Date: November 23, 2021
Time: 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Location: Show map
JCC of Middlesex County
1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820

Contact: Sue Horwitz
Phone: 732-494-3232

An Era Ends, An Era Begins: 1900s

Presenter: Robert Butts, PhD

Developments introduced in the 1890s continued to expand possibilities as technology began to impact lives everywhere from the automobile to the airplane to electricity to radios, photographs and movie theaters. Late Romantic composers, who continued to write in the symphonic style included Gustav Mahler and Jean Sibelius. Modernism in music created riots and was furthered in the works of Claude Debussy, Arnold Schoenberg and Charles Ives. The Broadway musical developed from its roots in opera, burlesque, vaudeville and operetta through the shows of George M. Cohan, the operettas of Franz Lehar, and the Revues of Florenz Ziegfeld. The world moved closer to war as political differences escalated. Music in the form of ragtime and barbershop grew in popularity along with sentimental songs and the growth of Tin Pan Alley. Giacomo Puccini continued to dominate the international opera stage.

Dr. Robert W. Butts serves as Music Director and Conductor with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and The New York Classical Music society.  He teaches at The Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew University and at Montclair State University.  As a composer, Dr. Butts has created popular works for orchestra, voice and chamber ensembles.


“Grant Funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners 

         Through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.”


REGISTRATION FEE:  $8/JCCMC Member; $11/Non-member

TO REGISTER: Please call the JCC Front Desk at 732-494-3232 or/ For in-person registration please click HERE. For a Zoom registration please click HERE.

We look forward to seeing you in person.  However, if you choose to enjoy the program via Zoom, once registration and payment is completed, you will receive a Zoom invitation prior to the program. Registration closes at 5PM on November 22. Sorry, No Refunds.

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