LIMA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2022-2023 SEASON – Mercer County Outlook
Lima, Ohio (April 20, 2022) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce our 2022-2023 season: One heart, many voices. The Lima Symphony’s most eclectic season to date, and the third for Music Director Andrew Crust, brings voices new and old, classic and popular, reinvented and reinvented, to the stage. Discover the power and creativity of classical music with masterpieces by Mozart, Salieri and Debussy; film music by John Williams; the popular music of Fleetwood Mac; and vibrant new vocals from Gulda, Wijeratne, and more. The season will feature world-class guest artists, as well as musicians from the LSO and the LSO Symphony Chorus.
Music Director Andrew Crust
“After two seasons of constant uncertainty which challenged the LSO to create new programming and explore new venues, I am delighted to move forward carefully and safely with our 22/23 season, which is full of new discoveries, revered classics and world-class. talents of guest artists. With our valuable orchestra and choir, we strive to create a cultural oasis for the whole community. There’s something for absolutely everyone next season, and we look forward to seeing you all at Crouse Performance Hall and various other community venues across the county!
Big Series 1: October 22, 2022 – Folklore and Fusion
Listen to the Lima Symphony Orchestra tell captivating stories from the Near to the Far East through musical fantasy. Opening this incredible season are the subtle and varied sounds of Indian tabla, drums that composer Dinuk Wijeratne describes as being able to speak – almost as if they had a language. Performed by master tabla player Sandeep Das, the mesmerizing complexity of North Indian classical music combines perfectly with the orchestra in unexpected ways. This musical journey is completed by Rimsky-Korsakov’s romantic masterpiece Scheherazadeinspired by the folklore of One thousand and one arabic nights.
Dinuk Wijeratne – Concerto for tabla and orchestra
Sandeep Das, solo tabla
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade
Michael Houff, solo violin
Grand Series 2: November 18, 2022 – Sounds Past and Present
Embark on a musical odyssey that embraces the past through a modern lens! Opening with Valerie Coleman’s 2021 Marching Band for Unusual Times, this program presents new takes on old ideas. Gulda’s Rhythm cello concerto covers the gamut of musical styles from Renaissance dance to rock and roll, German Ländler to big band jazz, and everything in between! Blue and wild birds (Birds Blue and Wild), Morlock’s playful take on birdsong, embodies a sense of mysticism. And pioneering American composer Howard Hanson Symphony No. 2 “Romantic” combines power and tenderness reminiscent of the 19and Romanticism of the century.
Valerie Coleman – Fanfare for Uncommon Times
Friedrich Gulda – Cello Concerto
Henry Shapard, solo cello
Jocelyn Morlock – Blue and Wild Birds
Howard Hanson – Symphony No. 2 “Romantic”
Grande Série 3: December 10, 2022 – Bells, brass instruments and bows
With the Lima Symphony Chorus
Discover the many flavors of Christmas with the Symphony Orchestra and the Chorus of Lima. From Ellington’s bright, jazzy rendition of “The Nutcracker,” Britten’s regal version men of good will, John Williams’ sentimental favorites in “Home Alone” and Robert Russell Bennett’s lush vocal sets in The many atmospheres of Christmasthe sacred and the popular come together in joyful jubilation.
Coleridge-Taylor – Christmas Overture
Bennett/Shaw – The Many Moods of Christmas
Ellington/Tyzik – The Nutcracker Suite
Britten – Men of Good Will
Biebl – Ave Maria
Williams – Somewhere in my memory from ‘Home Alone’
NYE Pops: December 31, 2022 – Never Break the Chain – The Music of Fleetwood Mac
Jeans and classics
Johnny Rutledge, Kathryn Rose, Rique Franks
The Lima Symphony Orchestra welcomes Jeans and classics back on our stage for “Never Break the Chain – The Music of Fleetwood Mac”. Hailed as one of the greatest pop bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s signature music combines piercing lyrics, smooth harmonies and a high-energy rock and roll feel that continues to resonate with fans of all generations. Celebrate the New Year with over 50 years of success including The Chain, Rhiannon, Landslide, Everywhere, Dream, Don’t Stop, and much more.
Harp by candlelight: January 21/22, 2023
Alix Raspé, harp soloist
Erin Torres, solo flute
Carmen Granger, viola soloist
Delight in the serenity of the harp and flute through the subdued hues of candlelight. Featuring soloists from the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the bright, delicate tones of strings and winds shimmer through works by Debussy, Mozart, Pärt and Tchaikovsky. Performed in the finest historic churches in Northwest Ohio, our annual candlelight concerts provide listeners with a musical experience steeped in tradition and reverence.
Arvo Pärt – Fratres for strings and percussion
Claude Debussy – Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Claude Debussy – Syrinx for solo flute
Claude Debussy – Sacred dance and profane dance, for harp and strings
Gustav Mahler – Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Wolfgang A. Mozart – Concerto for harp and flute, movement 2
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Serenade for strings, movement 1
February 12, 2023 – Family concert: Wall to Wall Percussion (*US Premiere)
Vern Griffiths, percussion and host
Buckets, drums, cymbals, drumsticks and don’t forget the kitchen sink! We’ll need all of that for this presentation of “Wall to Wall Percussion” created and performed by renowned Canadian percussionist Vern Griffiths. Filled with funky beats, audience participation and inspiring ideas, this fast-paced percussion bonanza will have you wanting to break out the pots and pans to create your own symphony!
Vern Griffiths – Kitchen Concerto
GH Green / Bill Cahn – Xylophonia
Khachaturian – Saber Dance
Freedman – Exotic Birds: Conga
Schifrin – Mission Impossible
Big Series 4: March 18, 2023 – Mozart and Salieri
With the Lima Symphony Chorus
Immortalized in the book and the film, Mozart and Salieri come to life on the concert stage – not in competition but in complementarity. The first half of the program spotlights the cosmopolitan and refined Salieri, a composer whose fame and recognition have often been eclipsed by the lively and prodigious talent of Mozart. The end of the evening is Mozart’s last prophetic achievement: a Requiem mass. Left unfinished to its own untimely death, this mysterious work remains one of the most powerful and profound in the canon of classical music.
Antonio Salieri – The cave of Trofonio (Overture)
Antonio Salieri – Sinfonia in D major “Venezia”
Josquin des Prez – A Thousand Regrets
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem
Grand Series 5: April 15, 2023 – The Music of John Williams
Experience the magic of cinema through the scores of John Williams. Relive the most awe-inspiring cinematic moments of the past 60 years through live performances as the Lima Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present music from beloved films, including AND, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Angela’s Ashes, Indiana Jones, Amistad, Star Warsand more.
the Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community. Serving communities in west-central Ohio, the Lima Symphony annually presents five subscription concerts, a family concert, candlelight concerts, and an annual New Year’s Eve concert.
For more information about the Lima Symphony Orchestra or to purchase tickets, please contact the Lima Symphony Orchestra at 419-222-5701 or www.limasymphony.com.