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LIMA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FAMILY CONCERT US PREMIERE PERFORMANCE

Lima, OH (January 31, 2023) – Buckets, drums, cymbals, sticks, and don’t forget the kitchen sink! The Lima Symphony welcomes percussionist Vern Griffiths for “Wall to Wall Percussion” on Sunday, February 12 at 3 PM at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center (7 Town Square, Lima, OH 45801) in downtown Lima. This family concert for all ages is full of funky beats, audience participation, and inspirational ideas, and will have you itching to pull out the pots and pans to create a symphony of your own!


For more than a decade, Griffiths has played dozens of performances of his kids’ concert Wall to Wall Percussion with the Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Toronto Symphonies. Now it is Lima’s turn to experience this fast-moving, foot-stomping percussion bonanza in the US Premiere. This kid-friendly percussion experience demonstrates the musical potential of everyday objects – showing that we are only limited by our own creativity

Featured Repertoire:

Vern Griffiths – Kitchen Concerto

G.H. Green/Bill Cahn – Xylophonia

Khachaturian – Sabre Dance

Freedman – Oiseaux Exotique: Conga

Schifrin – Mission Impossible

Ticket Prices:

$10 – general admission seating


Exclusively Underwritten by:

Webb Insurance


The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community. Serving communities throughout West Central Ohio, the Lima Symphony annually presents five subscription concerts, a family concert, Music by Candlelight concerts and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert.


For more information about the Lima Symphony Orchestra or for tickets, please contact the Lima Symphony at 419-222-5701 or www.limasymphony.com.



Vern Griffiths


Vern Griffiths is a dynamic and versatile performer who joined the Vancouver

Symphony as Principal Percussionist in 1997. He has also played with Standing Wave, the Music On Main All-Star Band, Turning Point Ensemble, and CBC Radio Orchestra and can be heard on soundtracks for Disney, ABC, IMAX, NFB, EA Sports, and Dreamworks. 2019 saw


him perform the world premiere of Perxploitation, a full-length percussion concerto written for him by Nicole Lizée. He made his VSO conducting debut in 2013 in Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat and his VSO composing debut in 2019 with his piece Kitchen Concerto. He also composed Jack of Hearts in 2020 to be part of the VSO kids show with Circus West.


For more than a decade, Griffiths has played dozens of performances of his kids’ concert Wall to Wall Percussion with the Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Toronto Symphonies. His new show, The Composer Is Here, debuted in March 2022, and explores in a fun and engaging way the art of composing — featuring several living, local composers! A committed educator, Griffiths has been teaching percussion at the University of British Columbia since 1997 as well as teaching at the VSO School of Music and the VSO Institute each summer.


Born and raised in North Vancouver, Griffiths has degrees in both Commerce and Music from the University of British Columbia, studying percussion with John Rudolph. Griffiths then earned his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan


School of Music as a student of Chris Lamb of the New York Philharmonic and Duncan Patton of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

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