Chamber Orchestra plans concert to mark anniversary

From staff reports

The Venango Chamber Orchestra is marking its 25th year.

The group will present its annual spring concert Sunday, April 9, and will celebrate the milestone at its fall concert.

The original group began in 1992 with 27 musicians and conductor Christian Bohlen. The eight original founding members still playing with the group include concertmistress Nancy Simpson, Elaine Armstrong, Tom Karg, Janet Loring, Dennis Butler, Cheryl Butler, Jane Bradshaw and Terri Wittreich. John Murcko is the conductor.

The Venango Chamber Orchestra is sponsored by the Schubert Musical and Literary Club of Oil City and is an associate member of the Pennsylvania and National Federations of Music Clubs. Orchestra members include musicians from Erie, Sharon, Mercer, DuBois, Clarion, Knox and Titusville, as well as Venango County.

The spring concert’s theme is “From Bach to Bizet and Beyond” and will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin.