LIMA — It has become one of the favorites in the Lima Symphony Orchestra season, and this Saturday, the symphony will host an intimate evening of music from one of classical music’s greatest composers with its annual “Mozart by Candlelight,” starting at 7:30 p.m. at Lima’s Trinity United Methodist Church.
“It truly is one of the premier events of the season,” Elizabeth Brown, executive director for the symphony, said.
This performance will wrap up a busy day for the symphony, with a free KidStuff children’s concert starting at 10 a.m. at the Lima Public Library. This concert will be set in the church’s sanctuary, using nothing but candles for lighting, creating a unique musical experience.
“Everyone tends to look at it differently,” Brown said. “I tend to think of it as a very romantic experience, while others find it more reverent.”
Dr. Lucia Unrau of Bluffton University will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 during the concert, a very popular piece, according to Brown.
“It’s a piece that everyone will recognize as soon as they hear it,” she said.
Another highlight of the evening will be the Concerto for Horn & Orchestra No. 1, featuring the symphony’s own Scott Fisher as the featured soloist. Fisher will be playing a period horn with no valves.
“This sound will be very much in keeping with how it may have sounded in Mozart’s day,” Brown said.
According to Brown, the members of the symphony look forward to this special performance as much as the audience does.
“It means so much to them to be on the same level as the audience, not separated by the barrier of a stage,” she said. “It makes for a more intimate performance.”