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Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey Plans Two Innovative Concerts In June At Grace Church, Madison

Dr. Robert W. Butts, conductor and artistic director of The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, has announced two innovative concerts, scheduled for June 11 and 12 in nearby Madison.

The June 11 concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m. will be held at Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue, Madison. Featured on the program will be the Arioso Consorte, playing period instruments, with works by Wihelm Friedmann Bach, second child and eldest son of J.S. Bach; and Niccolo Jommelli. Margaret Walker, flutist, and Nancy Connell, cellist, will play Jet Whistle, by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos.

As a special feature, Musicians of the Orchestra will play Five Poems for Mixed Consort, composed by Maestro Butts, inspired by the poems of Emily Dickinson.

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Tickets for this performance are priced at $15/$10/$5/Adults/Seniors/Students under 22 with ID.

CANALETTO’S VENICE is the title of the Sunday, June 12, concert, beginning at 3 p.m., also at Grace Church. Featured on the program will be the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Claudio Monteverdi, Tomasso Albinoni, Benedetto and Alessandro Marcello, and Salomone Rossi.

Venice had been famed for its musical excellence long before Claudio Monteverdi became maestro at La Basilica de San Marco. The Orchestra will play selections from Monteverdi’s operas and sacred compositions. Oboist Nancy Vanderslice will add her talents to the interpretation of one of Albinoni’s many great works for oboe and orchestra. The concert will also feature some of Albinoni’s orchestral music, edited from the original manuscripts by Maestro Butts.

Benedetto and Alessandro Marcello were brothers of one of Venice’s most respected noble families. Their music is in the style of their great contemporary, Antonio Vivaldi. The final composer represented on the program will be Salomone Rossi, a contemporary of Claudio Monteverdi. Rossi’s music has its own distinctive sound, reflecting his Jewish faith and the large amounts of music he composed for Hebrew services.

Commenting on the diverse aspects of this concert, Maestro Butts said: “The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey returns to its Baroque roots with a concert dedicated to the composers who made Venice the center of musical excellence in the 17th and 18th centuries—a time when the great artist Canaletto was painting his unforgettable images of that beautiful city.”

Tickets for this concert are priced at $35/$25/$5/Adults/Seniors/Students under 22 with ID.

For further information about both concerts, please call: 973-366-8922 or visit the Orchestra’s website,

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