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AUSTIN SYMPHONY RECEIVES $1 MILLION GIFT FROM SARAH & ERNEST BUTLER

January 16, 2014
  • Who: The Austin Symphony
  • What: Sarah & Ernest Butler Endow $1 million to the Texas Young Composers Competition & Concert
  • Contact: Don Hill, PR Director: 512.476.6064 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

AUSTIN SYMPHONY RECEIVES $1 MILLION GIFT FROM
SARAH & ERNEST BUTLER

WHO: The Austin Symphony Orchestra
DATE: January 15, 2014
CONTACT: Don Hill, Director of Public Relations – 476-6064

Austin, TX – The Austin Symphony Orchestra (ASO) announced today it has received an extraordinary $1 million contribution from Austin arts patrons Sarah & Ernest Butler to endow the ASO’s newest youth education project, The Texas Young Composers Competition and Concert. Dr. and Mrs. Butler have been staunch and enthusiastic supporters of the arts community in Austin for many years. Dr. Butler is a member of the Board of Directors of the Austin Symphony, as well as the Chairman of the Austin Symphony Endowment Advisory Board. Mrs. Butler presently serves as Chair of the Ballet Austin Board of Directors. Among the many philanthropic gifts to the arts community, they endowed the ASO’s Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series with a $1 million donation in 2002 and increased that gift to $2 million in 2008.

This third $1 million gift will name the ASO’s Texas Young Composers Competition and Concert for the Butlers. The ASO’s Young Composers Competition was initiated in 2010 after Stony Point High School student sought advice on a piece he was writing, and how he could have it played by a live orchestra. The overwhelming response to the world premiere of a new orchestral work by a high school student led to the beginning of the Young Composers Competition as a statewide event, drawing entries from across Texas, and has since premiered over 30 new works. The competition is limited to young people 18 years of age and younger, and is believed to be the only competition of its kind in the United States.

The principal of the Butlers’ donation will stand in perpetuity in the Austin Symphony Endowment. Income from the interest earned on the gift will help cover expenses for running the competition and producing the annual concert.