LIMA — With the holidays quickly approaching, the time has come once again for the Lima Symphony Orchestra to show its holiday spirit with the annual “Bells, Brass & Bows” performance.
“It’s a very traditional holiday program, one that’s perfect for the entire family,” symphony executive director Elizabeth Brown said. “We have people who come year after year, and it’s part of their holiday family tradition.”
“It’s a great, feel-good way to get into the spirit of Christmas,” Brown said. “It’s music that’s so incredibly familiar to us all. To hear it with the richness of our orchestra just makes it come alive.”
There will be a wide variety of holiday pieces for the audience to enjoy.
“Certainly we’ll be playing some contemporary pieces, but for the first time in many years, we’re doing two of the Bach cantatas, which are just beautiful,” Brown said. “We’re also doing pieces from Tchikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker,’ so there is just some fantastic, historic music at this concert. We’ll also be doing some of the music from ‘Home Alone’ by John Williams. No holiday concert would be complete without Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride,’ which is a popular favorite. We’ll also be doing Chip Davis’ ‘Stille Nacht,’ German for ‘Silent Night,’ featuring one of our violin soloists. It’s just beautiful and haunting and memorable. You hear ‘Silent Night’ every year your whole life, and to hear it performed this way is absolutely magnificent.”
While the music will be holiday-themed, the performance hall will also be decked out for the holidays, complete with a special visitor.
“Santa will be at the concert, and after the intermission, he will drawing the winner for our one-carat diamond raffle,” Brown said. “So we’ll have Santa on hand with a cookie reception for ticket holders after the concert.”