LIMA — Lima Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Elizabeth Brown said the annual “Mozart by Candlelight” series by the Lima Symphony Orchestra is a chance for patrons to experience music like they would have when Mozart actually performed.
“It is held in a sacred place rather than on a stage,” Brown said. “The people are closer to the performers, and they have responded to it.”
The LSO will perform twice this weekend, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lima, and 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta. Tickets for each concert are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Call 419-222-5701.
Brown said the music by candlelight makes the performance even more unique.
“They didn’t have electricity back then,” Brown said. “It is how Mozart would have performed, by candlelight.”
Brown said the candlelight tradition started 15 years ago. Annually, the LSO plays at Trinity and at another venue in the region.
“It is well attended because people like being closer to the performers,” Brown said. “They relate to seeing it in a different format.”
Traditionally performing Mozart, the LSO has at times performed Baroque during the series. Brown said careful attention is paid.
“Every concert is different,” Brown said. “The repertoire is different. It makes every candlelight performance a new experience.”