Maestro Butts is excited to be offering two talks on American music at The Bernards Township Library, 32 South Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Tuesday, August 8, 7:00-8:00 PM - George Gershwin - for more information, click here
Thursday, August 24, 7:00-8:00 PM - Leonard Bernstein - for more information, click here
"George Gershwin was the first American composer to win international acclaim," Maestro Butts explained. "His orchestral works are still performed frequently after almost 100 years. His songs are a major part of The Great American Songbook. With his brother Ira, George Gershwin developed the Broadway Musical, film, and American Opera."
"Leonard Bernstein was perhaps the most important person in the development of American music," Maestro Butts added. "He was one of the few to have great influence as both conductor and composer, to also bring music to the world through his writings, lectures, and media appearances. Like Gershwin, Bernstein left a lasting compositional legacy in both the popular and concert worlds."
Both talks are free and in-person.
Maestro Butts conducts George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, featuring soloist Paul Zeigler.