Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s 32nd annual Concert on the Lawn was Saturday night at Kentucky Wesleyan College. The sports-themed program, Sports Orchestrated, had several concertgoers wearing baseball jerseys to support the theme.
“I’ve talked to so many people that have never been to the symphony and are interested in this concert because it’s [the music] something they know,” said Sara Jackson, OSO Marketing Director.
The US Bank-sponsored concert had bank volunteers handing out programs, fans and cooling towels prior to the start of the concert.
Food trucks were added to the evening, and a steady stream of patrons visited them throughout the night. A portion of their proceeds went to the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra.
The symphony also offered a buffet dinner catered by Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn.
Laura and John Sheffer decorated two tables for the decorating contest, one with a baseball theme, complete with ballpark pretzels, and one with a “Rocky” theme, which won the contest.
As the sun went behind Wesleyan, the patrons settled in for a night of music, including “Roundball Rock,” a piece written by John Tesh and arranged by the symphony’s timpanist, music director and conductor of the symphony, Troy Quinn, explained to the audience.
This year, Quinn’s wife and in-laws were in attendance. It was the first Concert on the Lawn for his in-laws, but his wife, Sheeba, attended previously.
Sheeba said that her family, including her aunt and uncle, came down from Chicago to see this concert because it was so special to the Quinns.
“The community comes together and is so welcoming,” Sheeba said. “It is so nice to see the faces and see people connecting. Concert on the Lawn gives people the opportunity to eat and share music together.”