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Bucks Symphony Orchestra concert celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday


The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Gary S. Fagin, will perform its Winter Concert at Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.

The concert, sponsored by Tom and Judy Newman, commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birth of classical music’s most trailblazing composer.

The concert features two of Beethoven’s monumental works, “Symphony No. 5 in C minor” and “Mass in C.” Joining the BCSO for the Mass are the Central Bucks East Select Ensemble, Central Bucks South Chamber Choir, and Central Bucks West Chamber Choir. These three groups consist of the top 100 high school singers in the Central Bucks School District.

Dr. Joseph Ohrt (West), Joseph Stellino (South) and Christopher Villante (East) lead choral programs that are noted for their outstanding performances in venues across the country. They have been recognized for distinguished performances in choral festivals and concerts throughout the nation, working with some of the world’s most respected composers, conductors and clinicians, and performing in noted venues. The Central Bucks School District was honored in 2019 with the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from The NAMM Foundation.

Guest soloists for the Mass are resident artists from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Soprano Aubry Ballarò, mezzo-soprano Alice Chung, tenor Zachary Rioux, and bass Griffen Hogan Tracy are rising young vocalists.

They have been recognized internationally as winners of prestigious vocal competitions, are performing lead roles in professional opera productions, and are featured as soloists with symphony orchestras across the United States and abroad.

Tickets, at $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $15 for seniors, can be purchased in Doylestown at Rutherford’s Camera Shop and the Doylestown Bookshop, or online at Students are admitted free. Call 215-348-7321 or visit for information.