LIMA — The Lima Symphony Orchestra opens its season with “Ethereal Connections” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center. The symphony’s theme this season — “Music is Life” — celebrates all the ways music underscores various stories of our lives.
“Our opening concert is going to be a big event,” said Sara Chongson, marketing coordinator of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. “I’m excited. It’s a way to start our season off.”
Besides the music, the Lima Symphony Orchestra will be adding a series of visuals for the audience during the concert.
”We’re so excited we have a wonderful visual artist named Adrian Wyard and he has collected a series of just stunning visual images from NASA and has designed them to accompany the music. We’re doing Gustav Holst ‘The Planets’ which, that’s an iconic piece and a lot of people know it, even if they don’t know they know it, they do. So it’s very popular, like I said, and the visual images is going to make for a multi-sensory experience. It’s really appropriate for all ages. It’s a great concert for the family, like bring your kids to this!” said Chongson.
Conductor Crafton Beck has composed and arranged a piece of music that will be played that night as well, “Passage.”
“We have the extraordinary benefit of having an artistic director who not only conducts but he also composes and arranges his own music. ‘Passage’ is the name of his piece and it’s kind of a like a dream-like style, I call it a reverie. In his own words, he wrote the program notes for his piece, he calls it kind of an expression of connection and community as we journey through this space together, so it very much connects with the planets,” said Chongson.
“Our third piece that we have is called ‘Mothership’ and its a really interesting piece. It’s kind of got a techno dance pulse, which is very fun and it merges with a traditional style. So its kind of like traditional meets contemporary but in a very funky kind of exciting way that you wouldn’t expect. There’s an electronic element to it that is going to be thrilling for the audience and unexpectedly exciting,” said Chongson.
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