John Franek, a multi-talented musician and West Caldwell resident, will appear in concert with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 10, at the First Presbyterian Church, 326 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell. The concert is titled Past, Present, Eternal and will feature John performing Bach’s Concerto in F minor, as well as three of his own compositions. The Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Robert W. Butts, music director and conductor, will also perform Sinfonia from La Guiditta, by Alessandro Scarlatti.
John, a junior at Westminster Choir College, is double majoring in theory & composition and piano performance. His main instruments are piano and harpsichord, but he also plays the organ. John won first place in Westminster’s freshman piano competition in May, 2015; won the Andrew Philips Scholarship for his composition Our Something Sky; is the recipient of the 2016 Damien Dixon Scholarship; and was a finalist in the 2016 Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition, sponsored by The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey (BONJ).
An accomplished musician in many genres, John also plays the carillon, and presents a concert every Sunday during the school year in Princeton’s Cleveland Tower. He has composed several works, including symphonic, solo, piano, electroacoustic and concerto selections. Several of his works have been given performances, three of which will be presented at the July 10 concert.
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Under the tutelage of Phyllis Lehrer and Jay Kawarsky, both of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, John is giving piano concerts, composing and playing the carillon.
The concert will also include concertos for flute and bassoon by conductor/composer Dr. Butts.
Tickets for this concert are priced at $30 per person or $15 admission fee for all students. They may be purchased online by visiting baroqueorchestranj.org; by calling the office at 973-366-8922; or at the door the day of the concert.