Dr. Butts Interviewed as COMCAST Newsmaker,
Discussing BONJ, 20th Anniversary
by Anne Plaut
Dr. Robert W. Butts, founder, conductor and Music Director of The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, has been named a COMCAST Newsmaker and recently was taped in a segment, conducted by Television host and commentator Jill Horner. Watch the video here.
COMCAST Newsmakers is a local news platform featuring community leaders & elected officials discussing current events and issues.
During the interview, Dr. Butts discussed many aspects of the Orchestra, including its upcoming 20th anniversary season; the Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition, which the Orchestra sponsors annually for young instrumental musicians; the Orchestra’s Outreach Program, where it presents programs to retirement homes, nursing homes, area houses of worship; and the upcoming November 1 concert, which will inaugurate the anniversary season.
He also noted that although the Orchestra was founded in 1996, featuring Baroque music, it now plays music from all periods, including Classical, Romantic and Modern. At the November 1 concert, which will be held at Dolan Hall, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, an international cast will be featured including cellist Miranda Liu, who is traveling from Budapest where she is studying; classical guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz; and soprano Maria Alu, who is located in New York City and Raleigh/Durham, NC. Music from several classical periods will be featured at that concert.
During the interview, Dr. Butts emphasized the increasingly international representation of performers who will be appearing with the Orchestra during the 2015-16 season, including musicians from Moscow, Italy and Korea. He touched upon his own career as a composer, a repertoire that includes a recently-premiered Symphony, operas, tone poems and concertos for several orchestral instruments.