70 Years of Music – Season in Review

Your Butler County Symphony Orchestra just finished its 70th concert season. A milestone not only for the BCSO, but for the community that supports it. The Butler County Community is the cornerstone for the BCSO, with over 40% of the orchestras income for the 2018-2019 season coming from Individual & Business donors while ticket sales account for 25% of the orchestras 2018-2019 income.

Because of your continued support of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra we were able to accomplish and incredible amount during our 70th season and we would like to share those memories with you.


70th Anniversary Celebration

On September 14th, 2018 the Butler County Symphony Association hosted a dinner at the Butler Country Club in celebration of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra’s 70th season.  The Butler County Symphony presented 3 awards honoring Janice Larrick, Charles Norton and the Butler Area School District for their continued support and dedication to the BCSO.

Photos taken by Fred Vero – http://www.fredverophotography.com/


October, 2019 – Bernstein & Barber

The Butler County Symphony Orchestra kicked off its 70th season with “Bernstein & Barber” featuring soloist Juliana Athayde on Violin.


“The orchestra totally dominated Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy dances from On the Town and West Side Story as well as Barber’s daunting Violin Concerto and Overture to The School for Scandal.”


Leanne Heaton, Butler Eagle Correspondent

2018 Educational Outreach Concert Series

This year the Butler County Symphony Orchestra hit the road to travel to 6 schools in Butler County and perform 7 concerts for the students of Slippery Rock, Mars, Butler, and other school districts. Maestro Kraemer prepares a curriculum for the teachers leading up to the concert and all performances are done at no cost to the school districts.

This year the BCSO Educational Outreach Concert Series reached over 3000 students in Butler County.

November, 2019 – The Magical Music of Harry Potter

In the end, Professor Filius Flitwick might have incanted, “Leviosa” with a swish and flick of his wand to send the audience floating home after a night of musical magic

Leanne Heaton, Butler Eagle Correspondent

December, 2019 – Holiday Traditions and Holiday House Tour

The Butler County Symphony Orchestra was joined on stage by Michael & Kelly Marra, the Butler and Seneca Valley High School Choirs under the direction of Bryan Helsel(Butler) and Aaron Magill(Seneca Valley) and performing in the lobby prior to the concert were Select Members of the Butler Senior High Orchestra, under the direction of Mrs. Katie Black.


February, 2019 – Nordic Winters

By the rousing finale, the audience had long-forgotten the days of record setting wind-chills and left with an appreciation of the power of music of these Nordic composers.

Maggie Stock, Butler Eagle Correspondent

March, 2019 – Safety Last! Silent Film with Orchestra

Photos are (c) 2011 by The Harold Lloyd Trust

With all the Hollywood special-effects that audiences have come to expect, it is refreshing to know that a film made 96 years ago with limited technology and $120,000 can still entertain and make audiences laugh. “Safety Last!” is certainly comedy first.

By Maggie Stock, Eagle Correspondent 

April, 2019 – Fire & Water

Elary Mede

The finale of the Butler County Symphony Orchestras 70th season was one to remember, between our two amazing soloists, our young musicians of note and the reception following the concert with live jazz there was no lack of music. Timothy Lefebvre, Butler native and Oberlin Vocal Professor, performed Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer.” Elary Mede, winner of the BCSO 2019 Collegiate Concerto Competition, performed her three works with a resounding reception from the audience(Summertime – Gershwin, Dove Sono – Mozart, V’adoro Pupille – Handel).


Thank you for your support and for making the Butler County Symphony Orchestra what it is today. Without your support none of this would be possible.

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