Friday, August 28, 2020


The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey  presents its 2020 Summer Festival on a virtual basis.   

WHERE: YouTube Video  
WHEN: Sunday, August 30, at 7:30 pm
Admission to this virtual event is free but patrons will be offered the chance to make a welcome donation.

Jesse Gerbasi,  percussion, performing:

Peter Jarvis —Poly Groove, Rhapsody for Snare Drum, A Brief Look in the Rearview Mirror, And on It Goes and Frank Zappa—The Black Page #2. 

Peter Howard, cello, performing:

Johann Sebastian  Bach—Cello Suite #3 - praeludium, allemande, courante, sarabande, bouree I, bourree II, gigue

John Pivarnik, piano, performing:

Johann Sebastian Bach—Air from Orchestra Suite #2
Franz Schubert—Impromptu in Ab, Opus 80, #4
Franz Liszt—Consolation in Db
Claude Debussy—Claire de lune from Suite Bergamasque
Filming was done by Brian Foran at the Madison Community Arts Center (Eric Hafen, Director) in Madison, New Jersey.  
All performances are recorded especially for this festival.
The concert video will also be available to watch later on YouTube (at the above link) and at the website
The BONJ plans to offer four episodes in total for its 2020 Summer festival.  The first and second episodes premiered August 16 and August 23 and are viewable now at  

Additional information will be provided for the one remaining episode as details are confirmed.
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 guidance 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.