LIMA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OPENS 2022-2023 SEASON WITH FOLKLORE AND FUSION – Mercer County Outlook
Lima, OH (September 30, 2022) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra returns to the concert stage for its 2022-2023 season opener on Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center (7 Town Square, Lima, OH 45801) for “Folklore and Fusion”. The program will be led by Music Director Andrew Crust and will feature world-renowned tabla soloist Sandeep Das.
This captivating program tells stories from the Near and Far East through musical fantasy. Opening the program, the subtle and varied sounds of the Indian tabla, interpreted by master tablaman Sandeep Das in Wijeratne’s Concerto for tabla and orchestra. Rounding out this musical journey is Rimsky-Korsakov’s romantic masterpiece Scheherazade, featuring violinist Michael Houff of the Lima Symphony Orchestra, inspired by the folklore of One Thousand and One Nights.
The 2022-2023 season is the Lima Symphony’s most eclectic season to date, and the third for Music Director Andrew Crust. This season brings voices new and old, classic and popular, reinvented and reinvented, to the stage. The season will feature world-class guest artists, as well as musicians from the LSO and the LSO Symphony Chorus.
Music Director Andrew Crust
“Our LSO season-opening program this year is one that has fascinated me for a very long time. Not only does it feature one of the greatest orchestral pieces of all time, Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, but we will also be joined by the “one of the world’s great masters of Indian music, Sandeep Das. Sandeep is a virtuoso tabla player, a founding member of the Grammy Award Winning Silk Road Ensemble of Yo-Yo Ma and a fantastic stage storyteller. This program will be extraordinarily colorful, steeped in sounds from the Far East and Middle East, a journey inside the exotic and ancient tales of 1001 Arabian Nights, and the LSO is sure to sparkle in this incredible repertoire. A concert not to be missed !
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Dinuk Wijeratne – Concerto for tabla and orchestra
Sandeep Das, solo tabla
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade
Michael Houff, solo violin
$15/$10 student (call office for student tickets)
Tickets can be purchased online at www.limasymphony.com or by calling the symphony office at 419-222-5701. The program books are available digitally on the LSO website.
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, Music by Candlelight concerts, and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops 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.
Guggenheim Fellow and Grammy-winning musician Sandeep Das is one of the world’s foremost tabla virtuosos today. Since his first gig at the age of 17 with legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar, Das has established himself as one of India’s leading tabla maestros, building a prolific international reputation spanning over three decades. . Das has collaborated with top musicians and ensembles around the world such as Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, with whom he has performed for the past 21 years, as well as Paquito D’Rivera, Bobby McFarin and iconic orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among others. His original compositions have been performed in over 50 countries, including events at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Sydney Opera House; for the 150th anniversary of the United Nations; and by university and children’s ensembles around the world.
Das is the founder of Harmony and Universality through Music (HUM), a non-profit organization in India that promoted global understanding through musical performance and provided learning opportunities and scholarships for visually impaired children with disabilities. artistic potential since 2009. Passionate about sharing his ideas and experiences, Das has presented at the New York meet, the EG conference, TEDx events and several residence halls. In 2015 he established Das Tabla School, where he currently trains musicians from over 6 countries both online and in person in Boston, MA. To learn more about him, visit www.sandeepdas.com.
Das is a representative of the Benares Gharana (school) of Tabla, which was established in the 1700s by Pt. Ram Sahai as a continuation of an Indian drumming tradition passed down from Guru (teacher) to Shishya (student) for centuries. millennia. From the age of 7, Das trained intensely for 12 years in the ancient “Guru-Shishya Parampara” living with his Guru, the legendary Pt. Kishan Maharaj of Benares, India, and the learning and practicing music as a way of life rather than an isolated art form.
After establishing himself as an artist and receiving directive from his guru, Das began teaching disciples in India the same way he had been taught – orally, without the use of books or notations. . His teaching activities continued throughout his career and he officially founded Das Tabla School (DTS) shortly after moving to the United States in 2015. Today, DTS maintains an active community of disciples who learn from Das in Boston, MA, in addition to many who call from across the United States and internationally from countries like India, China, Australia, and Canada. In 2017, DTS organized the first “Das Music Camp”, which has since grown into an annual Indian classical music intensive that takes place over several days each year in the Northeastern United States and allows musicians, composers and dancers of all levels and genres. learn from Das and other renowned teachers in a way very similar to the traditional Guru-Shishya Parampara.
Das’ training and life experiences provide a unique educational opportunity for students and ensembles, and he frequently gives masterclasses and residencies at schools and universities around the world such as Dartmouth, Brandeis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Clara, College of the Holy Cross, Juilliard School of Music, Berklee College of Music and UC British Columbia. He has also taught at the annual Arts and Passion Learning Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education for the past 8 years, and has been a keynote or guest speaker at other high-profile events such as the Meet from New York, the EG Annual Conference in California, the Abu Dhabi Culture Summit in the United Arab Emirates, Asian Cultural Heritage Month at the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art and the American Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony at Faneuil Hall, Boston , MY.
Michael Houff earned his undergraduate degree at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music where he studied with Gary Kosloski. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for graduate school where he studied with David Russell and Peter Salaff.
In addition to his role as concertmaster for the Lima Symphony Orchestra, Houff performs regularly with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Canton Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He has performed with orchestras in Springfield, Erie, Ashland, Mansfield, Toledo and the Nienburger Kammer Orchestra in Germany.
Houff was a founding member of the New Century Quartet and is currently concertmaster of Amphion’s String Quartet. His quartet performances have been featured on WCLV Cleveland and WGTE Toledo and he performs regularly in northeast Ohio. Houff is also a Nashville recording artist and has been featured as both an arranger and performer by local and national bands. He toured with Shameless, a Garth Brooks Tribute band.
Houff is in high demand as a clinician in Northeastern Ohio schools and attends several summer music camp programs. He is currently on the faculty of the Hudson Montessori School Conservatory of Music and operates a private violin and viola teaching studio in Broadview Heights, Ohio.