On July 1, I watched the Stow Symphony Orchestra perform as part of Stow Pride Week. This was the 20th time that they have participated in this event as well as this being their first debut concert. The Orchestra performed selections from Mozart, Stravinksy as well as highlights from popular musicals. Their set also included many patriotic numbers. Many Stow residents are members or friends of the Orchestra. If you saw the concert, I'm sure you were quite entertained.

What a shame that during Stow Pride Week, in order to see the concert, you had to travel outside of Stow. It seems that Stow Schools will no longer permit this Orchestra to perform or practice at the high school auditorium, one of the few facilities in Stow that can accommodate an orchestral performance. This concert, as well as others, have been held at Tallmadge Alliance Church. They are appreciative that they can use Lakeview School to rehearse during the school year.

I ask and urge the Stow Board of Education to rethink their policies on the use of such facilities. I ask them to take a more community friendly approach that permits non-profit community groups, such as the Orchestra, to use facilities when no in use by students. Please, help keep the Stow Orchestra part of the city of Stow. Share our passion for performing and hearing great music on a stage in our community. Work with our Orchestra to share the high school Auditorium. Permit the Orchestra to have a place in Stow.

Edward B. Bose Jr.