Experience the beauty of a world-class professional symphony along the banks of the beautiful Delaware River! The Riverside Symphonia brings the excitement of a metropolitan orchestra to the charming towns along the river and its surrounding communities. Under the direction of the Polish-born conductor Mariusz Smolij, the Symphonia offers both classical and pops performances of critical acclaim and features established and emerging guest artists from around the world.
Following a little time off after a busy first half of their musical season, the New Hope – Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir has resumed rehearsals, pointed toward performances in the spring and a concert in Carversville on June 7th. The choir is looking to expand the membership, and invites singers and would-be singers of all shapes, sizes, voice parts and varieties to join the group.
The Bucks County Opera Association exists to support the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), which is dedicated to the development of exceptionally talented and committed young singers who have the potential for international stature on the operatic stage. The AVA resident artists are presented in fully staged productions (full orchestra, set, costumes, and supertitles) each year in our Bucks County community.
The Pennsbury Marching Band, directed by Mr. Frank Mazzeo, is internationally recognized as one of the premier high school bands in the United States. The band has performed on four continents and is the only foreign musical ensemble to perform at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, and also upon the Great Wall in the People’s Republic of China.
The Pennsbury Community Chorus was founded in the fall of 2000 by James D. Moyer with a mission to provide a place for the greater Pennsbury community to perform high quality choral repertoire at the highest standards.
What started with 10 musicians in a local firehouse has turned into 64 years of quality music and entertainment for the people of Bucks County. In 1950, local musicians Alfred B. Mann and James McLean gathered 10 colleagues together at the Feasterville Fire Station on Irving Avenue and formed what would in time be one of the county’s most well known musical ensembles, The Tri-County Band.
The band incorporated in 1960. Today, the non-profit organization boasts 45 members and droves of loyal followers who attend their concerts each year. The band has had 10 directors starting with Vernon Cuffie of Langhorne. Current director Roy Nelson returned to the podium when John Roman retired in May after 25 years as Director. Howard Smoyer is the Assistant Director; Greg Kauriga is the Associate Director; and John Roman is the Director Emeritus of the Tri-County Band.
The Southampton Chamber Music Society, headquartered at 757 Cybus Way, Southampton, was founded in 1992 with the dual mission of creating performance opportunities for local professional musicians and of enabling area audiences to hear infrequently performed masterworks of the chamber music repertoire.
A significant portion of the works heard in the Society’s concerts has been regional or United States premieres (including compositions commissioned for the Society’s musicians), or modern world premieres of rediscovered 18th and 19th century works.
Founded in September 2012, the 85-voice Bucks County Women’s Chorus (BCWC) has already left its mark on the choral music scene in the region.
Singing under the direction of Holland (PA) resident Patricia Guth, the ensemble performs more than a dozen concerts each year and recently completed a busy holiday season. Now, with the spring concert season approaching, the chorus is gearing up for a program of new repertoire including Broadway show tunes, jazz, pop, standards, spirituals, and more. In addition, this past summer, the choir enjoyed their first tour, which took them to Italy with performances in and visits to Verona, Venice, Florence, Lucca, Siena, and Rome. A trip to Vienna and Salzburg is planned for spring 2016.
The Newtown Chamber Orchestra is among the excellent arts organizations contributing to the rich cultural tradition of Bucks County. Founded in 1990 by Russell Hoffmann (music director/conductor), Milton Schwartz (concertmaster) and Craig Smith (principal French horn player), the Orchestra offers a selection of classical music repertoire suited to small orchestra. In 2001, under the baton of Hoffmann, NCO had the distinct honor as the only American professional chamber orchestra to have performed for the Santander International Music Festival, Spain.
Cantus Novus is a mixed-voice choral ensemble based in Yardley, under the artistic direction of W. Edward McCall. Founded in 2000 as the Bucks County Motet Singers, the group has expanded from a coterie of musical friends to an established musical presence in the Delaware Valley. Performing largely a cappella repertoire from the Renaissance through the 21st century, their repertoire includes such varied contemporary composers as Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Paul Halley, Moses Hogan as well as Renaissance/Baroque composers such as Palestrina, Victoria and Bach.