LIMA — The landmark 60th season for the Lima Symphony Orchestra is coming to an end Saturday, and the organizers plan on going out on a high note.
“This will be a great way to end our season,” executive director Elizabeth Brown said. “It was important for us to end the season triumphantly and celebrate our rich history and the incredible strength of the symphony.”
In leading up to this performance, Brown and the rest of the staff at the Lima Symphony Orchestra have been very pleased with how this anniversary season has turned out.
“We’ve had a great season,” she said. “It’s been a busy season, but I think the symphony is stronger than it’s been in a long time.”
In keeping with that feeling, joy will be at the center of Saturday’s performance, with Handel’s Coronation Anthem No. 2, “The King Shall Rejoice” starting the concert, wrapping up with Beethoven’s famous “Ode to Joy,” Symphony No. 9.
“Aside from his fifth symphony, there is probably not a more recognizable, more powerful piece of classical music than this,” Brown said. “It’s an energetic, joyous piece to end our season with.”
Accompanying the symphony will be the Lima Symphony Chorus, with soloists Othalie Graham, Catherine Keen, John Pickle and Mark Walters.
“The chorus will join us for both pieces, and we have four incredible vocal soloists who will be joining us,” Brown said. “They are just dynamic and overwhelmingly talented, and I think people will really enjoy them.”
The symphony has no plans to rest on its laurels, however. Brown is equally excited about what the next season has to offer.
“We’ll be showing a preview video for next season,” she said. “It will be a very energized, diverse season. It’s impossible to look at next season and not go, ‘Wow.’”