Posted by Joseph Kitchen on Sep 25, 2020
Lima Symphony Orchestra wants to play.
Lima Rotarians heard a tough report from Lima Symphony Orchestra Executive Director, and fellow Rotarian, Elizabeth Brown Ellis.
Elizabeth said that for the most part, the State of Ohio is open. You can go to a restaurant, church, or even see a movie, but symphony concerts are still not yet allowed to fully open due to extremely restrictive attendance regulations. Sadly, she expects this to remain in place until next summer.
She told us that jobs related to arts and culture in Ohio have been drastically cut. She estimated that 80,000 jobs have been lost. 47% of people who work in this industry are currently unemployed. She said that the Lima Symphony Orchestra has not performed since March. The LSO has obtained some loans and grants to Phil short term gaps, but she said this is not sustainable for the long term.
She said that the LSO is committed to keeping people safe while still looking for opportunities to share their music. They have conducted some online programs for schools and libraries which have been very successful and that they are planning and exciting program at the Vandel Drive In on November 28th. She said they can accommodate 500 cars. This is a new and inventive way to share their music with the masses. Elizabeth said, “We will not go dark!” 
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