Celil Refik Kaya, a classical guitarist, will premiere a work by well-known jazz and classical composer
Derwyn Holder on Sunday, August 12, at the opening concert for the annual Summer Music Festival of
The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. The concert, beginning at 3 p.m. in Dolan Hall, College of
Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, will feature, among others, some of the young winners
of the Pearl & Julius Young Rising Stars Competition, held each year in March to encourage classical
instrumentalists between the ages of 16-22.
Celil, who was born in Istanbul, Turkey, was the second place winner in this year’s competition, when he
played Folios, by Roberto Sierra. His prize was a $500 cash award. He won second prize in 2004 at the
age of 13 in the Forum Gitarre Wien International Classical Guitar Competition in Vienna, Austria. He
will premiere Derwyn Holder’s Guitar Concerto at this Summer Music Festival concert.
More than 35 of Mr. Holder’s compositions have been performed and recorded in the United States and
Europe. During his jazz career, he has appeared in New York at the Blue Note, Birdland, Sweet Basil and
Visiones. He has also appeared in numerous venues in Washington, D.C. and Berlin, Germany.
He began his career as a classical composer with his first performed work, String Quartet No. 1 being
included in the International Music Festival, held in Washington, D.C. This was followed by other
compositions which were performed in the United States, Europe and South America.
Mr. Holder has appeared with a broad spectrum of recording jazz artists including Buddy Tate, Billy
Eckstine, Kenny Davern, Cassandra Wilson, Charlie Byrd, Clark Terry and Art Monroe.
Other features of the concert are: Young classical artists, winners of Pearl & Julius Young ‘Rising
Stars’ Music Competition, including:
Alex Bickard, double bassist, winner of the 2012 Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition,
playing Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s Concerto for Double Bass
Jessica Smith, clarinetist, third prize winner in the 2011 competition, playing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet.
Renowned recorder player John Burkhalter, a participant in previous years’ Festivals, playing Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Recorder.
When viewed in its entirety, this concert is jam-packed with outstanding compositions by fabled artists performed by talented and experienced musicians. It looks as if it will be one of the highlights of the 2012 Summer Music Festival, presented by The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.
Tickets for this concert are priced at $35/$25/$5/Adults/Seniors/Students under 22 with ID. They can be purchased online by visiting the Orchestra’s web site, www.baroqueorchestra.org or by calling 973-366-8922. They can also be bought at the door the day of the concert.
Young Classical Guitarist Will Premiere New Work by Derwyn Holder, Composer in the Jazz And Classical Genres at BONJ Summer Music Festival
July 10, 2012 at 7:12 PM
July 10, 2012 at 7:12 PM