THE ARTS COUNCIL HONORS ATLANTA SYMPHONY’S CONDUCTOR JERE FLINT
“I am not afraid to make a fool of myself,” says Conductor Jere Flint. “I enjoy it.” But even though Mr. Flint is known for his comedic flair — dressing like wizards and ghosts of dead composers at Haunted Halloween family concerts to “busting-a-move” illustrating syncopation to young children, bopping along to orchestrations of Beach Boys favorites and rocking out on his cello — by no means has he taken his job lightly.
Flint joined the ASO (IN THE 1970S), which at the time was a part-time orchestra, with musicians who worked in a number of professions. When it became full-time, people had to start making decisions about whether or not to stay. Flint chose to stay.
“To be part of the growth was fabulous,” says Flint. “I was forced to learn along with everybody else about building a major orchestra, what it entailed. There was real promise on the horizon.”
“I tried to get the audience to enjoy themselves,” explains Flint. “This is the basic thing. All music may not at first be ‘enjoyable,’ but it’s thought provoking. There’s a place for deep art and there’s a place for light art, just as there are places for humorous art and sad art.” And whatever type of art is being performed, there are always new things for conductors and children to learn.
“Jere’s commitment to the ASO over the years has been extraordinary,” said Allison Vulgamore, ASO President and CEO. “No matter which hat he wears for the ASO, he always performs with great dedication, professionalism and good humor.”
Jere Flint retires at the end of this performing season and will grace the stage in Gainesville, Georgia on June 20th kicking off The Arts Council’s 2014 Summer MusicFest. “Jere has graced our audiences with his brilliance for several years; each time bringing them to their feet with appreciation. We are honored that he has decided to perform one of his last concerts for our patrons,” says Gladys Wyant, Director of The Arts Council, Inc.
THE ARTS COUNCIL SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER: The Atlanta Symphony’s outdoor performance will take place on June 20th at 8pm. Our gates will open at 6pm for picnicker. All are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and beverages of choice…or reserve tables up-front! For tickets call 770.534.2787 or visit www.TheArtsCouncil.net/aso.html