Exploring Beethoven - BONJ 2017-2018 Season

  • BONJ 2017-2018 Season - Exploring Beethoven
    BONJ 2017-2018 Season - Exploring Beethoven

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Perhaps the most influential of all orchestra composers was Ludwig van Beethoven.   As the 250th Anniversary of his birth approaches in 2020, The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey will focus on the music of Beethoven - who influenced Beethoven and who was influenced by Beethoven.   Along the way, works of Beethoven's contemporaries will be featured as well as those of composers before and after Beethoven.

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey opens its 2017-2018 Season on November 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM with a concert featuring the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms - the Romantic Era composer most impacted by Beethoven.   Beethoven's work will be the innovative Symphony #2. Though influenced by other symphonists, Beethoven's 2nd explores new sound worlds and thematic ideas with an energy that bursts from every measure.   Brahms long felt himself to be composing in Beethoven's shadow, but quickly developed a style all his own.   BONJ is thrilled to welcome internationally renowed violinist and recording artist Sungsic Yang who will perform Brahms's passionate Violin Concerto.  Also on the program is the world premiere of Scarlattiana, composed by Maestro Robert W. Butts based on themes from Alessandro Scarlatti's La Giuditta. The work was commissioned by the AMN Foundation.  The concert will be at Dolan Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey.  Click here to purchase tickets.

On January 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM, the orchestra explores a variety of works ranging from the 18th through the 21st century.   Continuing the orchestra's unique identification with new music, Maestro Butts will lead the ensemble in the World Premiere of Ricordi di una vita, a work for strings composed by legendary Vatican composer Marco Frisina.   The orchestra is excited to welcome extraordinary harpist Merynda Adams who will perform a Concerto for Harp by Beethoven's contemporary Georg Wagenseil and Morceau de Concert by Romantic era composer Camille Saint-Saens.    The orchestra's Beethoven journey will continue with the composer's Piano Concerto #3 with pianst Paul Zeigler.    The concert will be at Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue (Route 124), Madison, New Jersey.  Click here to purchase tickets

On April 15, 2018 at 3:00 PM, BONJ presents the music of the Classical Era's greatest composers - Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.   Beethoven's works include the challenging Consecration of the House and the popular Symphony #7.   Mozart's genius can be heard in his Sinfonia Concertante, featuring BONJ Concertmaster Agnes KwasniewskaThe concert will be at Dolan Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey. Click here to purchase tickets. 

The season concludes on June 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM with the season's biggest concert.  Beethoven will be represented by perhaps his least known works - a set of contradanses composed for the Viennese balls.   Beethoven's mentor Franz Josef Haydn was the first great symphonist.  The orchestra will present Haydn's spirited Symphony #82.  The large work will be Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff's exciting Piano Concerto #1, with special guest pianist Hyunjin Cho. The concert will be at Dolan Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey. Click here to purchase tickets. 

A season Subscription is also available for Adults $130 - Seniors $100

Thank you to all who have purchased tickets since the season was announced in May 2017.   

Programs subject to change.

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