MSO hon­ors Don Bux­ton

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At part of its 20th an­niver­sary con­cert sea­son, “Reach­ing Ever Higher,” the Mid-Atlantic Sym­phony Or­ches­tra re­cently hon­ored its found­ing con­duc­tor, Don­ald C. Bux­ton. Bux­ton re­cently re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate of recog­ni­tion from the state Se­nate at a con­cert in Eas­ton.

EAS­TON — At part of its 20th an­niver­sary con­cert sea­son, “Reach­ing Ever Higher,” the Mid-Atlantic Sym­phony Or­ches­tra re­cently hon­ored its found­ing con­duc­tor, Don­ald C. Bux­ton.

Bux­ton re­cently re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate of recog­ni­tion from the state Se­nate at a con­cert of the Mid-Atlantic Sym­phony in Eas­ton.

The MSO per­formed its first con­cert, un­der Bux­ton’s di­rec­tion, on Nov. 21, 1997, at the Ocean City Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Three con­certs were held at the con­ven­tion cen­ter in the 1997-1998 sea­son.

MSO Pres­i­dent Jef­frey Parker said Bux­ton con­ducted the or­ches­tra un­til June 2005. Un­der his tute­lage, the MSO es­tab­lished it­self as the ar­che­typal provider of qual­ity mu­sic through­out the re­gion.

The guest con­duc­tor for the sea­son fi­nale in April 2005 was Julien Beni­chou, who later as­sumed the role of MSO mu­sic di­rec­tor.

“It is a great joy be­ing able to honor Don­ald Bux­ton for all of his amaz­ing work for the Mid-Atlantic Sym­phony Or­ches­tra,” Beni­chou said. “Don has done so much for the mu­si­cal life of the area and we are lucky to have him as our found­ing mu­sic di­rec­tor.”

To­day, Bux­ton is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Ch­e­sa­peake Mu­sic, an or­ga­ni­za­tion he founded ini­tially as the Eastern Shore Cham­ber Mu­sic Festival in 1985 with col­leagues Marcy Rosen and Lawrie Bloom, who now serve as the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s artis­tic di­rec­tors. The or­ga­ni­za­tion changed its name in 2015 to re­flect the new breadth of its reach in the re­gion.

Ch­e­sa­peake Mu­sic presents more than 30 live mu­sic events through­out the year in both the gen­res of jazz and cham­ber mu­sic.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion ex­ports some­thing of the Ch­e­sa­peake’s unique­ness to au­di­ences and to mu­si­cians world­wide who take part in its an­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Cham­ber Mu­sic Festival ever y June, the Monty Alexan­der Jazz Festival ev­ery La­bor Day week­end, a bi­en­nial in­ter­na­tional Ch­e­sa­peake Cham­ber Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion and its new con­cert se­ries.

In ad­di­tion, Ch­e­sa­peake Mu­sic’s YouthReach Pro­gram works with area schools to bring a greater ex­po­sure of clas­si­cal and jazz mu­sic to area stu­dents, and its First Strings Pro­gram con­tin­ues to in­spire and ex­cite third- and fourth­graders in area schools by in­tro­duc­ing them to the vi­o­lin.

Bux­ton’s reach into the mu­si­cal com­mu­nity has ex­tended far be­yond his cur­rent role as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Ch­e­sa­peake Mu­sic. He was the as­so­ciate con­duc­tor of the Tal­bot Cham­ber Or­ches­tra in the mid-1980s; be­came mu­sic di­rec­tor of the Dover Sym­phony in 1989 (which he still main­tains); was fac­ulty at Washington Col­lege in Chestertown; and has served on nu­mer­ous non­profit boards, in­clud­ing the Tal­bot County Arts Coun­cil and Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil.

In ad­di­tion, he was an early in­flu­encer on the Avalon Theatre/ Foun­da­tion Board. He also serves on vestry and sings reg­u­larly in the choir of Christ Epis­co­pal Church in St. Michaels.

“It has been a priv­i­lege through my var­i­ous roles in the com­mu­nity to be able to en­rich the mu­si­cal life of the Ch­e­sa­peake re­gion by de­light­ing to­day’s au­di­ences and de­vel­op­ing to­mor­row’s,” Bux­ton said. “My start with the Mid-Atlantic Sym­phony and now my role with Ch­e­sa­peake Mu­sic con­tin­ues to challenge me as we find new av­enues to in­tro­duce res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike to all types of mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ences. The arts are alive and well on the Eastern Shore.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Ch­e­sa­peake Mu­sic, visit chesa­peake­mu­sic.org or call 410819-0380.

“It has been a priv­i­lege through my var­i­ous roles in the com­mu­nity to be able to en­rich the mu­si­cal life of the Ch­e­sa­peake re­gion by de­light­ing to­day’s au­di­ences and de­vel­op­ing to­mor­row’s.” Don­ald C. Bux­ton

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Don­ald C. Bux­ton, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Ch­e­sa­peake Mu­sic, re­cently re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate of recog­ni­tion from the state Se­nate at a con­cert of the Mid-Atlantic Sym­phony in Eas­ton. Bux­ton founded the MSO in 1997 and served as its con­duc­tor un­til 2005. Bux­ton, left, is pic­tured with Lissa Ein­hon, leg­isla­tive aide to Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore.

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