LIMA —The Lima Symphony Orchestra hopes to help the entire family keep the beat at 3 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
Wall to Wall Percussion will see the orchestra led by percussionist and host Vern Griffiths in a literal wall-to-wall setup with instruments ranging from usual drums and sticks to buckets and an actual kitchen sink.
“It’s just so much fun,” said LSO Executive Director Elizabeth Brown-Ellis. “It is about an hour long so it is perfect for kids with shorter attention spans. It is a very fast-paced repertoire so it keeps moving very quickly, and since it is an all-percussion program, it is perfect for little boys and girls. If you have a child who you think is probably not able to sit through a symphony concert or a kid who gets in trouble in school for tapping on the desk or moving and twitching their feet, this is the perfect time for them.”
It all comes from the mind of Griffiths, a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and a good friend of LSO Maestro Andrew Crust.
“He is so much more than just a percussionist who plays music,” said Brown-Ellis. “He creates these programs and they’re really high energy and perfect for kids. He is kind of a big kid at heart, and he’s just designed this whole range of children’s programming.”
Brown-Ellis said that the performance will see the entire stage filled from one side to the other with instruments from Griffiths’ two trunks, including the aforementioned kitchen sink and a garbage can.
It will take a great effort to find things like soup cans, coffee tables and ironing boards to bring to the stage for the demonstration of how to make music in your everyday life without expensive instruments.
“So it’s fun and challenging and a little bit quirky for us because we are doing things that we are not accustomed to doing,” said Brown-Ellis. “It’s definitely additional work, but anytime you see those kids and how their faces just light up, as well as how they relate to these things that they didn’t expect to see in a symphony concert, that makes it all worth it.”
Tickets for the event, as well as more information, can be found on the Lima Symphony Orchestra website.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Lima Symphony Orchestra family concert, “Wall to Wall Percussion”
WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima
Tickets are $10 and are available at limasymphony.com.
Reach Jacob Espinosa at 567-242-0399.