Saturday, November 11, 2017

Beethoven + Brahms + Mozart + Haydn = BONJ 2017/2018 Season

Exploring Beethoven

WHEN: November 12, January 14, April 15, and June 3. All concerts start at 3:00 PM
Concerts of November 12, April 15, and June 3 will be at Dolan Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey.   Concert of January 14 will be at Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue (Route 124), Madison, New Jersey.
TICKETS: Adults: $40, Seniors $30, Students (under 22, with ID): $5. Season Subscription: Adults: $130, Seniors: $100
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Perhaps the most influential of all orchestra composers was Ludwig van Beethoven.   As the 250th Anniversary of his birth approaches in 2020, The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey will focus on the music of Beethoven: Who influenced Beethoven and who was influenced by Beethoven.

Along the way, works of Beethoven's contemporaries will be featured as well as those of composers before and after Beethoven.

The exciting season opens November 12, 2017 featuring Beethoven's spirited Symphony #2.  The other major work is the Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms, perhaps the composer who most felt himself in Beethoven's shadow.   Performing the concerto will be internationally renowned Korean violinist Sung Sic Yang, sponsored by The New York Classical Music Society.   Also on the program will be Scarlattiana, a world premiere composition by Maestro Robert W. Butts, commissioned by the AMN Foundation based on Alessandro Scarlatti's oratorio La Giuditta.

On January 14, 2018, the orchestra welcomes back pianist Paul Ziegler who will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto #3.   An extra guest for this concert is magnificent harpist Merynda Adams playing Morceau de Concert by Camille Saint-Saens and Concerto for Harp by Beethoven contemporary Georg Wagenseil.  Also on the program will be the world premiere of Recondita di una vita by famed Vatican composer Monsignor Marco Frisina.  

On April 15, 2018, the orchestra explores the music of two of music's greatest composers - Beethoven and Mozart.   Beethoven's innovative Consecration of the House will open the concert and his popular Symphony #7 will close the concert.  In between will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's thrilling Sinfonia Concertante featuring BONJ concertmaster Agnes Kwasniewska.

The season ends June 3, 2018.  Beethoven will be represented with music not often associated with the composer - popular dance tunes!   Beethoven wrote several sets of contradanses for the Viennese balls.  BONJ will play several of them.  Also on the program will be Symphony #82 by Franz Josef Haydn - Beethoven's symphonic mentor.   The concert and season will explode with Sergei Rachmaninoff's powerful Piano Concerto #1 with pianist Hyunjin Cho.