2016 Summer Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary

2016 Summer Festival - August 7-21, 2016

Opera, Cabaret, Chamber Music, Keyboard Recitals, Orchestra

Madison & Morristown, New Jersey

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season with a 1920s theme.   

The festival opens with a concert presentation of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.   The score has been edited by Maestro Robert W. Butts with the help of tenor Kevin Peters and soprano Timothy Maureen Cole.  It will be sung in Italian, narrated in English.   In keeping with the orchestra's 20th Anniversary celeberation, the story will be updated to the 1920s - Count Almaviva becomes Senator Almaviva.   Figaro is his campaign manager.   Don Basilio is the country's leading advocate for music and the arts.    The cast stars Dominika Zamara, Aiden Kim, Timothy Maureen Cole, Teresa Giardina, Jason Adamo, Don Kalbach, Kim Lewis, Hanne Ladefoged Dollase, and Kevin Peters..  The fun starts at 3:00 PM, Sunday August 7, 2016 at Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey.   Tickets for this performance are: Adults - $40, Seniors - $30, Students (under 22 with ID) - $5

The Password is "Music."  The popular BONJ 1920s Speakeasy Cabaret will open Saturday evening August 13 at 7:30 PM.   The 1920s is the theme. Singers Timothy Maureen Cole, Emily Thompson, Lisa Maria Johnston, and others will present songs of the 1920s (and 1930s) by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and others.  Seating is limited and in cabaret style.  Some light refreshments will be available.  The cabaret will be at Grace  Hall, Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave., (Route 124), Madison, New Jersey.   Patrons are encouraged to arrive early as doors open at 7:00 PM and are welcome to bring their own drink and food while enjoying the visit to the Speakeasy. .   All tickets are $25.

The 2016 Chamber Music Celebration will be held Sunday August 14 at 3:00 PM at Grace Church.  Artists and program are still in development.   Andrew Pecota will bring his trio to perform Baroque and Classical music as well as the Festival premiere of Five Course Dinner for Three composed by Maestro Robert W. Butts  All tickets to the concert are $20.

A week of keyboard recitals will be held at Grace Church at 12:15 Monday-Friday August 8-12.   These afternoon delights are under the direction of Dr. Anne Matlack.  Admission is by donation.   A light lunch with the artists is available for purchase following the recitals, $6 by Chef Loryn.   For more information and full schedule of performers and programs

The festival closes on Sunday August 21, 3:00 PM at Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth.    The orchestra will feature two winners of the 2016 Pearl & Julius Young Competition.  Cellist Chase Park will be soloist for Franz Joseph Haydn's Cello Concerto #1 in C.   Saxophonist Thomas Kurtz will be soloist for the world premiere of Ripples and Reflections by Maestro Robert W. Buttts, dedicated to the memory of his brother Tom.   Other works on the program will be announced shortly.       Tickets for this performance are: Adults - $40, Seniors - $30, Students (under 22 with ID) - $5

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