BCSO Announces 68th Season; Extends Contract for Maestro Kraemer

The Butler County Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 68th season – which will begin on Saturday, October 1 along with the extension of Music Director & Conductor Matthew Kraemer’s contract for an additional two years.

“We are thrilled to extend Matthew’s contract, says Joe Kecskemethy, President of the Board of Directors. “He has brought a contagious passion for his knowledge and love of music over the last four seasons and has elevated the orchestra to a new and higher standard.”

Kraemer’s contract extends through the end of the 2017-2018 season.

“I am looking forward to continuing to work with this wonderful orchestra,” says Matthew Kraemer, Music Director & Conductor. “Our musicians’ commitment to excellence will inspire our audiences with their impassioned performances. The generous support of our community is the very reason our organization continues to thrive. Our 68th season has something for everyone – from Schubert to Ellington and patriotic to pop music our upcoming season has been carefully crafted to excite your senses and engage your mind.”

Tickets for current season ticket holders featuring all six concerts can be purchased beginning April 19 through the symphony office at 259 South Main Street Monday-Friday from 10 am – 2 pm.

The 68th season includes:

October 1, 2016 – Magnificent Russians
Sean Chen, piano

Rachmaninoff:  Piano Concerto No. 2
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

November 12, 2016 – Veteran’s Day Salute

Honor our beloved Veterans, the heart of our nation! Hear memorable themes from Victory at Sea, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan, and the Armed Forces Salute.

December 10, 2016 – The Magic of Christmas
Bring the family and enjoy traditional carols, sprinkled with music from How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Polar Express. Choral groups from Butler and Seneca Valley High schools will add to this memorable evening.

February 4, 2017 – Great Romantics
Tanya Satteson, violin

Schubert: Rosamunde Overture
Mendelssohn:  Violin Concerto
Dvořák:  Symphony No. 7

March 4, 2017 – Symphony Idol

Enjoy popular music performed by TV sensations Matt Giraud, LaKisha Jones and Haley Scarnato from Fox’s “American Idol.”

April 8, 2017 – American Masters

2017 Concerto Competition Winner

Bernstein:  On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Ellington:  Black, Brown, and Beige Suite

For more information on the 2016-17 Butler County Symphony season or to print a ticket order form, click here.


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