Symphony #1 – Robert W. Butts
Premieres April 27, 2014

Creating initial themes and melodies proved relatively easy; figuring out what to actually do with them led to periods of total creative freeze.   Every time I felt blocked, I studied the composers whose symphonic work I most admired – primarily Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Sibelius and Shostakovich.   In the end, while I was inspired by all of them, it was always Beethoven who provided guidance and inspiration. So wrote Dr. Robert W. Butts on the process of composing his first symphony, commissioned by Anne and Jon Plaut, of Summit, in memory of their son Joshua who died two years ago in a tragic, storm-related accident.


Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the world premiere of a major symphony work as The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey performs in Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey at 3:00 PM, Sunday April 27, 2014.   Tickets are now on sale.

Also featured on the program will be Ludwig van Beethoven’s passionate Piano Concerto #1, The Emperor Concerto.   Guest soloist will be one of New Jersey’s most highly acclaimed and award-winning pianists, Paul Zeigler. 


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