Wednesday, September 5, 2018

SPECIAL SCREENING: Major Baroque Opera Discovered in Morristown, NJ

created by Maestro Butts and Producer Brian Foran
WHEN: Thursday, September 6, 7:00 PM
Bernards Township Library, 32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge

Alessandro Scarlatti was one of the most important dramatic composers of late 17th and early 18th centuries. One of his greatest works was the dramatic oratorio La Giuditta, composed in 1693.  

The original manuscript of this work was discovered by Dr. Jude Pfister in the archives of the Lloyd W. Smith Collection at Washington's Headquarters in Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey.

The music was edited by BONJ conductor Maestro Robert W. Butts and performed for the first time in 300 years in 2008 and in a special performance of 2016 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 20th anniversary of The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.

This film tells the story of the discovery and the park performances with music clips and interviews with Maestro Butts, Dr. Jude Pfister, Dr. Sarah Miniger, Leslie Bensley of Morris Tourism, Tom Werder of Morris Arts, Tom Ross of The National Park Service, and singers and instrumentalists who brought this great music to life.

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