GRAMMY NOMINATED PIANIST TERRENCE WILSON TO OPEN THE INAUGURAL ATLANTA MUSIC PROJECT SUMMER SERIES CONCERTS
AMP Summer Series to Present Four Free Concerts Featuring Faculty & Students
The Atlanta Music Project (AMP) Summer Series, a music festival and school, has announced its inaugural concert program, with an opening performance featuring special guest performer and GRAMMY nominated pianist Terrence Wilson. All concerts are free and open to the public and the Atlanta community is encouraged to attend.
Pianist Terrence Wilson will perform as the featured guest artist of “Terrence Wilson & Friends,” a free concert on Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Sylvan Hills Middle School in South Fulton County. Also performing on the program are the AMP Summer Series Faculty Brass Ensemble, AMP Summer Series Festival Choir and the AMP Summer Series Faculty String Quartet. The opening concert repertoire will include Felix Mendelssohn’s Fantasy “Scottish Sonata” for piano, music from George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess for brass ensemble, and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor.
The second concert of the 2016 AMP Summer Series will be “An Evening of Woodwinds & Strings” on Wednesday, June 15, featuring the AMP Summer Series Faculty Woodwind Quintet and Faculty String Quartet, with advanced students performing as well. The AMP Summer Series will cap off its program with two concerts in the last week of the festival featuring the student ensembles, which are comprised of experienced middle and high school students. The AMP Summer Series Festival Orchestra performs on Wednesday, June 22; and the AMP Summer Series Festival Choir performs on Thursday, June 23.
AMP Summer Series concerts are produced by the Atlanta Music Project in an effort to bring free, high-quality musical performances to underserved neighborhoods, featuring not only renowned professional musicians, but also accomplished student musicians from these neighborhoods and beyond.
The AMP Summer Series is a tuition-free, three-week summer music festival and school in its inaugural year. The foundation of the AMP Summer Series consists of three weeks of intensive musical instruction for middle school and high school-aged students to include group lessons, music theory, composition, master classes and participation in an orchestra or choir. The AMP Summer Series is a program of the Atlanta Music Project, a year-round tuition-free after-school music program for youth based in underserved neighborhoods of Atlanta.
2016 ATLANTA MUSIC PROJECT SUMMER SERIES CONCERT SCHEDULE
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Opening Night: Terrence Wilson & Friends
Featuring pianist Terrence Wilson, the AMP Summer Series Faculty Brass Ensemble, AMP Summer Series Festival Choir and AMP Summer Series Faculty String Quartet
Sylvan Hills Middle School: 1461 Sylvan Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Repertoire to include Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
An Evening of Woodwinds & Strings
featuring AMP Summer Series Faculty String Quartet, AMP Summer Series Faculty Woodwind Quintet, and AMP Summer Series student musicians
Sylvan Hills Middle School: 1461 Sylvan Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Repertoire to include Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango for woodwind quintet and Edvard Grieg’s String Quartet in G Minor Opus 27
Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 p.m.
Atlanta Music Project Summer Series Festival Orchestra
Christopher Thibdeau, conductor
Sylvan Hills Middle School
1461 Sylvan Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Thursday, June 23, 7:00 p.m.
Atlanta Music Project Summer Series Festival Choir
Emily Hobson, conductor
Kindezi School West Lake: 1890 Detroit Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
*All concerts are free and open to the public, with free will donations encouraged.
About Terrence Wilson, piano
Pianist Terrence Wilson has established a reputation as one of today’s most gifted instrumentalists. He has appeared with many prestigious ensembles, including the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Washington, DC (National Symphony), San Francisco, St. Louis and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as with the orchestras of Cleveland, Minnesota and Philadelphia. Among the conductors with whom he has worked are Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Hans Graf, Gunther Herbig, Neeme Järvi, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Robert Spano, Yuri Temirkanov, and Bramwell Tovey.
Terrence Wilson is also active as a recitalist, having made his New York City recital debut at the 92nd Street Y, and his Washington, DC recital debut at the Kennedy Center. In Europe he has given recitals at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and at the Louvre in Paris. In the United States, he has given recitals at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Caramoor Festival in Katonah, NY, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, and for the La Jolla Chamber Music Society. An active chamber musician, Mr. Wilson performs regularly with the Ritz Chamber Players.
Terrence Wilson has received numerous awards and prizes, including the SONY ES Award for Musical Excellence, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Juilliard Petschek Award. He has also been featured on several radio and television broadcasts, including NPR’s “Performance Today,” WQXR radio in New York, and programs on the BRAVO Network, the Arts & Entertainment Network, and public television. In December, 2010, Wilson was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording of Michael Daugherty’s Deus ex Machina for Piano and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero.
Terrence Wilson is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky. A native of the Bronx, he resides in Montclair, New Jersey. Read more about Terrence Wilson here.
About the Atlanta Music Project
Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project provides intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood. Now in its sixth year of programming and serving 200 students at four sites, AMP provides all its students with an instrument, a teaching artist, classes and numerous public performance opportunities. AMP does not hold entrance auditions – the only requirement is a commitment to attending all classes. AMP’s programs include: the AMP Orchestra; AMPlify, the choral program of the Atlanta Music Project; the AMP Academy, which provides advanced musical training to AMP’s most talented and dedicated students; and the AMP Summer Series, a music festival and school. AMP’s young artists have performed at Atlanta’s most prestigious venues, including the Woodruff Arts Center, Spivey Hall, and the Rialto Center for the Arts. In 2015 Clayton State University established the Atlanta Music Project Endowed Scholarships, providing scholarship funds for AMP students choosing to attend Clayton State as music majors and music minors. In the next two years, AMP will expand to serve more than 300 students at multiple sites. For more information visit www.atlantamusicproject.org.
Atlanta Music Project Contact:
Lindsay Aleshire, 706.202.6132, email@example.com