I read with interest David Trinko’s column (Feb. 16), “Concerts test Lima’s ability to entertain.”
How could the Lima Symphony Orchestra concerts be left out? For 60 years some of the most famous guest artists have performed in Lima with the Orchestra. More than 40,000 people attend concerts every year — seven regular concerts plus the popular 4th of July concerts in Faurot Park and in Van Wert, and “Mozart by Candlelight” in Lima and nearby towns.
How about the “Charlie Chaplin” movie and a musical score composed by Chaplin himself performed this New Year’s Eve to a full house at the Crouse Performance Hall?
Few cities the size of Lima have an orchestra with 80 professional musicians and a brilliant music conductor like Maestro Crafton Beck, whom we share with the Mississippi State Orchestra.
And how about two free young people’s concerts every year for 3,500 mainly middle school children, and the Lima Area Youth Orchestra performing free concerts for 3,000 elementary schoolchildren in Crouse Performance Hall? The Friends of the Symphony holds a Young Artist Competition for High School and College students each spring at the OSU Rhodes Campus.
A very large number of people find great entertainment value in the season ticket purchase of $130 to $150 for reserved seats to seven concerts. Even single tickets are as low as $25. Yes, for 60 years people of Limaland have proved that they support with their attendance and pocketbooks the concerts and events provided by our own Lima Symphony Orchestra.
— Richard H. Riggs, Lima