Lunch on the Lawn

Fridays in August
Springfield Museum of Art

Join us for our annual series of FREE concerts on the lawn of the Springfield Museum of Art.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will present Lunch on the Lawn, a series of free, informal ensemble concerts located on the front lawn of the Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Rd., Springfield.  The programs will be performed from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm on four consecutive Fridays – August 2, August 9, August 16 and August 23.

Bring the whole family or stop in during your workday – Lunch on the Lawn is a great way to spend your summer lunch hour. Admission to Museum exhibits is free to event patrons after the concert!

• Box lunches are available for $6, with beverage, while they last.

• Bring a lawn chair or blanket, an outdoor tent is provided.

• In case of inclement weather, the concert will move inside the Museum.


For our series opener, we are pleased to welcome back GoodVibes with their smooth jazz, blues, swing, and standard favorites.

Mark Smarelli, vibraphone
Chuck Young, guitar and vocals
Art Nitsch, bass
Steve Harris, drums

GoodVibes offers their audience a performance filled with exciting sounds.It would not be Lunch on the Lawn without them!

Hal Melia Quartet

The Hal Melia Quartet helps kick off the Springfield Jazz and Blues Festival weekend with this performance. The energy and personality Hal Melia brings to both his teaching and his performing are contagious. A member of the Springfield Symphony Jazz Orchestra (SSJO), Hal resides in Dayton, and serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. He is the epitome of the multi-instrumentalist and a consummate professional, noteworthy as a vocalist and scat singer, and has composed and arranged a body of work for a variety of settings.

Hal Melia, Woodwinds, Vocals
Chris Brown (SSJO), Piano
Chris Berg, Bass
John Taylor, Drums


The SSO Brass Quintet is comprised of brass section players of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. In concert they feature a wide variety of music from many genres. From classical compositions to fresh arrangement of popular tunes, their performances include something for everyone!

Dave Zeng, trumpet
Eric Knorr, trumpet
David Parilla, trombone
Christopher Blaha, tuba


The Champion City Trio, is a dynamic vocal group made up of two pianists and a trumpet player. All three talented musicians are from Springfield, Ohio and are able to sing a wide variety of music from the 20’s to present day music. Dean Simms, trumpet extraordinaire, can sing any Louie Armstrong song and if you didn’t know it, you would think it was Satchmo himself! Par Tolliver is an amazing pianist, and his vocal range is out of this world! Annette Turner has a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Wittenberg University and sings all genres of music with her captivating tone! The three-part harmony that these musicians have is outstanding as they have sung together for over 15 years.

Dean Simms, trumpet & vocals
Par Tolliver, piano & vocals
Annette Turner, vocals

For further information please call 937-325-8100 or visit

The Springfield Museum of Art is located at 107 Cliff Park Rd., Springfield.

This concert series is possible through the generous support of the McGregor Brothers Holding LLC, the Springfield Foundation, Sheehan Brothers Vending Company, Home City Tent and Awning Co. and the Springfield Museum of Art.  Partial funding for the SSO season is provided by the Ohio Arts Council and Culture Works.