The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra in performance, conducted by J. Wayne Baughman. (credit: Linda Chapman)

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra announces 2023-24 season, J. Wayne Baughman’s final as music director

EarRelevant Staff | 24 JUL 2023

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2023-24 concert season.

The fully-professional JCSO is based in Johns Creek, Georgia, in northeast Fulton County, in the rapidly growing deep northeastern suburbs of Atlanta. The orchestra’s primary performance venue, John’s Creek United Methodist Church, is only a 25-mile, 40-minute drive from Midtown Atlanta and only a 20 to 30-minute drive from most of its peer cities in North Fulton.

Founded in 2007, the orchestra is the product of the vision of its founder, music director, and conductor, J. Wayne Baughman, who, after 16 seasons at its helm, will be stepping down from his post at the season’s end.


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Baughman had worked as a music professional in the Johns Creek community since 1988, witnessing the dramatic growth of northeast Fulton County and the Johns Creek community, which became incorporated as a city on December 1, 2006.

That same day, Baughman brought together forty-two musicians for the first annual St. Benedict Christmas Gala & Holiday Pops Concert. A resounding success, with nearly 1,000 attendees, that concert was the final motivation to incorporate JCSO that April and plan its debut season, which featured four concerts beginning that fall.

JCSO music director J. Wayne Baughman. (credit: Ken Ortloff)

JCSO music director J. Wayne Baughman. (credit: Ken Ortloff)

Today, Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra exemplifies the successful flourishing of suburban arts in north metro Atlanta.

This year, the orchestra has expanded the number of subscription concerts from three to five, for a total of seven shows in all. Here is a rundown of the complete JCSO season:

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra 2023/24 Season

  • Saturday, September 30 @ 7:00pm
    Newtown Park, Johns Creek Georgia (free)
    “The Mark Wood Experience” – Dubbed “The Eddie Van Halen of the Violin World,” string master and original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark Wood joins JCSO for a night of “Rock in the Park.”
  • Saturday, November 18 @ 7:30pm
    Johns Creek United Methodist Church, Johns Creek GA
    “American Soundscapes” – American violinist Kevin Zhu performs Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, on a program with Ives’ Variations on America, Woodland Sketches by Edward MacDowell, and Copland’s Appalachian Spring.
  • Saturday, December 16 @ 2:30pm
    Johns Creek United Methodist Church, Johns Creek GA
    “A Kids’ Christmas” – A sensory-friendly holiday concert of dancing, singalongs, Santa Claus, and reindeer magic to bring together people of all abilities in celebration.
  • Saturday, December 16 @ 7:30pm
    Johns Creek United Methodist Church, Johns Creek GA
    “Christmas Pops” – Comedic songstress Nancy Gaddy joins JCSO and the Johns Creek Chorale to celebrate “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
  • Saturday, February 3 @ 7:30pm
    Johns Creek United Methodist Church, Johns Creek GA
    “Center Stage Rhapsodies” – Pianist Awadagin Pratt performs Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in a concert with the Festive Overture by William Grant Still and Dvorak’s New World Symphony.
  • Saturday, March 16 @ 7:30pm
    Johns Creek United Methodist Church, Johns Creek GA
    “Brilliant Beethoven” – JCSO, soloists Sarah Davis, Maria McDaniel Williathgamuwa, Jonathan Yarrington, and Jeffery Snider, and the Johns Creek Chorale, celebrate the 200th anniversary of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
  • Saturday, May 4 @ 7:30pm
    Johns Creek United Methodist Church, Johns Creek GA
    “Maestro’s Final Bow” – A grand farewell performance to Maestro Baughman, celebrating his impact on the Johns Creek community and highlights of JCSO history, featuring solos by his daughters: violinist Adelaide Federici and soprano Katie Edelmann.

More details and ticket information can be found online at johnscreeksymphony.org

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