MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey (BONJ)—Baroque and Beyond, will launch its 20th anniversary celebration season in an amazing array of international talent, beginning at 3 p.m., Sunday, November 1, at Dolan Hall, Annunciation Center, College of Saint Elizabeth..
Featured soloists will be the young and celebrated violinist Miranda Liu, a winner in BONJ’s 2015 Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition for classical instrumentalists, classical guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz of Princeton, and soprano Maria Alu.
Ms. Liu will perform The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi. Vivaldi composed his set of four concerti, The Four Seasons, in 1729. “They remain among the most original and popular compositions of all times,” said Dr. Robert W. Butts, founder, conductor and music director of the Orchestra.
Mr. Alexandrowicz will play Concierto de Aranjuez, by Joaquin Rodrigo. Rodrigo was one of the most important Spanish composers of the 20th century. “This piece, composed in 1939, has been a favorite of both guitarists and audiences since it was first performed,” commented Dr. Butts.
Ms. Liu, who has been performing since she was three years old, has pursued musical studies at the Liszt Academy of Music since 2013 as a scholarship recipient. She is traveling to the United States specifically to perform in this concert. Ms. Liu has performed in hundreds of concerts as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Austria, Germany and Hungary as well as on concert stages in many of the European venues.
Her solo performances have been televised and/or broadcast in the U.S.A., Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Belgium and the Czech Republic.
Mr. Alexandrowicz has appeared several times this past season with the BONJ Orchestra, premiering Dr. Butts’ Serenade for Early Morning. This past September, he presented the London premiere of the work at the Schott Recital Hall. He is internationally renowned for his thrilling virtuosity, poetic interpretations, and refined musicality. In addition to his command of the instrument’s standard repertoire, he has premiered and commissioned more than 100 works by composers from Europe, Asia, the United States, Cuba and Latin America.
He is currently Music Director of The Classical Music Society of New York and is professor of guitar at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).
Soprano Maria Alu, now in residence in North Carolina, has performed many times with the Orchestra and is an audience favorite. She will sing Nulla en mondo pax sincera, a cantata by Antonio Vivaldi, edited by Dr. Butts. Ms. Alu has sung roles in productions, oratorios and recitals around the New York/New Jersey area as well as across the country. Among her many outstanding appearances with the Orchestra were her unforgettable performances as Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare and The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. In Baroque repertoire, she excelled in the virtuosic showpiece cantata, Jauchzett Gott in Allen Landen, by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Dr. Robert W. Butts, of Madison, founded the Orchestra in 1996. He has been the only conductor and music director of the Orchestra since that time. Originally, the Orchestra specialized in the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries—the Baroque Classical eras. The Orchestra now performs a wide variety of symphonic, chamber and operatic classical music from all periods. This past season, BONJ—Baroque and Beyond—has been pleased to premiere new music by contemporary composers.
For tickets and more information, visit the Orchestra’s web site, www.baroqueorchestra.org; by calling the office, 973-366-8922; or at the door the day of the concert.