By Kelsie Fields at the Westerville Symphony
This past Sunday, the Westerville Symphony hosted our annual Sounds of Freedom concert! The concert is part of the City of Westerville’s Summer Concert Series, and the Westerville Symphony hosts it every year around the Fourth of July.
The event was a huge success, and we were so glad to have the beautiful weather! This year, we hosted the event in the Alum Creek Park amphitheater, and this venue turned out to be perfect for a summer concert! The buzz in the air was cheery and patriotic, and the music reverberated throughout the park and surrounding area.
Our excellent conductor, Peter Stafford Wilson, led the orchestra as they played famous military songs, Sousa’s marches, and other patriotic favorites. Having only attended a symphony orchestra performance once before in my life, I enjoyed this concert very much; the outdoor venue and excited audience gave the concert an entirely different feel than what I had experienced before.
It’s encouraging to see the strong grassroots support for the arts that exists in our community. Columbus is wonderfully vibrant when it comes to art (in all forms), and even when it comes to symphonies. In fact, Columbus is a very “symphony-saturated” city, with more than just a few in the local area, as would be expected.
I have been learning a lot about the value and importance of community support. Without the support of the City of Westerville, Otterbein, and our amazing community members, events like this simply wouldn’t be possible. It is because of the enthusiasm of our community that events like this are successful and that make it possible for us to offer these events for free. There are low barriers to entry when you can offer someone a symphonic experience outside, for free, with no pressure, and this strategy allows us to engage more people with the Symphony, maybe for the first time!
All in all, the event was a huge success. Now we will spend our time focusing on my main project, the Beethoven 5k! Stay tuned!