- 2017 Summer Music Festival
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violinist Agnes Kwasniewska, born in Poznan, Poland, has been a vital part of the BONJ sound for several years. She has served as an inspiring concert-master since 2009 and has appeared as ensemble soloist in concerti by Vivaldi, Reicha, Bach, Corelli and Dittersdorf. She has received high praise for these performances by critics and educators such as E. Michael Markwis (“I’ve seen a different side of Bach…it gave me goose bumps!”) and Sheila Abrams who commented not only on her virtuosic playing, but also on her ability to discover and successfully perform works too rarely heard by composers such as Johann Reicha and Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf. Describing her performance of Vivaldi, BONJ Advisory Committee Member Jon Plaut said, “It was as if a spark had been struck and an exciting fire just took hold and lit up the entire piece.”
While residing in Hong Kong, Agnes was a founding member of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in 1999. She remains an active guest artist with the ensemble.The renowned conductors with whom she’s worked include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, John Rutter and Henryk Gorecki. Agnes has appeared at Carnegie Hall, New York; The Art Center in Seoul, Korea; The Art Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Papal Hall, Vatican City, and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. She has recorded with Koch, BBC, and NAXOS. She serves on the faculty of the United Nations International School in New York and teaches at her private studios in Manhattan and Madison.
Laura Ferraro performs on both modern and Baroque flutes. She has served as Principal Flutist for BONJ since 2016. She most recently was soloist on the memorable performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2. She performs frequently with the Fieldstong Ensemble. With the ensemble, in 2016 Laura premiered Five Course Dinner for Three by Robert W. Butts
Violist Heather Faust joined BONJ in Fall 2016 and currently serves as Principal Violist. She is also principal violist with several other orchestras in New Jersey. She also performs as principal with several opera companies, most recently for a spectacular performance of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Light Opera of New Jersey, in colloboration with Maestro Butts and BONJ.
BONJ Chamber Music Celebration
August 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Grace Church, Madison, NJ
Festival Pass Available: $75 - click BUY TICKETS above