Lancaster Symphony Orchestra returns May 26

By on May 23, 2018


As part of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Paul E. Beck Memorial Bandshell in Lititz Springs Park on Saturday, May 26 at 8 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs, family, and friends to this exciting patriotic event that is just one of the many highlights of the patriotic weekend.

“We’re very lucky to have the Lancaster Symphony return to Lititz again this year,” said park board member Cathy Gelatka. “The caliber of music they provide is outstanding. We’re honored to have them make a return engagement.”

The evening will include popular selections from the movies Rocky, Chicago, and Wicked, along with beloved patriotic tunes. The concert wouldn’t be complete without the roar and rumble of the famous 1812 Overture and pyrotechnics show.

“I think this is a wonderful gift to the community from the sponsors of this event,” said park board member Jeff Rinehimer. “Without their help, this would not be possible. This year, Pyrotek Special Effects, will perform the cannon sound for the 1812 overture.”

Based out of Rock Lititz, the award-winning company boasts an impressive resume including supplying professional special effects for national clients such as Taylor Swift, Shinedown, and Pink.

Brian Panther, product and technical support manager at Pyrotech, is excited to bring the company’s cutting-edge toolbox to Lititz Springs Park on the 26th.

“We’ll be using theatrical cannons through close-proximity effects ­ the same thing that is used for big scale rock and roll concerts,” Panther said.

“We really enjoy working with other local organizations,” he added. “It’s also good to get out and into the local community.”

Admission to the concert is free. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to Warwick High School 301 W. Orange St., Lititz.

Concert sponsors include:

Presenting sponsor: Tiger’s Eye;

Sponsors: Ephrata National Bank, William & Gemima Brossman Charitable Foundation, Irene Weidman Charitable Trust, and Shenny Enterprises.

Now in its 71st season, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra has evolved from a community orchestra into an organization of professional musicians serving 32,000 music enthusiasts with 12 yearly subscription concerts.

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra that was founded in 1947 by Frederick S. Klein and John H. Peifer Jr. from Franklin & Marshall College. It is a non-profit organization governed by a board of community volunteers and managed by a professional staff. Ticket sale revenues and donations from hundreds of corporate and private benefactors underwrite the symphony’s invaluable contribution to the quality of life in south central Pennsylvania. Learn more at

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at or 717-721-4423.

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