"Celebrating Romanticism" is the theme of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey's May 2 concert, to be presented at 3 p.m. in Dolan Hall at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown.
The concert will feature Symphony #7, by Ludwig van Beethoven, and the Ruckert Lieder, by Gustav Mahler.
In Beethoven's own time, no work of his was nearly as popular as his dynamic Symphony #7, performed by orchestras everywhere immediately after its Viennese premiere in 1814.
Interpreting the beautiful set of Mahler's songs will be Danish mezzo Hanne Ladefoged-Dollase. At home on the concert and operatic stages and in all styles, Ms. Ladefoged-Dollase has appeared at Carnegie Hall with St. Cecilia Chorus as well as with Ars Musica Chorale, the Oratorio Society of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Repertory Opera. She is currently on the voice faculty of Ridgewood Conservatory.
The concert will also feature Saraswathi Shukla of Princeton, winner of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey's recent Pearl and Julius Young Rising Stars competition for young musicians. She will play the Harpsichord Concerto in A, by Johann Sebastian Bach. Ms. Shukla, a sophomore at Princeton University, has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.
Dr. Robert W. Butts, artistic director and conductor of the Orchestra, commented: "Pairing Beethoven and Mahler on the same program provides an exciting look into early and late Romanticism. Beethoven's Seventh Symphony is filled with incredible energy and the youthful spirit of newborn romanticism. Mahler's Ruckert Lieder are beautiful evocations of the twilight years of romantic sensuality, filled with sentimental nostalgia and warmth. Hearing them together provides the perfect romantic afternoon."
Tickets for the concert are priced at $25, adults; $20, seniors; and $5, students with proper I.D. They can be reserved by calling 973-366-8922, or purchased at the door.