Butler County Symphony Experience

Do you find yourself getting stuck in a rut; going to the same restaurants and visiting the same attractions? Well, I encourage you to venture out and try something new! My family and I decided to spend an evening in Butler by dining at Butler Brew Works and attending the Butler County Symphony Orchestra as they performed a “Sci-Fi Spectacular.” 

Our night started with our first visit to Butler Brew Works for dinner before the show. This rustic industrial pub featured dim lighting and you could see the large, shiny brew kettles, separated by a massive glass wall. The environment was very welcoming and the service was impeccable. 

The menu items were very appealing, and they had some kid-friendly options too! For starters we ordered Kobe beef corndog bites and a round of drinks; I had an ice tea, my husband had one of their craft beers and my eight-year-old son enjoyed a cherry-flavored root beer. We engaged in conversation and watched the Pens hockey game on the big screen.

Before we knew it our food had arrived. I ordered a Bison burger topped with roasted tomatoes, fried onions and garlic aioli, my husband ordered their short rib grilled cheese sandwich and my son chose chicken tenders and seasoned fries. The food was incredible, and we especially enjoyed sharing dessert. A bowl of their sorghum ice cream topped with fresh raspberries, pistachio brittle and whipped cream! 

Butler Brew Works crafts “Adventurous Ales” and they pair their craft beers with a chef-designed menu. This spot is a definitely a destination for beer lovers and foodies alike.

After a wonderful meal at Butler Brew Works, we were on our way to Butler Intermediate High School, where the symphony was performing. As a special treat to go along with the sci-fi theme, members from the Starkiller Garrison of the 501st Legion were dressed as Star Wars characters. The lobby was filled with spectators, young and old waiting to get their pictures taken with characters dressed in Star Wars costumes. 

My son is a huge Star Wars fan, and had never attended a symphony before; he had even asked ahead of time if he could wear his Darth Vader costume to the show. Needless to say, this event was the perfect way to introduce my eight-year-old son to classical music masterpieces combined with a meet and greet with iconic characters. 

The auditorium was filled as the Butler County Symphony Orchestra performed themes from movies including Star Trek, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ET and the Star Wars series.

Seeing the excitement in a child’s eyes as they hear familiar tunes from their favorite movie was an experience in itself. My son almost came unglued from his seat when he heard Darth Vader’s, The Imperial March. 

The Butler County Symphony Association performs six concerts annually. They provide a quality orchestra within a community framework, generating pride among Butler County residents while enriching their cultural lives. Concerts typically begin at 7:30 p.m. and are in the Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium.

Dining in downtown Butler and attending the symphony was a great experience, and is something we will be doing again in the future. There’s always something going on in Butler County.