Orchestra has summer treats in store

Though the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-13 season may be over, summer means activity for the organization, and live music for local enthusiasts.

The summer season begins in a tasty way on Saturday with its annual Flavors fundraiser. This event with “Magical Music, Fine Food and Silent Auction,” will be 6-9 p.m. at the Hollebeck Bayley Center.

Attendees can enjoy all-you-can-eat delicacies from 15 area restaurants and caterers, all for one price. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Youth Symphony will perform live at the event.

Other highlights include live and silent auctions. The silent auction will include fine-art items, fine jewelry, electronics, gift baskets, gift certificates, tickets to various area attractions and events and more. The live auction will include items of value and a $500 cash raffle.

Flavors tickets cost $25 each in advance or $30 at the door. Proceeds will support symphony education events including the youth orchestra and children’s chorus.

While the symphony is used to playing indoor venues such as the Kuss Auditorium, the Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival is the chance to play outdoors. Unfortunately, last summer’s symphony concert was rained out after managing just one number before Mother Nature provided the next performance.

They’ll hope the weatherman has better news at 8 p.m. June 16 at Turner Pavillion in Veterans Park. The symphony orchestra will be joined by the Springfield Symphony Chorale. There is no admission cost.

The music will continue later in the summer with Lunch on the Lawn. These free events will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning on July 26 for four consecutive Fridays at The Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University.

These free events allow attendees to bring their own lunches or purchase food on site for $6 and enjoy a variety of music including a woodwind quintet; Good Vibes, a quartet playing fun music from the 1950s and 1960s; Dr. Tony’s Original Ragtime Band; and another act to be named at a later date. Everyone is invited to Lunch on the Lawn events.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will launch its 70th season in the fall.

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