Johns Creek Symphony offers intimate concert, conversation

Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel provide music, Baughman, Lemle provide commentary



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek String Quartet will team up Sunday, Oct. 29, with Maestro J. Wayne Baughman and radio host John Lemle for an afternoon of music and commentary at Johns Creek United Methodist Church.

It is called “Maestro and Friends: A Musical Conversation,” where Baughman and Lemle provide anecdotes and musical asides with the musical program.

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Linda Brill said this will be an unusual concert for the discerning listener.

“It will be very intimate and interactive,” Brill said. “Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions of Mr. Lemle and the maestro as well as the musicians.”

Seating is limited and only 150 tickets will be sold.

The repertoire for the afternoon will include Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18; Mozart’s String Quartet No. 14 in G Major and Ravel’s Quartet in F Major.

In this unique, intimate, and interactive setting, patrons will have the opportunity to engage Baughman and Lemley with questions, while both share interesting musical commentary.

John Lemley is the host and producer of Atlanta’s only weekday classical radio program, “John Lemley’s City Café,” on AM 1690 WMLB, “The Voice of the Arts.”

From 1997-2015, Lemle produced and served as on-air host for classical music programming at 90.1 WABE, Atlanta’s National Public Radio station.

Lemley has garnered a number of accolades and awards. In 2008, he was named “Best Drive-Time DJ” by the staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for his work as host of ‘All Things Considered.” In 2010, Atlanta Magazine picked Lemley and City Café as “Best of the Dial.” In 2012, Lemley received a GLAAD media award.

Baughman studied choral and orchestral conducting at the University of Alabama with advanced studies in conducting at the University of Michigan.

Moving to Atlanta in 1974, Baughman immediately became involved with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Choruses. For 25 years he was a frequent vocal soloist, chorus member and rehearsal conductor under the guidance of the late Robert Shaw.

Baughman has held conducting positions at the State University of New York at Cortland and Brevard Music Center. He also served as music director at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta for nine years, where his performances of major choral-orchestral works received critical acclaim. Maestro Baughman is recently retired from liturgical music.

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Baughman, is entering its 11th season and is Metro Atlanta’s only fully-professional, part-time symphonic orchestra. It is made up of professional musicians from all over the greater Metro Atlanta area.

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