Performance and Masterclass by the Dali Quartet

In collaboration between Franklin Pond and the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber Players (ASYOCP), the Dali Quartet gave a short performance on stage in Symphony Hall on Saturday, November 17, then worked with two of our groups playing the Matz cello quartet and the Ravel “Introduction and Allegro”. It was a mutual admiration day. The audience of about 60 students and parents enjoyed the Dali performance which included a quartet composed by ASO violinist Juan Ramirez. The Quartet members were very impressed with our students, who played beautifully.

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Children’s Concert in Spivey Hall

On Wednesday, October 24, the Franklin Pond Players and 3 alumni (well, 4 including the Sarah Park Chastain) played a Children’s Concert in Spivey Hall. Jun-Ching Lin emceed the whole thing and the audience was wonderfully attentive the whole time. Jun-Ching and Carolyn Hancock were joined by Sarah Chastain and Barney Culver in the professional quartet. Nicholas Lin and his dad played a movement of a Brahms sonata and Jordan Leslie and Evan Nicholson awed the audience with a showy duo. We love doing these student/professional collaborative concerts!

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Insider’s Evening

The first Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Insider’s Evening took place on Tuesday, October 9 at a gorgeous home in Buckhead. Jun-Ching Lin and his son, Nicholas played a movement of a Brahms Violin Sonata. What a fabulous duo! Then the Franklin Pond Quartet (Jun-Ching, Carolyn Hancock, Paul Murphy and Danny Laufer) played Gershwin Lullaby and Haydn (“Frog Quartet” of course!). What a wonderfully inspiring evening. THANK YOU all!

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City Springs Festival

The Prokofiev quartet and Mozart quintet groups played very well and made us proud at the City Springs Festival (Saturday, August 11). Wish we could have tried out the big hall (much better acoustics), but we were glad to be part of the celebration. What a beautiful building and city center to represent our city!

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Summer Finale Concert

Our Summer Finale Concert was on Sunday, July 29. “I was very proud of all the kids. They worked very hard and showed their best Sunday, as well as the three Community Concerts they played last week. Seeing these kids grow musically and technically, and particularly seeing them grow personally, is food for the heart. I love these kids!”
-Ronda Respess
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Franklin Pond Students Visit a Recording Studio

We had the pleasure of visiting Bill Allgood’s new recording studio where each group was recorded and got to listen to themselves. Quite an eye-opener! After a snack provided lovingly by Gloria (his wife and Associate Principal Bassist of the ASO), we all piled into the control room where Bill showed them some of the ins and outs of recording. It was a great opportunity for all. THANK you, Bill Allgood and Gloria. This is just one of the great opportunities Franklin Pond kids have. Join us during the year for Fall Into Spring and experience all the opportunities Franklin Pond provides!

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Masterclass with Tom Key

Tom Key, Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit (next to the Rialto – easy parking & great shows) gave a FANTASTIC masterclass on Monday, July 2. The video below is just a snippet of some of the many things he did. Everyone learned a lot and we hope they will remember what they learned! The kids and Tom all had fun. It was the first full day Summer session and we were all pretty tired by 5:30.
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Ronda Respess featured in local newspaper!

Ronda Respess grew up in a musical family in New Jersey. Her mother was a pianist, her father a cellist. An aunt was a professional musician in Boston.
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Jun-Ching Lin Named as New Concertmaster of The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Big news for Franklin Pond faculty member, Jun-Ching Lin!
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Masterclass with Danny Laufer

Danny Laufer came to give a masterclass on Thursday, July 12. It’s always great to have him here.

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