BCSO to present The Planets

The Butler County Symphony Orchestra will present The Planets on Saturday, February 3 at the Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Road, Butler. The concert begins at 7:30 pm at the Butler Intermediate High School. A pre concert lecture will be given by Music Director and Conductor Matthew Kraemer at 6:30.

Selections will include The Planets by Holst, Nielsen’s Helios Overture and the World Premiere of Dr. Stephen Barr’s Penumbra featuring Tom Mahovsky on euphonium.

Airman First Class Tom Mahovsky has been a member of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West since July 2016.  Stationed at Travis AFB, California, he plays euphonium in the Concert Band as well as a ceremonial quintet, Golden West Brass.  Additionally, he plays trombone in the jazz band, The Commanders.  Beyond his performing duties, Tom works in auditions, does marketing and graphic design for The Commanders, and runs the band’s Twitter account.

Tom completed his undergraduate at Slippery Rock University in 2012 and earned degrees in Music Education and Euphonium Performance.  He completed his Master’s degree in Euphonium Performance at the University of North Texas in 2014.  Currently, he is working towards a doctorate in Multiple Low Brass Performance at the University of Minnesota, where he was studying prior to joining the Air Force.  Tom’s primary teachers include: Dr. Brian Meixner, Dr. Brian Bowman, and Dr. John Tranter.

Stephen Barr is an award-winning composer and conductor working in Pittsburgh, PA.  He writes in a variety of mediums, from modern concert music of all genres to contemporary film score and music for media in orchestral and orchestral-electronic hybrid styles. His concert music has been performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, American Academy of Conducting Orchestra and Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, as well as university instrumental and vocal ensembles, and appeared on the programs of national and international music conferences.

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Stephen holds music degrees from Westminster College, the University of South Florida, and West Virginia University.  He studied composition formally with John Beall, James Lewis, David Taddie, and Douglas Starr.  He has been a resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied composition and film scoring with John Corigliano, and Jack Smalley.

Stephen’s previous writing for the euphonium includes Ethereal Wave for solo euphonium and percussion quintet, and Entrada for euphonium quartet.  Ethereal Wave was selected as a finalist in the prestigious 2012 Harvey Phillips Award for Excellence in Composition.

Tickets for the concert are available at the symphony office, 259 South Main Street, Butler or online.



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