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The Atlanta Community Symphony Presents Maestro Juan R. Ramírez’ Farewell Season

Juan R. Ramírez, whose tireless leadership and artistic vision helped usher the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra into the 21st century, is retiring after 19 seasons as Artistic Director & Conductor.

Under his baton, the ACSO hosted dozens of concerts, including the Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Atlanta Music Club in 2015 and the ACSO’s 50thanniversary Gala Concert in 2008. Mr. Ramírez has made a special commitment to the annual Ruth Kern Young Artist’s Concerto Competition, supporting and nurturing young musicians in the Atlanta community and beyond. “What drives me is the love of music, for the art of music,” says Mr. Ramirez. During his nearly two decades with the orchestra, he has showcased music by Latino and Jewish artists and provided a platform for newly composed works, including his own.

Mr. Ramírez has spent much of his career enriching the Atlanta music scene. In addition to the Artistic Director & Conductor of the ACSO, he is a celebrated violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a composer, and Founder and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc. Under the auspices of this Foundation, he founded the Buckhead Youth Orchestra, Casa de la Cultura-Atlanta and Music for Success! – an educational program which provides string training by professional musicians to elementary and middle school children of many backgrounds.

Of his work with the ACSO and Buckhead Youth Orchestra, Mr. Ramirez says, “Every member of both orchestras likes to enjoy music and whatever level they have, they want to learn and appreciate good music.” He has led the ACSO in bringing that enjoyment of music to the Atlanta community.

Because of his tireless activism and deep commitment to the community, Mr. Ramírez has won numerous awards and honors, including Lexus Leader of the Arts by WABE Public Radio of Atlanta and WPBA Television for “his outstanding contributions, his pursuit of excellence in music and for his initiating and serving several community music organizations in the arts community”, the Loridans Arts Award, the Governor’s Award in the Humanities, and recently the 2018 Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service. “Music is a gift that I feel everybody should be involved in,” says Mr. Ramirez.

Members of the orchestra and the Governing Board will miss Mr. Ramírez for his leadership, generosity, and outstanding commitment to the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra. While he is retiring from the ACSO, he will continue to volunteer with young people in underserved communities, compose, and is planning a cookbook highlighting his other passion – chili peppers and delicious salsas. We wish him a relaxing retirement filled with beautiful music.