Lima, OH (March 8, 2023) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra and Chorus return to the concert stage Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 PM at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center (7 Town Square, Lima, OH 45801) for “Mozart and Salieri.” The program features the works of two of the 18th century’s most famous composers, who have since been immortalized in both books and films. The evening will open with the works of the cosmopolitan and refined Salieri and finish with a performance of Mozart’s powerful and mysterious Requiem mass.
Antonio Salieri’s music represents the pinnacle of refined Viennese musical taste during the late 18th century. The Lima Symphony will perform two works by the revered composer before turning to the famous Requiem by Amadeus Mozart. Soloists Sadiyah Babatunde (soprano), Carlyle Quinn (mezzo), Aaron McKone (tenor), David Le (baritone), and the Lima Symphony Chorus will perform the work. Composed by Mozart on his deathbed, this work’s unusual history and origins have propelled it into musical mythology. This history, and the work’s profound beauty, have preserved it in popular culture.
Guest Artist Sponsor:
Antonio Salieri – La grotta di Trofonio (Overture)
Antonio Salieri – Sinfonia in D Major “Veneziana”
Josquin des Prez – Mille Regretz
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem
Tickets can be purchased online at www.limasymphony.com or by calling the symphony office at 419-222-5701.
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, Music by Candlelight concerts and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert.
For more information about the Lima Symphony Orchestra or for tickets, please contact the Lima Symphony at 419-222-5701 or www.limasymphony.com.
Babtunde, Quinn, Le and McKone
Sadiyah Babatunde, soprano, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University in 2022. She was a student of Dr. C. Andrew Blosser. During Babatunde’s time at OSU, she gained invaluable experience soloing in collegiate choirs and through private lessons. Summer 2019, she served as counselor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Michigan. Fall 2019, she joined the Columbus Symphony Chorus and was a featured soloist in ‘The American Festival’ singing the choral solos within George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. April 2022, she soloed in CSO’s performance of Bach’s St. John Passion.
Babatunde has gone on to win the OSU Wilson Competition, and OSU Undergraduate/Masters Concerto Competition. In May 2022, she claimed second prize in the Senior Voice Division of the Lima Symphony Orchestra’s 60th Annual Young Artists’ Competition. Major concert performances include presenting Mozart’s Requiem with Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Michael Shirtz’ TO RISE ABOVE: Journey of Tuskegee Airman Harold Brown, John Carter’s Cantata with the OSU Symphony Orchestra, and Josè Garcia’s Requiem with the Bexley HS Symphony and Chorale.
“The assertive Mezzo” (WSJ) Carlyle Quinn’s operatic credits include: Madame de la Haltière (Massenet’s Cendrillon | CIM), Ježibaba (Dvořák’s Rusalka | UVAA), Meg Page (Verdi’s Falstaff | CIM), Oberon/Hermia/Cobweb (Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Juilliard), Arcane (cover) (Händel’s Teseo | Juilliard x Juilliard415), Indiana Elliot in Thomson’s The Mother of Us All (Juilliard x NY Philharmonic x Met Museum), Madame de Croissy (adaption of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites | Juilliard), and Dido (cover) (Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas | Juilliard x Juilliard415; touring venues: The Joye in Aiken Festival, Holland Park, and the Opéra de Versailles).
Highlighted performances include: selections from Bizet’s Carmen in an opera gala presented by CIM (2021), a Liederabend with Pierre Vallet (2021), and an Operngala with Die Nürnberger Symphoniker (2017). She has participated in the Cleveland Art Song Festival (2022), Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Vocal Academy (2021), Internationale Meistersinger Akademie (2017), and The Juilliard Pre- College Program (2014-2017). Ms. Quinn was an encouragement award winner in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition (2022). Ms. Quinn completes her M.M. this year at CIM under the tutelage of Dr. Mary Schiller. She completed her B.M. at the Juilliard School in 2021 under the tutelage of Edith Wiens.
Baritone David Le is from Boise, Idaho and is a graduate of Boise State University (BA Music). During his undergraduate studies, he was involved with Opera Idaho, vocal jazz, and played violin in the symphony orchestra. With Opera Idaho, Le has performed the roles of the Page in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Innkeeper in Manon, and was a chorus member for Don Giovanni, Aida, and Tosca. He participated in the Sun Valley Music Festival’s summer opera program for three years where he performed Papageno, Belcore, Dulcamara, Figaro, and Count Danilo. At the Jacobs School of Music, Le performed the role of Littore in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and the role of Rambaldo in La Rondine. Le was most recently the first prize winner of the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate Competition. He is a second-year student pursuing a Masters of Music in Voice and is studying with Peter Volpe.
Tenor Aaron McKone is a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina. He now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he studies with renowned helden-tenor Stuart Skelton as an Artist Diploma student at the University of Cincinnati: College – Conservatory of Music. McKone holds a Master of Music degree, also from CCM, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Winthrop University. This summer, McKone is very excited to be a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera in Virginia, where he will be covering the role of Faust in Gounod’s Faust. McKone has had the pleasure of bringing many roles to life on the stage, including Galileo in Philip Glass’s Galileo Galilei, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Scaramuccio in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Laurie in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Orphée in Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice, and Eisenstein in J. Strauss Jr’s Die Fledermaus. He also enjoys performing in large choral works and has been a soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bach’s Uns Ist ein Kind Geboren, bothwith the York County Choral Society. When not singing, McKone enjoys snuggling with his new kitten, Samoa, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with his dedicated group of fellow opera-singing nerds.