • Daniel Johnson • Hannah Jones • Lacy Kluck • Rohan Kumar • Stephanie Lee • Christopher Linder • Stephen Linder • Talal Masood • JeNai O’Connor • Reagan Pettus • Taylor Pruitt • Angelica Ricardo • Laila Sabree • Sean Salazar • Anoushka Scaria • Niland Siebenaler • Austin Smith • Mason Stokes • Maya Tongue • Lakshmi Valliyappan • Jacob Wilhelm • Sam Williams
Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center
Bill Scruggs, Music Director and Conductor
ANCIENT ECHOES OF TIME
Georges Bizet, arr. Richard Meyer
“INTERMEZZO” from the opera CARMEN
Dennis Grice III
Bryan Garcia Medina
Felipe Zimelewicz Pires
Pyeongkang Park, Music Director and Conductor
Jacques Offenbach, arr. Richard Meyer
“BARCAROLLE” from the opera THE TALES OF HOFFMANN
Ludwig van Beethoven
Megan Van Reenen
Kevin J Chang
Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center
GYSO String Symposium
Vera Ilyushina, Coach
Samuel Coleridge -Taylor
I. Allegro moderato
Nathaniel F. Parker, Music Director and Conductor
Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944)
CONCERTINO FOR FLUTE AND ORCHESTRA, OP. 107
Mason Stokes, flute
Winner, 2023 GYSO Concerto Competition
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
CONCERTO FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA, OP. 85
Neel Krishnan, cello
Winner, 2023 GYSO Concerto Competition
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
THE PLANETS, OP. 32
I. Mars, the Bringer of War
IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Cheng Kai Duan
August Holcombe Pomerance