A big thank you to Anne Abrams for her wonderful article in New Jersey's Out & About section of the Recorder Newspapers.
Abrams focused on the orchestra's successful tour of Venice/Padua and the January 14 Wassail Concert at Grace Church in Madison - featuring the premiere of Marco Frisina's beautiful I ricordi di una vita, and concertos by Wagenseil, Saint-Saens, and Beethoven with special guest soloists Merynda Adams and Paul Zeigler.
To quote Ms. Abrams:
"Not only did he [Maestro Butts], five instrumentalists, and a vocalist from the company travel to Venice and Padua for three performances, they have already been asked to return."
"[Harpist Merynda] Adams' nimble fingers danced along the strings in an intricate pas de deux with the orchestra."
"The intermission was followed by Beethoven's Piano Concerto #3, rich and resplendent in all one associates with Beethoven: pomp, drama, piano runs that, while sumptuous to the audience, must provoke fear in all but the most skilled pianists [in this concert Paul Zeigler]."
"The orchestra has continued to be a pivotal force for classical music in the region."
Maestro Butts was joined in Venice/Padua by BONJ concertmaster Agnes Kwasniewska, flautist Laura Ferraro, oboist Nancy Vanderslice, bassoonist Andrew Pecota, pianist Paul Zeigler, and tenor vocalist Kevin Peters, as well as by Italian soprano Dominika Zamara.
Out & About is published by The Recorder Community Newspapers, including papers throughout Northern and Central New Jersey. Depending on which edition, the article appeared January 24 or 25, 2018.