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Lima Symphony to brings Spanish-inspired music to local libraries in June

Lima, OH (May 24, 2023) - The Lima Symphony Orchestra brings its popular “Symphony Storytime” to Kalida, Van Wert, and Findlay this June. Throughout the season, the Lima Symphony brings Symphony Storytime programs to Allen and all surrounding counties, extending the Symphony’s educational reach and impact. The program, “Orchestra, Olé!” celebrates Spanish-inspired music and stories.


Monday, June 5 |10AM - Kalida Library Branch, Putnam County District Library (301 North 3rd Street, Kalida OH 45853

Wednesday, June 7 | 10:45AM - Brumback Library Van Wert (215 W Main St, Van Wert, OH 45891)

Monday, June 12 | 10:30AM - Findlay-Hancock Public Library (206 Broadway St, Findlay, OH 45840)

For this innovative program, children and their families will enjoy classic and outstanding new children’s literature, including The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, Maria the Matador by Ann Lambelet, and The Little Matador by Julian Hector. The stories are interwoven with classic works by Spanish composer José Padilla, Uruguayan composer Gerardo Matos Rodríguez, and selections from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” as performed by the Lima Symphony Orchestra string quartet. The program will introduce children to musical features of Spanish-inspired music, including distinctive rhythms and dances. With a focus on creative movement and music literacy, "Symphony Storytime" is designed to spark children’s imaginations and foster a lifelong love of and appreciation for music. This program is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public.


The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrator Robert Lawson (1936)

Maria the Matador by author/illustrator Ann Lambelet (2019)

The Little Matador by author/illustrator Julian Hector (2008)

Music Selections:

El Relicario by Jose Padilla

Fandango by Michael McClean

Music from “Carmen” by Georges Bizet

La Cumparsita by Gerardo Matos Rodriquez

These performances are part of the Lima Symphony’s ongoing commitment to music education and their firm belief that music and other arts are critical tools in building strong communities. This project is supported by the following underwriters:

Symphony Storytime Sponsors:

AC Dienstberger Foundation

G.A. Wintzer & Son Co.

State Bank

Thermal Gard Window and Door

Van Wert County Foundation - Harold B. and Dorothea F. Cully Memorial Fund

Kenton Rotary Foundation

Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation


If you would like more information about Symphony Storytime programs, please call the Lima Symphony at 419-222-5701 or check our website for more details at

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