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One of my favorite summer pastimes is to have a few friends over on July 4 with a barbecue and some drinks followed by a casual walk (no bicycles allowed) over to Faurot Park to take in the end of the annual Star Spangled Spectacular. I especially like the choice of fun, upbeat, Broadway and patriotic music presented by our Lima Symphony Orchestra.

The last few years I have been very proud to say that the guest conductor, Lloyd Butler, was my former ONU student and later colleague who in recent years has become the conductor for the famed Irish Tenors. Imagine my surprise when I recently learned that the LSO with Maestro Beck conducting was “bought out” this year by Van Wert for their celebration. I know that in years past the orchestra appeared in both venues and I think it is odd that Lima’s own orchestra won’t be performing at the SSS in Lima this year. The orchestra’s “sister” ensemble, The Lima Area Concert Band, will be the closing headliner for this year’s celebration.

Although a fine organization in its own right, it’s just not the same. I wonder where those musicians who may belong to both groups will perform. I guess this year I may just continue partying on my patio because I am more an orchestra aficionado. I’ll try to catch the Boston Pops on television to hear my favorite, the “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky or head to Columbus for their “Red White and Boom”.

— Dennis Kratzer, Lima

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