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Alumni Music Series - Concerts at Noon
Madrigal Ensemble at Rutgers-Camden
  Madrigal Festival 2000

Madrigal Festival 2001

  Madrigal Festival 2002
  Madrigal Festival 2003
Early Music Recitals
  Music Fit for a Queen (Nov 15, 2000)
  A Musical Duel (Nov 14, 2001)
  Crazy for Love and Music: also gin, money, food,
politics and laundry

Julianne Baird, Karen Flint, Jessica Peyton and Edward Mauger (Nov 13, 2002)
Athenaeum for  Early Music
2001 Rutgers-Camden Commencement


Alumni Music Series-Concerts at Noon

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts take place in the Mallery Music Room on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building on the Rutgers-Camden campus. They begin at 12:00 noon and last approximately one hour.

For a list of recent concerts and for more information about the Concerts at Noon, please consult the Music Program's website.

All of the concerts are free and open to the public.

For additional information, please call the Rutgers-Camden Fine Arts Department at 856-225-6176.

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Madrigal Ensemble

 Dr. Julianne Baird initiated a Regional Madrigal Festival in Fall 1999, to place the resources of Rutgers University at the disposal of area high school Madrigal Groups. Over 230 students from seven high schools spent an exciting day on campus, attending workshops on movement and dance conducted by Dorie Olsson, Director of the New York Historical Dance Company.
Surrounded by a professional Renaissance stage set contributed by Dr. Baird's colleague Michael Jaffee of the Waverly Consort, the Madrigal groups performed for one another and a panel of judges. One of the highlights of the day's events was a concert of 17th century music featuring Dr. Baird.

Students, parents, and teachers were equally enthusiastic about the experience, as reflected in one of the Madrigal director's letters: We have sung in some wonderful places-Westminster Abbey and St. Patrick's Cathedral-but we have never had the experience of hearing and competing with other madrigal choirs so this was really very special for them." The Philadelphia Inquirer (11/28/99) and South Jersey Courier Post (11/18/99) both covered the festival extensively.

.............................................April Saul/ Inquirer Staff Photographer 1999

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Madrigal Festival 2000

.................................................................................Photographer: Robert E. Wood

November 15, 2000
Rutgers-Camden Campus

Students from Cherry Hill East, Collingswood High School, Haddonfield High School and Moorestown High School participated in this year's Madrigal Festival. They concentrated on the choreographing of madrigals with tableaux. The high school students delighted the audience with the following pieces.

Welcome Sweet Pleasure Moorestown 

Those Dainty Daffodils Haddonfield 

When David Heard that Absalom was Slain 

Sweet Honey Sucking Bees John Wilbye

This sweet and merry month of May William Byrd

Fair Phyllis I saw John Farmer

O vos Omnes Dering

Rejoice, Rejoice 

Click on the link to view pictures and video clips of the
Rutgers-Camden Madrigal Festival 2001

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Julianne Baird 


Music fit for a Queen (Elizabeth I)

November 15, 2000

at Rutgers-Camden in the Walter Gordon Theater

The events of Shakespeare's lifetime were extraordinary enough in themselves to provide ample source of material for history, tragedy and comedy. But his life also intersected and intertwined with some of England's most glorious musicians; William Byrd, Thomas Morley, John Dowland, Robert Johnson and Thomas Campian. Shakespeare's plays are filled with songs. His audience expected them; talented actor-singers performed them; and Shakespeare included them. Love songs, dance tunes, dirges, drinking catches - all can be found in the plays and Shakespeare used them in a variety of ways: to create atmosphere, to enhance character, to evoke theme, to intensify mood. Several types of music were employed in Elizabethan theater, "Stage music," evocative of fanfare set the mood for banquets, battles, processions, and duels. "Magic music," a second category established a different mood, and would most often be heard from offstage, from behind a curtain or beneath a trapdoor.

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A Musical Duel

Julianne Baird,
Darin Kelly,

Nicholas Watts, Piano

A Musical Duel features a contest between acclaimed Soprano Julianne Baird and esteemed Trumpeter Darin Kelly. This event is part of the Third Annual Rutgers-Camden Madrigal Festival under the direction of Julianne Baird. It includes continuous performances by Madrigal Groups from Cherry Hill East, Moorestown, Haddonfield and Collingswood High Schools.

Click on the image to listen to "A Great Soprano-Trumpet Duel"

November 14, 2001

at Rutgers-Camden in the Walter Gordon Theater


Se geloso e il mio core (2:50min)
Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Sound Fame, thy Brazen Trumpet Sound!
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Thus the gloomy world
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Sonata for Trumpet
Georg Phillip Telemann(1681-1767)


Se d’un volto mi struggo all’ardore
Alessandro Melani (1639-1703)
Let the bright Seraphim
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

The program for this "Musical Duel" was inspired by the following quote from Heriot, Angus. The Castrati in Opera. New York: Da Capo Press, 1975, pp. 96-97.

“When Farinello [the famous castrato] left Naples at seventeen to go to Rome, where during the run of an opera there was a struggle between him and a famous player on the trumpet, in a song accompanied by that instrument; this at first seemed amicable and merely sportive, til the audience began to interest themselves in the contest, and to take different sides; after severally swelling a note, in which each manifested the power of his lungs, and tried to rival the other in brilliancy and force, they had both to swell and shake together, by thirds which was continued so long, while the audience eagerly awaited the event, that both seemed to be exhausted; and in fact the trumpeter, wholly spent gave it up thinking, his antagonist as much tired as himself, and that it would be a drawn battle; when Farinello, with a smile on his countenance, showing he had only been sporting with him all that time, broke out all at once in the same breath, with fresh vigor, and not only swelled the note, but ran the most rapid and difficult divisions, and was at last silenced only by the acclamations of the audience. From this period may be dated the superiority which he ever maintained over all his contemporaries.”

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Rutgers Athenaeum for Early Music

Attempting to inject additional musical life into the Camden Campus and lure additional students to the department, Dr. Julianne Baird inaugurated a summer workshop and festival of Early Music at Rutgers-Camden. The Rutgers Athenaeum in Early Music in 1991 was a labor-intensive project which included the risk of putting Dr. Baird in direct competition with herself, since she was already a featured vocal professional at several of the major early music summer workshops in North America. It meant that serious singers and instrumentalists who might otherwise attend the Amherst Early Music Festival, or the Vancouver Early Music Workshop, to study with Dr. Baird opted for the newly created Camden program. 

In fact, 63 promising music students and emerging professionals attended in the two summers of the Athenaeum. The other young musicians were drawn to the Athenaeum to study with the internationally recognized instrumentalists assembled by Dr. Baird.

In its two seasons, the Athenaeum enriched campus life with a total of 22 concerts including three semi-staged operas. The Athenaeum afforded Dr. Baird opportunities to promote Rutgers-Camden in local radio and newspaper interviews. Over 2,700 people attended these public events on the campus. 

In the two summers of the Athenaeum, Rutgers Camden benefited from a series of positive public interviews and newspaper articles. In fact, several of Dr. Baird's vocal students earned their first public reviews and high praise from the local music critic for their performances: "[Meredith] Hall capped the evening with a brilliant performance of Dopo Notte. She dashed fleetingly through Handel's ornamented vocal line and sang incisively." "Ingold . . . has an immaculate technique and she makes much of the Italian words." "O'Neill caught the drama . . . declaimed the text with incisive clarity."

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  Commencement 2001

The commencement speaker for this year's graduating class was Rutgers University's own Professor of Art, John Giannotti, who is retiring after 30 years of teaching at Rutgers-Camden.

Professor Giannotti's speech included, to the delight of the audience, an adaptation of Bob Dylan's tune, Forever Young. The song was arranged by Julianne Baird. Soloists were Martin Dillon, Julianne Baird and John Giannotti, accompanied by Jerry Jerome, Joseph Schiavo and Ed Mauger.

To hear Forever Young and to see the chorus, click here!

Click here for the Commencement Speech by Professor Giannotti.


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About the
Commencement Speaker

Professor John J. Giannotti, chair of the Department of Fine Arts, began teaching at Rutgers University-Camden in 1970. During his academic career, he has taught a wide range of courses, including Sculpture, Utopian Architecture, a graduate seminar on the Renaissance, in-residence Bronze Casting workshops at the Johnson Atelier in Princeton, and an Honors College seminar on Censorship in the Arts.

Among his many other accomplishments, students at Rutgers-Camden will always be grateful to Professor Giannotti for establishing the International Studies Program, which so far has enabled over 2,000 students to travel to thirty countries. Over the years, he has personally lead more than 300 students on art history study tours to ten countries. He also developed the computer Graphics/Animation Program which has grown to be one of the finest in the region.

He has received the University's Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Alumni Association. Under his leadership, the Art Department received the Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award in 1996.

Professor Giannotti's paintings and sculptures have been exhibited world-wide including at the Gallery of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London; the Galleria Lucia Burgassi in Florence, Italy; and the Margaret Lipworth Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida. His monumental bronze sculptures of Walt Whitman and Madame Curie stand at Soka University near Tokyo. A version of the Whitman bronze statue can be seen in the Children's Garden of the New Jersey State Aquarium in Camden.

Professor Giannotti holds a B.F.A. from the S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo and an M.F.A. from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the arts. He is currently working on several new sculpture commissions in his studio. John Giannotti lives in Haddonfield with his wife Antoinnette Vielehr and their five year old son, Delano. His three older children, Oran, Keara, and Danielle are all Rutgers-Camden Graduates and proud of it!

(Adapted from the Camden Commencement Convocation, May 17, 2001)

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Julianne Baird is Distinguished Professor of Music
at Rutgers University in Camden,
New Jersey. 

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