Meet Maestro Robert Butts, whose creative energies are a driving force behind the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.
Conductor and Music Director Robert Butts is the founder of the The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. He has led the Orchestra's development from a Baroque ensemble to an orchestra that plays a wide variety of the classical and operatic musical repertoire. Since 2006 he has been the Artistic Director of the BONJ Summer Music Festival held in Madison, New Jersey every August.
Maestro Butts was named a finalist for the 2013 American Prize in opera Conducting for the performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute at the 2012 BONJ Summer Music Festival. Please enjoy a few highlights from that performance.
Other conducting appearances have included performances featuring The New Jersey Symphony, The Plainfield Symphony, The Society of Musical Arts Orchestra, Harmonium Choral Society, the Oratorio Singers and the Masterwork Chorus. Maestro Butts has been a regular guest conductor with orchestra and opera companies in Eastern Europe.
Lecturer and Educator
Dr. Butts is also a popular lecturer throughout New Jersey on a variety of musical topics. He lectures frequently for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. He currently teaches at Montclair State University and at The College of Saint Elizabeth, and has taught at Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the County College of Morris. He has presented special talks for New Jersey State Opera, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, The State Theater, NJPAC and at libraries, retirement communities and museums across the state. With BONJ, he has developed the innovative television series Concerts and Conversations.
Now you can enjoy the excitement of Concerts and Conversations with Dr. Butts in your home! He has recently developed a series of courses and individual lectures that can be designed to fit your needs and interests. Before attending the next performance of Wagner's Ring Cycle, enjoy an in-depth discussion with excerpts on an evening of your choosing. Or enjoy a series on the history of bel canto opera with your friends on a series of Wednesday mornings. Or explore the music of Mozart with your family on Sunday evenings. Please visit his website www.robertbutts.com for further information on enjoying this exciting series in the comfort of your home at a time that works for you.
Combining his conducting and lecturing talents, Maestro Butts has developed a series for cable television broadcast entitled "Concerts and Conversations". These programs include a lecture on a specific composition with audio/video excerpts, followed by a complete performance.
For more information about Maestro Butts, you are invited to visit his website.