LIMA — After the enthusiastic beginning to the Lima Symphony Orchestra’s 60th season with “Titan,” the orchestra looks to continue to build on that foundation with Saturday’s performance, “Eros.”
“We call this performance ‘Eros’ because it’s filled with music that is incredibly personal,” LSO director Elizabeth Brown said. “Our tagline for this concert is, ‘It’s so intensely personal that it becomes universal,’ since everyone has experienced all of these emotions in their lifetimes.”
The featured composers in this performance wrote each of these pieces out of a different emotional mindset.
“Wagner, in his ‘Siegfried Idyll,’ wrote this piece as a gift for his wife and newborn son, Siegfried,” Brown said. “It’s a beautiful, touching piece filled with love. Prokofiev’s ‘Concerto for Piano and Orchestra’ was the first concerto that he wrote while he was a student. It’s full of energy and brashness, an intense, boastful piece.”
Prokofiev’s concerto will also feature the guest accompanist for the evening, pianist Meng Zhou.
“She won our Young Artist competition this past spring,” Brown said. “She’ll be coming back to perform with us from Eastman School of Music, where she is doing graduate studies. She is just incredibly talented.”
The evening will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony, a piece written out of an intense emotional experience for the composer.
“He composed this right after he was married,” Brown said. “It was a disastrous, very short marriage. This is about the inescapable nature of fate. It’s really about a search for happiness.”
After the concert, attendees are invited to the Met for drinks.
“They’re doing some symphony inspired drinks,” Brown said. “We want to continue the incredible celebration of what we do.”