Presenting a wide variety of exciting classical music at affordable prices to the residents of New Jersey.
Opening doors to future audiences and young musicians by sponsoring a young musicians competition and free family concerts.
The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey (BONJ), founded by Conductor/Music Director Robert W. Butts in 1996, originally specialized in the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: the Baroque and Classical eras. The Orchestra now performs a wide variety of symphonic, chamber and operatic classical music from all periods. BONJ is proud to premiere new music by contemporary composers.
Initially performing at the historic Darress Theatre in Boonton, the Orchestra became the ensemble in residence at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison in 2002. In 2008, the BONJ moved to a beautiful new auditorium for its larger concerts, Dolan Hall in the Annunciation Center at the College of Saint Elizabeth, in Convent Station.
As part of its mission, the Orchestra inaugurated in March, 2003 its free annual Family Concert, produced to encourage young people and families to enjoy the orchestra concert experience. To encourage the development and recognition of classical music students, the BONJ sponsors the Pearl and Julius Young Rising Stars Music Competition. Winners of the competition, and other young musicians, are given the opportunity to play with the Baroque Orchestra.
In August of 2006, BONJ offered its first Summer Festival of Baroque Music at Grace Church in Madison. The Festival, which has become an annual event, offers a great variety of musical and related performances in the space of a week. Concerts are now performed at both Grace Church and Dolan Hall.
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