Lima, OH (January 4, 2022) The Lima Symphony Orchestra’s popular Symphony Storytime program returns over the next two weeks to libraries in Wapakoneta and Celina. Featuring a duet of Lima Symphony Orchestra musicians, this program will focus on the theme of opposites in music. Live programs will happen at the following locations:

Tuesday, January 11 at 10:30 AM – Auglaize County Public District Library (203 Perry St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895)

Tuesday, January 18 at 10:30 AM – Mercer County District Library (303 N Main St, Celina, OH 45822)

For this innovative program, children and their families will enjoy outstanding newer publications featuring the theme of “opposites.” This program features Big is Big (and little, little), by J. Patrick Lewis, Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson, and The Tortoise or the Hare by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, all accompanied by live music from Lima Symphony Orchestra musicians. The program will draw parallels between concepts of contrast using musical examples to accompany the stories. 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.


  • Big is Big (and little, little) by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Bob Barner (2007)
  • Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman (2016)
  • The Tortoise or the Hare by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (2010)

Music Selections:

  • The Cakewalk from “Children’s Corner Suite” L. 113 by Claude Debussy
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies from “The Nutcracker” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  • In The Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg
  • Minuet by Johann Sebastian Bach

These performances are part of the Lima Symphony’s ongoing commitment to music education and their firm belief that music and the 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
  • Mercer County Civic Foundation