LIMA — They might be playing for a two-hour stretch. However, adrenalin has a way of trumping whatever fatigue factor may set in.
At 8 p.m., the Lima Symphony Orchestra is generally just into a performance. The artists are excited, only making a crucial point more glaring. Jim Leaman, a 38-year member of the symphony, said concentration is the utmost factor. Leaman plays the timpani drum.
“If you lose track, you can get in trouble,” Leaman said. “Tonight, the moments I play are not very often, but they are loud moments. You have to know where you are at.”
Bev Bletstein is the technical advisor for the orchestra. While you do not see her, she is working backstage, communicating with staff to make sure the performance continues. Her staff works quickly, making needed sound or prop changes, depending on the show.
At intermission in a show Feb. 13, they quickly opened the pit onstage to put a piano in for the performance. The technical crew adjusts two camera angles so patrons can watch his fingers grace the keys on large screens.
With a concert typically ending around 9 p.m., many of the symphony members will go with friends and family to various spots in Lima to eat and spend time together.