PREVIEW: Rain will determine whether ProMusica Chamber Orchestra shows can go on

Peter Tonguette / For The Columbus Dispatch

“Rainouts aren’t reserved for baseball games; they can also happen at classical-music performances.

Last August, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra was in the midst of its annual three-day Summer Music Series at the Topiary Park on East Town Street. Before the start of one of the concerts, however, rain began to fall.

“A number of times, we had to wipe down the stage,” Executive Director Janet Chen said. “There are equipment concerns.”

About an hour before the show was set to begin, Chen decided to pull the plug, resulting in the first weather-related cancellation in the five-year history of the series.

“You work so hard toward something, and then when you don’t have the opportunity to present it, it was very disappointing,” concertmaster Katherine McLin said.

For this year’s edition of the Summer Music Series — with concerts Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens — the orchestra is hoping for better weather.”

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