Thursday, August 2, 2018


The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey 2018 Summer Festival

WHEN: August 6 through August 12
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Keyboard Recitals Information

Lunchtime Keyboard Recitals

WHEN: 12:15 pm, Monday-Friday August 6-10 
Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave. (Route 124) , Madison, NJ
TICKETS: Free Will Offering

The piano is featured as Dr. Anne Matlack and Grace Community Music present the popular keyboard recitals featuring the area's finest organists and pianists. Music by Johann Sebastian Bach is always on one or several recitals.

The 2018 BONJ Summer Music Festival Cabaret: Under The Boardwalk: The American Songbook 1945-1964 

WHEN:  Saturday, August 11.
Grace Hall in Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave. (Route 124), Madison, NJ.

The Golden Age of Broadway will be reflected in songs from West Side Story, Candide, The Music Man, and My Fair Lady.  There were great songs from films as well, such as Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's.  There were unforgettable songs in the pop, country, folk, and early rock-&-roll era.

Singers include Timothy Maureen Cole, Maria Alu, Kevin Peters, Don Sheasley, Tim Faulkner, Teresa Carlomagno and making her cabaret debut YuJung Bae representing the New York Classical Music Society.   Pianist John Pivarnik will be the accompanist.  Pianist J. Scott Sommerer will also play a few jazz standards.

Join BONJ vocalists and pianist John Pivarnik in an evening of great music.   BONJ will provide light drinks and snacks.   Patrons are welcome to bring their own refreshments as well to enjoy before and during the performance in true cabaret fashion.  Doors open at 7:00 PM - performance starts at 7:30 PM. 

Patrons are encouraged to come in 1950s style attire and get into the spirit of the times.

BONJ Summer Chamber Music Concert

WHEN: Sunday, August 12, at 3:00 PM.
Grace Hall in Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave. (Route 124), Madison, NJ.
TICKETS: $20 for adults ; $5 for Students (under 22 with ID)

The BONJ Chamber Players—Laura Ferraro(flute), Andrew Pecota(bassoon), Sariah Johnson (cello), and Cherwyn Ambuter(keyboard)—open the afternoon with Antonio Vivaldi's magical Sonata RV86.

Violinist Agnes Kwasniewska and pianist Paul Zeigler will treat the audience with the rare opportunity to hear an early violin gem: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber's Sonata #1 (The Annunciation Sonata) from a set knows as The Rosary Sonatas. These beautiful and influential compositions are challenging and rewarding landmarks in the history of violin composition.   They will then be joined by violist Effie Yuen for Mozart's delightful Kegelstadt Trio.

Bassist Roosevelt Porter and cellist Peter Howard will perform Rossini's  Duet for Cello and Double Bass, another rarely heard gem.  This will be dedicated to the memory of longtime BONJ bassist Norman Edge.

The Four Continents Quartet will perform movements from Beethoven's epic String Quartet Opus 18 #1.  Beethoven's String Quartets are the basis for all string players chamber music repertoire.  The Opus 18 set was Beethoven's first published work for this ensemble. 

The players of the Four Continents Quartet are Allen Weakland, Hany Rizkalla, Hui Aang and Peter Howard. First violinist, Allen Weakland, of both North American and North African (Algerian) heritage, has been an occasional Concertmaster of BONJ and the Astoria Symphony. He was a student of the renowned Samuel Applebaum, and of his son, Michael Tree, of the Guarneri Quartet.  Second violinist, Hany Rizkalla, of Egyptian heritage, is a staple of Manhattan orchestras, as well as of BONJ. Violist Hui Wang, of Chinese heritage, plays in multiple orchestras in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, and New Jersey, as does Peter Howard, BONJ cellist.

The Four Continents Quartet will be joined by Roosevelt Porter for Antonin Dvořák's moving String Quintet #2 Opus 77.

Laura Ferraro is Director of BONJ Chamber Music.

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey was founded in 1996 with music of the 17th and 18th century at its core. The group performs a variety of genres from concertos to symphonies to operas. Under the auspices of its Pearl and Julius Young Music Competition, the organization has nurtured the talent of many promising young musicians. Under the auspices of its Artistic Director Maestro Butts, the orchestra’s repertoire has expanded to include 20th century and modern pieces by the likes of Joaquin Rodrigo and others.