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LIMA — It’s a come as you are party Saturday when the Lima Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season of “Come as You Are, Leave Inspired.”

“We are doing this because we still get calls from people telling us they’d love to come to the concerts, but they don’t have a tux. We want people to know there is no dress code, there is only the invitation to come and enjoy this music. Come as you are and listen to this wonderful orchestra, and leave inspired,” said Elizabeth Brown, marketing director for the symphony.

“People really do leave the concerts transformed. Music takes you to another place, it affects your soul,” she added.

And for those opening up to that experience, this kick-off concert of the season should be the perfect concert to experience. It’s “Rach and Ritual,” featuring some of the most commanding music around.

“One of our performances is from Esa-Pekka Salonen, who is a Finnish composer and conductor. He is one of the most influential composers and conductors, and is so well-known he was one of the people to carry the Olympic torch in the summer Olympics. His piece, 'Gambit for Orchestra,' is interesting and enjoyable, and it’s good to also hear music that’s being currently composed,” Brown said.

The soloist for this kick-off concert is Russian pianist Alexander Ghindin, who will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, famous for its technical difficulty as well as its cascading melodies. “It’s kind of neat to have a Russian performing a Russian piece. And Ghindin really attacks the music and allows the passion of the piece to come across,” Brown said.

The symphony will also dedicate a piece to the late Virginia Crouse. “She did so much for our orchestra. Not only did she give us a great home to perform in, she always underwrote our first concert of the season, so we thought dedicating this piece to her was fitting,” Brown said.

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