Lima Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts return with “M is for Music”

Posted on: November 12, 2021

“Anticipation was palpable as lights went down in Crouse Performance Hall on Tuesday morning as members of the Lima Symphony Orchestra filled the stage,” writes James Luksic in Tuesday’s (11/10) Lima News (OH). “The noise built to a crescendo among the Young People’s Concert audience … as Sarah, the main character of ‘M is for Music,’ roamed the aisle … Actress Mary Jane Pories … exchanged banter with conductor Andrew Crust…. Sarah, the girl with a minimal grasp of classical music, strolled over to a giant book titled ‘M is for Music.’ She soon turned to Crust and said, ‘Show me what you got!’ at which point the symphony soared into Rossini’s ‘William Tell Overture,’ … Sarah’s cue to mimic riding on a horse, much to the kids’ delight. Dancing to ‘Baby Shark’ also sparked laughter…. Crust described the affair [as] ‘overwhelming’ in a positive way. ‘The LSO has more educational offerings than most orchestras our size. We consider it to be one of the most important functions of our symphony … to expose kids to the beauty and expressiveness of classical music.’ What’s more, he asserted, ‘The orchestra is sounding better than ever.’ ”