LIMA — It’s two anniversaries being celebrated in one party when the Lima Symphony Orchestra and the Equestrian Therapy Program celebrate their separate anniversaries with a joined Music in Unexpected Spaces concert.
The Thursday program, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fassett Farm, celebrates 30 years of Equestrian Therapy in Lima. The LSO will this year celebrate its 60th year of operation. Both groups deemed the combined celebrations special enough to warrant the Unexpected Spaces concert, for which the LSO was commended by the League of American Orchestras.
“This is our only Music in Unexpected Spaces event this summer,” said Elizabeth Brown, executive director of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. “And, it’s going to be spectacular. Shannon Ford, our principal saxophone player, has assembled a trio which also includes a bass guitar and Hammond organ together to perform some light jazz. It will be a really neat combination of sounds and styles.”
Along with the concert, participants at this free event can tour the Equestrian Therapy facilities and check out a demonstration by the volunteers there.
And for the orchestra?
“People always seem to enjoy these informal opportunities to hear ensembles from the orchestra. It’s amazing the many ensembles we’ve seen over the years. And in doing this, participants can get closer to the musicians and see the versatility that the LSO offers. Our musicians love this too because it allows them to interact with the audience,” Brown said.
Brown added, “This will be a nice opportunity for people to enjoy a really informal, easy evening of great music. It doesn’t get better than that."