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Beethoven will open Shreveport Symphony Orchestra’s Willis-Knighton Masterworks Series (Shreveport Times, 5/9/24)

Arts Notes: WSO bringing visually inspired ‘America the Beautiful’ program (Virginia Gazette, 4/5/24)

Interview with Michael Butterman: Shreveport Symphony John Williams Music Masterpieces (Red River Radio, 2/28/24)

Michael Butterman on New Music that Resonates with Community Identity (The Muse in Music blog, 2/28/24)

What’s Your Story? Michael Butterman, Music Director, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (Shreveport Bossier Journal, 2/20/24)

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents “Dynamic Duos” radio interview (Virginia Public Media, 1/30/24)

Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra continues 2024 lineup with Masterworks concert (Virginia Gazette, 1/29/24)

Boulder Phil’s ‘Visions of a Brighter Tomorrow’ shines light on the Boulder Star and its 75 years of illumination (Daily Camera, 11/9/23)

Boulder Phil celebrates “Visions of a Brighter Tomorrow”  (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 11/9/23)

Shreveport Symphony director to lead excursion to Cuba (Shreveport Times, 11/3/23)

Arts Notes: More October arts offerings in the Williamsburg area (Virginia Gazette, 10/13/23)

Variations on a theme: Boulder Philharmonic offers a season of new discoveries and familiar masterworks (Boulder Weekly, 10/12/23)

Boulder Philharmonic gently opens 2023-24 concert season Sunday  (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 10/11/23)

Red River Radio Spotlight: Simone Porter with the Shreveport Symphony – Opening Concert (Red River Radio, 9/22/23)

Michael Butterman talks upcoming Symphony Performances (KTAL Loving Living Local, 9/21/23)

Shreveport Symphony to open season with concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony (KSLA News, 9/17/23)

Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra gears up for a new season (Virginia Gazette, 8/18/23)

Renowned Pianist to Dive into Brahms to Open Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Season (Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, 8/11/23)

Shreveport Symphony’s exciting upcoming season (KTAL News, 7/25/23)

‘Elvis’ is back in the building for the Shreveport Symphony (The Shreveport-Bossier City Advocate, 7/19/23)

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony season finale (Red River Radio, 5/3/23)

Review: Arts Notes – Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (Virginia Gazette, 3/22/23)
“Music director Michael Butterman’s balance between both reduced strings and full orchestra and Vieaux was the absolute, most total perfection of balance one could ask for. It simply could not get any better. Bravo to all…Butterman and company beautifully shaped the work (Brahms’ Symphony No. 3), its lines and sensations captivating attention, checking all the boxes for cohesion, clarity, blended sound, truly fine playing and nothing-left-to-be-desired excellence.” | read full review

Red River Radio Spotlight: William Hagen performing with the Shreveport Symphony (Red River Radio, 3/3/23)

Loving Living Local: Shreveport Symphony with William Hagen – Part 1  |  Part 2  (KTAL News, 3/3/23)

Professional violinist making a world tour stop in Shreveport (KTAL News, 2/22/23)

Arts Notes: WSO honors Black History Month with music (The Virginia Gazette, 10/28/22)
“You just had to admire the spirit, the energy, the delicacy and the full range of musical emotions applied to this Beethoven. Playing throughout this work was great, including the brilliant brass in the heroic finale that blasted forth a sense of triumph, connectedness, universality of spirit, peace and hope.”

TV interviews: Michael Butterman discusses the Shreveport Symphony’s Nov. 19 Latin Nights concert | (KTAL NBC 6’s Loving Living Local and KTBS, 11/18/22)

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony features Aldo López-Gavilán | listen

Boulder Phil features two living composers Saturday (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 11/10/22)

Arts Review: Cirque de la Symphonie was pure joy to experience (The Virginia Gazette, 11/8/22)

Acrobatics and music combine with Cirque de la Symphonie in Williamsburg (The Virginia Gazette, 10/28/22)

Arts Review: Trio of performances are a high note for the area (The Virginia Gazette, 10/27/22)

Hometown Radio Interview: Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s Cirque de la Symphonie is Nov. 4 (Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, 10/26/22)

Richmond-based trumpeter Rex Richardson to perform with Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (The Virginia Gazette, 10/16/22)

Michael Butterman makes his debut as new music director for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (LancasterOnline, 10/15/22)

Renowned conductor Michael Butterman kicks off 2022-23 season with Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (LancasterOnline, 10/14/22)

Arts Notes: Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra opens new season with new director at helm (The Virginia Gazette, 10/6/22)
“Butterman’s enthusiasm and dedication to the interpretative details of the works programmed signaled good times ahead. Articulate and talented, with exceptionally clean, crisp and musically sensitive baton work, Butterman proved to have the right stuff for top-drawer music making, right from the start with Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn. With a theme, finale and eight variations, Michael Butterman and WSO smoothly and effectively highlighted the many nuances of the contrasting variations, especially accents, that built to a restatement of the opening theme and heroic close.”

BOULDER PHIL OPENS 22–23 SEASON WITH ‘HYMN TO THE EARTH’: World premiere and first appearance of the Boulder Phil Chorus Oct. 8 (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 10/6/22)

Climate classicism: Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra brings planetary peril into focus with season opener ‘Ozymandias’ (Boulder Weekly, 10/6/22)

TV interviews: Michael Butterman discusses the SSO’s Opening Night with Beethoven’s Ninth on KTAL NBC 6 and KMSS Fox 33 (9/23/22)

Article: Michael Butterman on Beethoven, ‘Ode to Joy’ and the Ninth Symphony

Hometown Radio Interview: Michael Butterman, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, 8/8/22)


Michael Butterman named LSO’s new musical director, its first new director in more than 40 years (LancasterOnline, 6/16/22)

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra Names Michael Butterman as its Next Music Director (press release)

GRAMMY-winning violist to play with the Boulder Phil (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 5/12/22)

Frequent Flyers join Boulder Phil for ‘Butterfly Lovers’: Concert April 30 includes music celebrating rebirth and reconnection (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 4/27/22)

Boulder Phil announces its 65th anniversary season: Masterworks concerts for 2022-23 will all be in Macky Auditorium (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 4/27/22)

After Near Three-Year Search, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Announces New Music Director (Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, 2/27/22)

WILLIAMSBURG SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR, MICHAEL BUTTERMAN: A resounding win for The WSO, a triumphant victory for the local arts community (press release, 2/18/22)

Boulder Phil and Rachel Barton Pine present premiere (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 2/13/22)

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Free Concert: Michael Butterman interview (KTAL Loving Living Local, 1/28/22)

Boulder Phil and Marcus Roberts Trio celebrate the return to live performances (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 1/23/22)

Jazz Pianist Marcus Roberts Teams Up With the Boulder Philharmonic (Westword, 1/21/22)

Musicians in the Spotlight – Boulder Philharmonic: Aflutter in an Airplane Hangar (Symphony Magazine, Fall 2021)

Longmont and Boulder Orchestras return to live performances for grateful audiences (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 10/4/21)

Boulder Phil “Together Again” for two short concerts in October (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 9/29/21)

Boulder Philharmonic announces 2021-22 Season: Live concerts again at last and a return to CU Macky Auditorium in January (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 5/22/21)

Boulder Phil concludes re-imagined season with all-strings program: Orchestra partners with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 4/22/21)

Boulder Phil wraps virtual season with a collaborative piece featuring Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance: Saturday’s Vimeo show offers music inspired by spring, female sculptor Camille Claudel (Daily Camera, 4/21/21)

Boulder Philharmonic continues exploring music for small orchestra: Streamed concert available April 3 will feature Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale” (SharpsandFlatirons.com, 4/2/21)

Symphony hosts first in-person concert of the season, plus virtual option (Shreveport Times, 3/12/21)

Boulder Phil’s virtual concert with renowned cellist Zuill Bailey premieres Saturday: Pre-recorded performance took place inside a Boulder Municipal Airport hangar (Daily Camera, 3/11/21)

Red River Radio Spotlight: Kermit Poling interviews Michael Butterman about the SSO’s Feb. 27 Virtual Concert (Red River Radio, 2/26/21)

Experience ‘Spring’ in February with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (Shreveport Times, 2/25/21)

Music at High Altitude (Symphony Magazine, Winter 2021)

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