LIMA — Hours before the ball dropped on Times Square in New York, Lima rolled out the disco ball and bell-bottoms for its New Year’s Eve activities at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
The Lima Symphony Orchestra’s traditional New Year’s Eve concert was unconventional, to say the least. Instead of the masters like Beethoven and Bach, the audiences were treated to the sounds of the Swedish pop band ABBA.
Canadian rock group Jeans ’n Classics performed alongside the Lima Symphony Orchestra in a concert that took many back to the mid-’70s and early ’80s. For many, ABBA is a guilty pleasure.
“That was my era when I was growing up, so [I am] very excited,” said attendee Anita Glenn.
The music of ABBA has seen a resurgence since the movie “Mamma Mia!” came out in 2008, as well as a sequel, which hit the box office in 2018.
The band and orchestra performed many of ABBA’s hits like “Mamma Mia”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Waterloo”, “SOS”, “Fernando” and “Super Trouper”.
“It’s pretty danceable, and everybody of a certain vintage, I suppose, grew up with it or remembers it. I grew up with it too, and I just find it’s just pleasing to the heart and soul a little bit. Even if they weren’t your favorite band, they are part of the experience. They were always on the radio, and I just think people have a great affection, whether realized or not, with ABBA. You just can’t lose with ABBA. It makes people feel good,” said Kathryn Rose, one of the singers from Jeans ’n Classics.
The singers were joined on stage by their own band, boosted by that “extra something” from the Lima Symphony Orchestra.
For LSO conductor Crafton Beck, it’s his last New Year’s Eve concert, as he is leaving after this season is over.
“This is certainly my last New Year’s. Brian Keegan and I put our heads together and started this New Year’s Eve thing. It’s been 19, maybe 20 years ago, and it’s been a great run. It’s such a good concert for the orchestra,” said Beck.
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