The Madison Historical Society will present Dr. Robert Butts speaking about “The History of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey” on Tuesday, October 20, 7 pm via Zoom. 

To join the Zoom presentation, please contact the Madison Historical Society at historicalsociety@rosenet.org or Box 148, Madison, N.J. 07940.

Dr. Butts has shared his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of music through his work as conductor, composer, educator, writer and lecturer.  He has conducted major orchestra and opera performances in New Jersey as well as guest appearances in Europe, most recently making his Italian debut in Crema with a performance of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona and the world premiere of his composition Saturnalia Strings

Maestro Butts received his MA in Musicology from the University of Iowa with a specialty in 17th and 18th century music.  He studied conducting at Juilliard with Maestro Vincent La Selva; received a DMA in conducting from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and attended master classes in Toronto, Canada and Berlin.  He currently teaches in the Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew University and at Montclair State University.  He lectures regularly for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.  His formidable list of awards and honors includes the 2019 Artist of the Year Award by the New York Classical Music Society; the 2019 Exemplary Leader Award from the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, the 2016 Tourism Award from the Morris County Tourism Bureau, the 2015 Comcast Newsmaker Award from Comcast, and the 2015 Honored Artist Award, The American Prize.