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Austin Symphony Orchestra Board News

September 1, 2017


Austin Symphony Orchestra Names Karen Leeke As Board President
And Ernest Butler As Chairman of the Board

AUSTIN, TX – The Austin Symphony Orchestra (ASO) appointed longtime supporter Karen Leeke as Board President and advocate Ernest Butler as Chairman of the Board. With past involvement, knowledge and experience of all things ASO, Leeke and Butler hope to continue serving the community through ASO offerings and strive to reach new heights.

For almost 30 years, Karen Leeke has been affiliated with the ASO through active roles in the Women’s Symphony League, the Arbor Series and the Symphony Board of Directors. She has a background in business and serves other non-profits in the area. Leeke strives to lead the Symphony, with the help of many others, into continued expansion of programing, growth of diversity, procurement and retention of ASO corporate sponsors, increase subscribers/patrons and expand educational opportunities for the youth of Central Texas.

Ernest Butler has been a season ticket holder of the ASO for 46 years, a board member for 25, Chair of the Endowment Investment committee for 10 and has supported the Butler Pops Series and the Butler Texas Young Composer’s concerts with endowed gifts. He has also supported musical training at the UT Butler School of Music and the Butler Opera Center.

Founded in 1911, the ASO is Austin’s oldest performing arts group. The ASO offers a complete season of musical and educational programming. Masterworks concerts include a series of eight concert pairs running monthly September through May in the state-of-the-art Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. Their season also features the Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series: October & February Pops at the Long Center and December & June Pops at Palmer Events Center. Programming for the entire family includes the Halloween Children’s Concert, and the Christmas in the Community, as well as the popular James C. Armstrong Youth Educations Programs, which include Children’s Day Art Park, Young People’s Concerts, High School Concert Tour and a variety of other school programs.

Symphony Square at 11th and Red River is home to the ASO’s administrative offices. This complex of four historic Austin buildings is also home to the Women’s Symphony League of Austin.

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