Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
Cannon Classical Music Series
Cannon Classical Music Series

Concerts 2017

All performances begin at 4:00 in Center Theater and are followed by an artist meet-and-greet, wine and cheese reception.
Tickets are $23 Members, $25 Non Members, $12 Child (16 and under) per performance. SNCA members qualify for a series price - all four performances for $80. Discount is applied after choosing all four events at or by calling 706 878-3300.

Franklin Pond Chamber Music
Sunday, September 10, 2017 • 4:00pm in the Center Theater
Franklin Pond Chamber Music

Bradley Hu, Tobias Liu, violins • Nathan Gay, viola • Alicia Shin, cello

  1. Hungarian Dance #5 • Johannes Brahms
  2. String Quartet, Op. 76, No.4 • Franz Joseph Haydn • I. Allegro con spirito
  3. Ashokan Farewell • Jay Unger
  4. String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D.703 • Franz Schubert • “Quartettsatz”, Allegro assai
  5. The Zombie Attack • Michael Kurth • Though Terrifying, Was Funkier Than They Had Anticipated
  6. Fiddle Faddle • Leroy Anderson
  7. Por Una Cabeza • Carlos Gardel

Franklin Pond Chamber Music is a unique year around chamber music program for talented string students. Created as an opportunity for serious students to interact personally with highly qualified professionals, Franklin Pond offers coaching with faculty members from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, master classes with guest artists from all over the nation, special classes such as movement, eurhythmics, and Alexander Technique, and regularly scheduled sight-reading sessions.

Tobias Liu, violin, is thirteen years old and in eighth grade at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. He began studying violin at the age of five with Keiko Furness and is currently studying with Sonja Foster. Last May, Tobias's Aoide Trio was the first prize winner of the inaugural Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition. At age eleven, Tobias made his solo debut with the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra as the first place winner of their Concerto Competition. In December 2016, Tobias was featured along with his sister, Phoebe, in the Tower of Talent fundraiser for the Children's Health Care of Atlanta showcasing the most talented musicians in Atlanta which included a live performance on 11Alive/NBC TV. Tobias is a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Georgia All-State Orchestra. He was a winner of the American Protégé Piano and Strings International Competition and performed in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, N.Y. He has performed solos as a Conference Recitalist at the Georgia Music Teachers Association's annual conferences consecutively as the winner of the GMTA Strings Competition since he was seven. In addition to being a passionate musician, Tobias is also an outstanding artist and athlete. His artwork has been displayed in the High Museum, at the Georgia Board of Education, and at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He is a member of the state champion swim team, golf team and orchestra at Westminster Schools. Tobias has been a year-round competitive swimmer at Dynamo Swim Club since 2011. He attended Franklin Pond the summers of 2016 and 2017.

Bradley Hu, violin, is a sophomore at Johns Creek High School and was the winner of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra concerto competition playing a solo with them last spring in Spivey Hall in Atlanta. He was also the recipient of MYSO’s Dave Cady Memorial Scholarship for three years and served as concertmaster last year. For two years, he was chosen by audition for the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State orchestra. He was the Concertmaster of the Fulton County Honor Orchestra and member of Johns Creek High School's highest Chamber Orchestra, which will be performing at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago this year. This year he will be competing in the Carnegie Hall American Protégé Competition. Bradley has been playing violin for three years. He currently studies with Sonja Foster and his previous teachers include Lee Sheehan and Noriko Clift. Bradley attended Franklin Pond the summer of 2017.

Nathan Gay, viola, is a junior at Roswell High School and has five years of experience as a violist. He is a member of the Roswell High School Chamber Orchestra and has played in the pit orchestra there for two years. In 2016, Nathan performed in the Tower of Talent in Atlanta at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. In 2015, he participated in the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference in Chicago. During his eighth grade year, he participated in the Talent Development Program affiliated with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 he was also awarded a seat in the Georgia All-State Orchestra and received a scholarship to attend the summer program at Florida State University. Nathan enjoys playing often in the worship services at the church he attends. He aspires to become a professional violist and composer. He also enjoys reading, watching movies, and socializing with friends and family. Nathan attended Franklin Pond the summer of 2017.

Alicia Shin, cello, is a sophomore at North Gwinnett High School, and has been playing the cello for 6 years. She has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Georgia All-State Orchestra for two years. She traveled to Iceland for concerts with the Atlanta Youth Orchestra in 2016 and participated in Franklin Pond Chamber Music the summer of 2017. Alicia' first teacher was Bo Na and she is currently studying with Martha Gerchefski. This year she plans to teach cello privately.

Alan Brown, pianist
Sunday, October 22, 2017 • 4:00pm in the Center Theater
Alan Brown, pianist

Alan is a native Atlantan and began his piano studies at age 9 with Karen Bortolini and later Robert Spence at the Westminster Schools. While there he won two concerto competitions to perform on piano with both the Atlanta Chamber Orchestra and the Atlanta Community Orchestra. From there he went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Music at Georgia State University and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, both in French Horn Performance, but continued his piano studies concurrently with the horn and took every opportunity to use his piano skills to accompany instrumentalists, singers and dancers.

While spending a year at the Cincinnati Conservatory in 1984, he began to accompany ballet classes, which has been an enjoyable sideline for his career as a free-lance hornist and registered nurse ever since. Among the ballet institutions he has accompanied for are the Alvin Ailey School in New York, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Atlanta Ballet where he is currently on full time staff. He has also accompanied the annual Royal Academy of Dance exams and seminars in Atlanta since 2009.

In addition to his piano endeavors, Alan maintains a free-lance horn prescence playing on occasion with the Atlanta Symphony Pops Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera and Ballet Orchestras and the Midtown Brass Quintet among many others as well as teaching horn lessons and having many students placed in Allstate bands and auditioned orchestras. Another one of his interests lies in arranging and composing. He earned a dual diploma from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing and Production in 2003. His arranged woodwind quintet shows for children are currently performed by many quintets in different parts of the country.

In 2010, he earned his second bachelors degree, this time in nursing from Kennesaw State University and worked for over 3 years as an oncology and chemotherapy certified nurse. He is currently working on online graduate courses towards a masters degree in nursing.


  • Aragonaise from the opera Le Cid (1885) by Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
  • Selected Pieces from Music for Ballet Class, vol.II (1980) by Graham Dickson-Place (b.1951)
  • Pas de Deux, no.1 Adagio from Paquita, Act 3 (1881) by Ludwig Minkus (1826-1917)
  • Pas de Deux, no.1 Adagio from La Bayadere, Act 3 (1877) by Ludwig Minkus
  • Pas Classique Hongrois — Raymonda’s Variation from Raymonda (1898) by Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936)
  • Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Spartacus (1954) by Aram Khachaturian (1903–1978)
  • Lullaby from Gayane (1941) by Aram Khachaturian
  • The Red Poppy (1927) by Reinhold Glière (1875-1956)
    • No. 4 Dance of the Malaysian Women
    • No. 56 Tao-Hua's Scene with the Captain
    • No. 60 Dance with the Goblet

Atlanta Saxophone Quartet
Sunday, November 5, 2017 • 4:00pm in the Center Theater
Atlanta Saxophone Quartet

The Atlanta Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2006 and has performed at major concert halls, classical music series, conferences, and museums throughout Georgia. ASQ performs an eclectic mix of repertoire, fitting of the diverse training and experience of its members. Program

Scott Stewart (soprano saxophone) is on the Instrumental Music faculty at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, where he teaches and conducts both Upper School Winds and Percussion and Orchestra. He is the Music Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, which has made recent appearances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Severance Hall in Cleveland. He served as the Director of Wind Studies at Emory University from 1999-2013, where he conducted the Emory Wind Ensemble and taught courses in conducting, wind band literature and history, and film music. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Doctor of Music in Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and a Master of Music from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an active guest conductor, teacher, clinician, author, speaker, and saxophonist. He is the on-air host of 90.1 WABE's "Strike Up the Band" radio program, and appears weekly on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes" as film music commentator.

Jan Berry Baker (alto saxophone) has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Japan, Mexico, France, Germany, Scotland, England, Ukraine, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. An advocate of new music, she is the Co-Artistic Director and saxophonist with Bent Frequency. She has commissioned and premiered numerous works by distinguished and cutting-edge composers and has won national and international grants to fund the creation, performance and recording of new music. The Bent Frequency Duo Project (with percussionist Stuart Gerber) has commissioned over 20 new works for saxophone and percussion in the past few years and has given over 30 performances of these works across the US, Germany and France. As an orchestral saxophonist, she regularly performs with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Orchestra, Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet and has been featured as a concerto soloist with orchestras in Canada, Ukraine, Mexico, and the United States. She can be heard on American Orchestral Works with Grant Park Symphony (Cedille), The Golden Ticket with the Atlanta Opera (Albany Records), Diamorpha (Centaur) with the Bent Frequency Duo Project and Citizens of Nowhere, a CD of works written for clarinet and saxophone (Albany Records). Dr. Baker is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Georgia State University and holds a Doctor of Music degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University. She is an endorsed Selmer Paris and Vandoren performing artist.

Atlanta-based saxophonist Brandyn Taylor (tenor saxophone) is the private lessons coordinator and assistant director of marching band at the Wesleyan School, and a member of the 116th United States Army Band. In addition to mentoring a thriving private studio of students from across the metropolitan region, he has been an instructor of saxophone at Georgia State University and Georgia Southern University and is in demand as a clinician throughout the state. Brandyn has performed with the Atlanta Ballet, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Saxophone Quartet, Bent Frequency, Terminus Ensemble, and Chamber Cartel. Since 2012, he has been an active jazz and commercial recording artist in the Atlanta area, having been featured on singer-songwriter Ellis Paul's most recent album, "Chasing Beauty," as well as several commercial recordings with Brandon Bush of the band Sugarland. He made his Nashville recording debut in the summer of 2014 with the band RYE. Brandyn holds degrees in music performance from Columbus State University and Georgia State University. His primary teachers include Dr. Alexander Pershounin, Dr. Jan Berry Baker, and additional studies with Dr. Frederick Hemke, Joseph Lulloff , and Mace Hibbard. Brandyn is a Vandoren Regional Artist.

Gary Paulo (baritone saxophone) is a graduate of Indiana University where he received a BM in classical saxophone performance while studying with saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. When he returned home in 2001 he was in high demand as a teacher and performer in the Atlanta area. He has worked teaching clinics and master classes at many of the wonderful school band programs in the metro Atlanta area and is currently on staff with the Lassiter High School Band program, teaching marching and winds. He was the adjunct saxophone instructor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham during the 2004-2005 school term before starting his master's degree in 2006. Beginning in 2010 he joined the faculty at Emory University as the artist Affiliate for saxophone. Gary has performed for many great audiences with national touring acts, spanning many genres of music. His performance credits include the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Zac Brown Band, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, The Temptations, the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, the Joe Gransden Big Band, and the Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra. In addition, he has toured internationally with the AJ Ghent Band and performed at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Joe Louis Arena, the Southern Ground Music Festival in Nashville and Charleston, BB Kings in Times Square, and Memphis, and the Hard Rock Casino and Resort in the Dominican Republic. Gary also performs in "the horn band of Atlanta - Bumpin' the Mango", the Atlanta Saxophone Quartet, and the Cobb Wind Symphony. In 2008 he completed a Masters in Music Performance from Georgia State University, and in 2010 he studied with composer Christian Lauba and saxophonist Richard Ducros in Estoril, Portugal at the Estoril Music Festival. Gary is a D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Method Clinician.

Georgia Guitar Quartet
Sunday, December 10, 2017 • 4:00pm in the Center Theater
Georgia Guitar Quartet

The Georgia Guitar Quartet is a pioneering ensemble on the American chamber music and classical guitar scenes. These four musicians from the southeastern United States deliver a high-energy blend of breathtaking virtuosity and imaginative programming while taking an adventurous approach to classical music. Borrowing from both the past and present, the GGQ draws inspiration from the ever-evolving palette of music that has influenced them: classical masters such as Bach and Brahms, experimentalists in the vein of Cage and Stockhausen, and contemporary rock icons like Led Zeppelin and Radiohead. Audiences at a GGQ concert experience an exciting musical journey through an expansive array of genres, continents, and time periods.

Accomplished composers themselves, the Quartet members frequently incorporate their own unique works into their dynamic concert programs. The incredible range and interactive spontaneity of a performance by the GGQ continually leaves audiences with something to remember, resulting in a thrilling new way to experience chamber music in the 21st century.

Formed in 1996 and hailing from Athens, Georgia, the Quartet performs throughout the nation in venues ranging from concert halls to popular music clubs. Recent concert highlights include performances in New York, Los Angeles, and a performance of Rodrigo's Concierto Andaluz with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. The GGQ has been featured on American Public Media's Performance Today on dozens of occasions. This radio broadcast is heard by over a million people across America each week. Their recent performance in Greenville, SC was heard by an audience of ten thousand people. Their five albums have each been critically acclaimed and include many of their own arrangements and original compositions.

Several notable composers have dedicated new works to the GGQ, including Russian composer Nikita Koshkin, whose Suite for Four Guitars quickly became an audience favorite. The group has collaborated with modern dance groups and visual artists to produce multimedia performances and has recently embarked on a new collaboration with lyric baritone Robert Sims. With Sims, the GGQ adds American spirituals, blues, German art song, and rousing show tunes to its repertoire, with works by Bob Dylan, Franz Schubert, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin.