Firelands Symphony returns to in-person performance, outdoors

Posted on: June 7, 2021

“It’s been more than a year, but Firelands Symphony Orchestra is back to playing live concerts in front of big crowds,” writes Tom Jackson in Sunday’s (6/6) Sandusky Register (OH). “The orchestra performed a pops concert Saturday evening at Norwalk Reservoir’s Veteran Memorial Lake Park, drawing about 900 people who sat in lawn chairs next to a lake…. Conductor Carl Topilow and the musicians he led roamed across decades of pop music. Aided by vocalist Laura Pedersen on some numbers, they played Duke Ellington’s 1936 classic jazz tune ‘Caravan’ (with Topilow pulling out his clarinet to play a solo) but also played show tunes, music from movies, Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ and songs by the rock band Queen…. The orchestra had tried to play a show last fall at the same location, but it was rained out. The orchestra ordered tents to shelter the audience if it rained again (the orchestra played under a pavilion roof), but … the weather forecast turned out to be good…. The orchestra’s summer season includes several free live shows. The full orchestra takes the stage next at 7 p.m. July 4 for an Independence Day Pops Celebration at Jackson Street Pier in downtown Sandusky.”