LIMA — The Lima Symphony Orchestra will once again take its Patriotic Pops Concert to the Van Wert and Ada communities.
Each year, the Patriotic Pops opens the symphony up to a wider audience with this shorter, more varied free concert.
“We want people to realize that the symphony’s tradition is not just music performed in a tux on a stage in a concert hall,” Executive Director Elizabeth Brown-Ellis said. “There is this whole other department of music that people know that is incredibly accessible, family-friendly and fun.”
This year’s lineup will not only nod to all the Independence Day usuals — Sousa band marches, “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America” — but will also include selections from popular productions. The orchestra will also perform songs from “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Mission Impossible” and “Star Trek.”
“With this performance, we get the chance to demonstrate that and see little kids listen to the orchestra for the first time and older adults who may think the symphony is not for them,” Brown-Ellis said. “It’s very important for us to be able to be a part of these traditional family celebrations. They’re great family traditions and we can see everyone on the lawn with their picnic blankets and baskets, it feels like a very wholesome experience.”
Brown-Ellis said the symphony has performed the Patriotic Pops concert in Van Wert for nearly 20 years and are in about their fifth year in Ada, so this has become a staple in the region’s Fourth of July celebrations.
“We have an incredible audience in Van Wert with the Niswonger and a wonderful university in Ada with a great music department,” she explained. “This is a change for us to be more regional and to come out of our downtown location and to propel to those who may not be able to drive that far to familiarize them with what can happen in Lima. It brings the music to them and introduces a new audience.”
Due to weather concerns, the concert in Van Wert has been moved from Fountain Park to inside the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
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