Thursday, March 31, 2022

Maestro Robert Butts Resumes "Friday Night at the Opera" on April 1




Friday Night at the Opera

WHEN: Friday evening, April 1, 7:30 pm
: Bernards Township Library, 32 South Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Maestro Butts has conducted over forty operas in almost one hundred performances with The Little Opera Company, New Jersey Concert Opera, Eastern Opera, Opera Theater of Montclair, Light Opera of New Jersey and with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. He has also conducted opera productions in Romania and Italy.

In addition, Maestro Butts has composed several operas and is the first American (USA) to have composed and conducted an Italian opera to an Italian libretto by an Italian writer (Vincenzo Faggiano) in an Italian house (Teatro Verdi di Padova) when he premiered Vite senza tempo in Padua, Italy on September 16, 2021.

The operas to be discussed in this series are:


April 1 - Le Nozze di Figaro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

April 8 - Lucia da Lammermoor - Gaetano Donizetti

April 22 - Eugene Onegin - Petr Tchaikovsky

April 29 - Akhnaten - Philip Glass

May 6 - La Boheme - Giacomo Puccini

Each class features in-depth discussion and video excerpts from the operas.

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What makes Mozart's Piano Concerto #23 special

for pianist John Pivarnik and for Maestro Robert W. Butts?

"It was the first concerto I studied and performed," Maestro Pivarnik commented. "I started working on it in my junior year at college and had the good fortune to get a coaching session with Leon Fleisher. It's been near and dear to my heart for 50 years."

John completed an intense study of the work with Marian Filar during his graduate studies at Temple University.

"Mozart's concert was the first major concerto I ever conducted in Europe," Maestro Butts said with a smile. "It was December 1999 in Botosani, Romania. The pianist was internationally acclaimed Romanian artist Nicoleta Luca-Meițoiu."

 Maestro Butts returned to Romania two years later and collaborated with Maestra Luca-Meițoiu in performance of Johannes Brahms's Piano Concerto #1.

Join John Pivarnik and Maestro Butts as they collaborate with BONJ

on a very special performance of a concert special to all.


On April 3, 2022 - 2:00 PM

Dolan Hall, Saint Elizabeth University, 2 Convent Road,

Morristown, New Jersey


The glorious music of Mozart and Beethoven will welcome Spring - along with the wonderful music of Joseph Bologne - better known as Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

 While Mozart and Beethoven are familiar names, Joseph Bologne might not be. He was one of the first composers of African descent to become popular. He was a major composer and conductor in late 18th Century Paris, knew Mozart well, and conducted some of the first Parisian performances of Haydn's symphonies. His Overture to L'Amant Anonime will open the April 3 concert.

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