BONJ NYCMS Artists In London
By Anne Plaut
Each week, the international reputation of Dr. Robert W. Butts, founder, music director and conductor of The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, seems to take giant steps forward. His latest announcement is that one of his compositions will be performed in London, marking his compositional debut in England. coup comes as he has been invited to conduct his original composition for the classical guitar, Early Morning Suite. Performing Early Morning Suite, will be Dr. Stanley Alexandrowicz, of Princeton. Dr. Alexandrowicz premiered composition on August 8, 2015 at the BONJ Summer Music Festival Chamber Music Celebration at Grace Church in Madison, NJ.
The London presentation will take place Friday, September 4, 7:00 PM, at Schott Recital Hall, 48 Great Marlborough Street. The concert is organized by The New York Classical Music Society (NYCMS - Lynn Czae, President).
Dr. Butts’ composition is being included as part of the UK debut for both Dr. Alexandrowicz and soprano Dominika Zamara, a Polish-born virtuoso, who now lives in Padua, Italy. Their London debut will celebrate the release of their first CD together, Ivan Padovec: Works for Guitar and Soprano.
Ms. Zamara will be appearing, along with Dr. Alexandrowicz, at a gala BONJ event on Sept. 26 and 27 to celebrate the beginning of the Orchestra’s 20th anniversary season. Ms. Zamara will be appearing in the opera La Serva Padrona, by Giovanni Pergolesi. The gala will be held at the Bell and Barter Theatre, 10 Church Street, Rockaway, NJ. Dr. Butts conducted the opera, starring Ms. Zamara this past March when he made his Italian debut at Teatro San Domenica in Crema, Italy. Earlier in his career, he has conducted orchestras in Russia and Romania.
Maestro Butts has recently received notification that his first symphonic composition, The Joshua Symphony, has been named semi-finalist in the Professional Composition Division, sponsored by The American Prize. The Symphony was commissioned by the Plaut Family of Summit, NJ, in memory of their youngest son, Joshua. He has also received a semi-finalist citation for opera composition, awarded by the same group. He recently appeared as a Comcast Newsmaker for August in a program that will be aired soon. Two of his operas were heard at The National Opera Center in New York last January. Dr. Butts, Stanley Alexandrowicz and Dominka Zamara are also artists of The New York Classical Music Society. Also on the program will be the premiere of A Walk on Fort Island, composed for Dr. Alexandrowicz by NYCMS composer/artist Paul Wilkinson.
Dominika Zamara was born in Wroclaw (Poland). She appeared in many prestigious theaters and concert halls in all Europe and in some parts of USA. She collaborated with Polish Television during the Diamond of the Year Event (Lower Silesian Brilliant of The Year). Versatile as singer and actor, she has performed at the Vatican in Rome, at the Salzburg Mozart Festival, at the Warner Grand Theater in Los Angeles, at the historic Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, at Teatro Verdi in Padova, at the Venice Film Festival and Biennale festival. In addition to performing with Maestro Butts in Italy, Dominika sang with the orchestra at the 2014 BONJ Summer Music Festival. She has released CDs and is working on a CD with guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz. She has appeared frequently on Italian television and radio.
Classical Guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz is internationally renowned for his thrilling virtuosity, poetic interpretations, and refined musicality. In addition to his command of the instrument’s standard repertoire, he has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by composers from Europe, Asia, the United States, Cuba, and Latin America. A scholar and specialist in the field of 19th Century music, he often features unknown compositions by the Romantic guitar composer-virtuosi, playing on period instruments and revitalizing works which have lain dormant (often in manuscript form) for over a century. He has given lecture-recitals internationally on both Romantic and Contemporary music, including the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton – USA), and, the International Guitar Research Centre (University of Surrey – UK). Dr. Alexandrowicz is currently Artistic Director of the New York Classical Music Society (NYCMS), and Professor of Guitar at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). A world-renowned pedagogue and “master teacher” he is an expert on guitar ergonomics.
Paul WIlkinson is a composer, performer and music educator based in the north of England. He has lectured in piano and composition at Leeds Music College for the last 16 years. Recent compositions include, 24 preludes for solo piano, a Symphony, Airedale Seasons, Cello Concerto and Piano Concerto. Paul is currently working on a number of orchestral pieces including his 2nd Symphony. Paul has also composed music for the BBC young artists forum. Paul and his wife Sarah Wilkinson have written a children’s musical entitled Back to Normal which had its debut performance in London’s West End. A Walk on Fort Island was composed whilst away in the Isle Of Man. The music was inspired by a visit to St Michaels Island (Fort Island). I was captivated by its darkness and beauty.