Lima Symphony partners with Armstrong Air and Space Museum for space-themed program

Posted on: March 8, 2022

“The audience was full of families with excited kids … at Veterans Memorial Civic Center … Sunday [as] the Lima Symphony Orchestra began its program with John Williams’ ‘Star Wars’ main theme,” writes Tyler R. Deitsch in Sunday’s (3/6) Lima News (OH). “Sunday’s program was a joint affair between the orchestra and Wapakoneta’s Armstrong Air and Space Museum. After the opening piece, [Music Director] Andrew Crust [asked] questions about space and Wapakoneta native Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Crust shared that Armstrong was a musician, playing the euphonium and several other brass instruments growing up. While they began the next piece, John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, a screen above the stage played a slideshow of photographs of Armstrong.… The symphony also performed Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 Finale, which … Armstrong brought a cassette tape of … on the Apollo 11 mission. John Williams’ ‘Summon the Heroes’ was played with a slideshow and video of the celebrations that took place … upon the return of Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins from the moon in 1969. The concert closed with Ferde Grofé’s ‘Grand Canyon Suite: Sunrise’ to a video of scenes of nature, the Earth from space and the history of NASA.”