Lima Symphony’s family event, with “Star Wars” enthusiasts and light sabers

Posted on: March 15, 2016

“The force was with 1,750 ticket holders at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center on Sunday,” writes Lance Mihm in Sunday’s (3/13) Lima News (Ohio). “Jedi Knights battled Darth Vader and the evil empire during the Lima Symphony Orchestra’s Star Wars Family Concert. ‘It was a huge success,’ said LSO Executive Director Elizabeth Brown. ‘It was fun to see children with their parents and grandparents enjoying the music.’ Brown said the LSO has had a Star Wars concert in the past, but this was the first time it was done in a family format [with] more than 30 dozen light sabers for the children. Taking the show over the edge was the Ohio Garrison of the 501st Legion and the Apollo Base of the Rebel Legion, both international groups of Star Wars enthusiasts…. [501st member Bruce] Clingan said the group played at 140 events across the state of Ohio alone in 2015. The group attended various fundraisers throughout the years and also visits sick children at hospitals who are Star Wars fans. ‘We were here just to help the symphony,’ Clingan said…. Characters were available for photographs for 45 minutes before the [one-hour concert] started.”

Posted March 15, 2016