Lunch on the Lawn

Event Start Date:
July 27, 2018
Event End Date:
August 17, 2018
Event Venue:
Springfield Museum of Art

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will present Lunch on the Lawn, a series of free, informal ensemble concerts located on the front lawn of the Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Rd., Springfield. The programs will be performed from 11:30am-1pm on four consecutive Fridays – July 27 to August 17.

Special sack lunches are available for $6 (with beverage), while they last. Bring your own lawn chair or put down a blanket under a tree! Seating is also provided under an outdoor tent. In case of rain the performances will move inside the Museum.

Music for Lunch on the Lawn includes a mixture of classical and popular music by quality, diverse performing groups and artists. For our series opener we’re pleased to welcome back GoodVibes with their smooth jazz, blues, swing and standard favorites. Mark Smarelli, vibraphone, Chuck Young, guitar and vocals, Jim Bonecutter, bass and John Dessinger, drums offer their audience a performance filled with exciting sounds. It wouldn’t be Lunch on the Lawn without them!

New to the series this year is Arnett Howard & Friends from Columbus. After 51 years of performing, Arnett retired his band on New Year’s Day, 2018. Arnett’s trio will include friends Mike Roberts, saxophone, and Kraig Phillips, guitar and Arnett on keyboard and trumpet. They play every kind of music, from reggae, funk, country, gospel, jazz, vintage rhythm and blues, Motown and Stax.

With over 175 years of experience as members of the Springfield Symphony, the Woodwind Quintet is composed of members of the wind section of the symphony who are also on the faculty of Wittenberg University.

Lisa Grove, our oboe player, has a Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University. Richard York, our clarinetist, studied with George Wain and appeared as soloist with the Oberlin Orchestra. Joseph Hesseman is a graduate of the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wright State University. Colvin Bear, our horn player, holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the College of Wooster and a Master of Music in Education degree from Bowling Green State University. Joining the quintet today is Catherine K. Abner, flute, who has recently finished her thirteenth year as Director of Bands at Valley View Local Schools in Germantown, Ohio.

Moment’s Notice returns to the Museum to complete the series. Moment’s Notice, is pop/jazz combo with more than 100 years combined service in the United States Air Force as bandsmen and are active teachers and performers. The bank includes Felita LaRock, vocals, Dave Cousino, guitar/vocals, Dave Haworth, keyboard, Shawn Stanley, bass/vocals and Jerry Noble, drums. Moment’s Notice has opened for national artists such as the Charlie Daniels Band and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Bring the whole family, or stop in during your workday – Lunch on the Lawn is a great way to spend your summer lunch hour. Admission to Museum exhibits is free to event patrons after the concert!

July 27 – GoodVibes
August 3 – Arnett Howard & Friends
August 10 – Wittenberg Woodwind Quintet
August 17 – Moment’s Notice

For further information please call 937-325-8100.
The Springfield Museum of Art is located at 107 Cliff Park Rd., Springfield.

This concert series is possible through the generous support of the McGregor Metalworking Companies, The Springfield Foundation, Sheehan Brothers Vending Company, Home City Tent and Awning Co. and the Springfield Museum of Art. Partial funding for the SSO season is provided by the Ohio Arts Council.