Lima, OH (April 20, 2022) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce our 2022-2023 season: One Heart, Many Voices. The Lima Symphony’s most eclectic season yet, and the third for Music Director Andrew Crust, brings to the stage voices of new and old, classical and popular, reinvented and reimagined. Experience the power and creativity of classical music with masterpieces of Mozart, Salieri, and Debussy; film music of John Williams; popular music of Fleetwood Mac; and vibrant new voices of Gulda, Wijeratne, and more. The season will feature world-class guest artists, as well as LSO musicians 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 thrilled to be moving ahead cautiously and safely with our 22/23 season, which is brimming with new discoveries, venerated classics and world-class guest artist talents. With our treasured orchestra and chorus, 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 throughout the county!”

Season Outline:

Grand Series 1: October 22, 2022 – Folklore and Fusion

Listen as the Lima Symphony tells captivating tales from the near to far East through musical fantasy. Opening this incredible season are the subtle and varied sounds of the Indian Tabla, drums that composer Dinuk Wijeratne describes as being able to speak – almost as if they have a tongue. Performed by master tabla player Sandeep Das, the compelling complexity of North Indian classical music combines seamlessly with the orchestra in unexpected ways. Completing this musical voyage is Rimsky-Korsakov’s romantic masterpiece Scheherazade, inspired by folklore from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

Dinuk Wijeratne – Concerto for Tabla and Orchestra

            Sandeep Das, tabla solo

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade

            Michael Houff, violin solo

Grand Series 2: November 18, 2022 – Past and Present Sounds

Embark on a musical odyssey that embraces the past through a modern lens! Opening with Valerie Coleman’s 2021 Fanfare for Uncommon Times, this program presents new takes on old ideas. Gulda’s rhythmic Cello Concerto runs the gamut of musical styles from Renaissance Dance to Rock and Roll, German Ländler to big band jazz, and everything in between! Oiseaux bleus et sauvages (Birds Blue and Wild), Morlock’s playful take on birdsong, embodies a sense of mysticism. And pioneering American composer Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 “Romantic” combines power and tenderness reminiscent of 19th century Romanticism.

Valerie Coleman – Fanfare for Uncommon Times

Friedrich Gulda – Cello Concerto

Henry Shapard, solo cello

Jocelyn Morlock – Oiseaux bleus et sauvages

Howard Hanson – Symphony No. 2 “Romantic”

Grand Series 3: December 10, 2022 – Bells, Brass & Bows

Featuring the Lima Symphony Chorus

Experience the many flavors of Christmas with the Lima Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. From Ellington’s bright and jazzy rendition of “The Nutcracker,” Britten’s regal Men of Goodwill, sentimental favorites by John Williams from “Home Alone,” and Robert Russell Bennett’s lush carol settings in The Many Moods of Christmas, the sacred and popular come together in joyful jubilation.

Featured Repertoire:

Coleridge-Taylor – Christmas Overture         

Bennett/Shaw – The Many Moods of Christmas

Ellington/Tyzik – The Nutcracker Suite                                                          

Britten – Men of Goodwill

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 n’ Classics

Johnny Rutledge, Kathryn Rose, Rique Franks

The Lima Symphony welcomes Jeans n’ Classics back to our stage for “Never Break the Chain – The Music of Fleetwood Mac.” Hailed as one of the greatest pop groups of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s iconic music combines piercing lyrics, smooth harmonies, and a high-energy rock and roll feel that continues to resonate with fans from every generation. Ring in the New Year with more than 50 years of top hits including The Chain, Rhiannon, Landslide, Everywhere, Dream, Don’t Stop, and many more.

Harp by Candlelight: January 21/22, 2023

Alix Raspé, harp soloist

Erin Torres, flute soloist

Carmen Granger, viola soloist

Delight in the serenity of harp and flute by the subdued hues of candlelight. Featuring soloists from the Lima Symphony, the bright and delicate tones of strings and winds sparkle through works by Debussy, Mozart, Pärt, and Tchaikovsky. Performed in Northwest Ohio’s most beautiful historic churches, our annual Candlelight Concerts offer listeners a musical experience steeped in tradition and veneration.

Arvo Pärt – Fratres for Strings and Percussion

Claude Debussy – Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp                                       

Claude Debussy- Syrinx for solo flute

Claude Debussy – Danse sacrée et danse profane, for Harp and Strings

Gustav Mahler- Adagietto from Symphony No. 5

Wolfgang A. Mozart – Concerto for Harp and Flute, Movement 2

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings, Movement 1

February 12, 2023 – Family Concert: Wall to Wall Percussion (*US Première)

Vern Griffiths, percussion and host

Buckets, drums, cymbals, sticks, and don’t forget the kitchen sink! We will need it all for this presentation of “Wall to Wall Percussion” created and performed by acclaimed Canadian percussionist Vern Griffiths. Full of funky beats, audience participation, and inspirational ideas, this foot-stomping fast-moving percussion bonanza will have you itching to pull out the pots and pans to create a symphony of your own!

Featured Repertoire:

Vern Griffiths – Kitchen Concerto

G.H. Green/Bill Cahn – Xylophonia

Khachaturian – Sabre Dance

Freedman – Oiseaux Exotique: Conga

Schifrin – Mission Impossible

Grand Series 4: March 18, 2023 – Mozart and Salieri

Featuring the Lima Symphony Chorus

Immortalized in both book and film, Mozart and Salieri come to life once again on the concert stage – not in competition but in complement. The first half of the program highlights the cosmopolitan and refined Salieri, a composer whose fame and recognition have often been overshadowed by Mozart’s vivacious and prodigious talent. Finishing the evening is Mozart’s final prophetic accomplishment: a Requiem mass. Left unfinished upon his own untimely death, this mysterious work remains one of the most powerful and profound in the classical music canon.

Antonio Salieri – La grotta di Trofonio (Overture)                             

Antonio Salieri – Sinfonia in D Major “Veneziana”

Josquin des Prez – Mille Regretz

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem

Grand Series 5: April 15, 2023 – The Music of John Williams

Experience the magic of the movies through the scores of John Williams. Relive the most awe-inspiring film moments of the past 60 years through live performance as the Lima Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present music from beloved films including E.T., Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Angela’s Ashes, Indiana Jones, Amistad, Star Wars, and more.

The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community. Serving communities throughout West Central Ohio, the Lima Symphony annually presents five subscription concerts, a family concert, Candlelight concerts, and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert.

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For more information about the Lima Symphony Orchestra or for tickets, please contact the Lima Symphony at 419-222-5701 or www.limasymphony.com.