LIMA — Lima Symphony Orchestra performs its final concert of the season with “Music is Life,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
“We are presenting “Music is Life,” which has been, really the theme of our entire season. We are going to be performing ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ which is an iconic, beloved, recognizable piece. The composer, Mussorgsky, intended to bring life to a gallery of pictures by a friend of his, a little-known artist, who had passed away. So he composed this suite of piano pieces and arranged for an exhibit of this artwork, and these more intimate pieces were later famously orchestrated by Ravell. So ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ is widely known and incredibly popular. It’s a beautiful piece for an orchestra. We’re very excited to bring that to everyone this weekend,” said Sara Chongson, marketing and education coordinator for the Lima Symphony Orchestra.
The Lima Symphony Chorus will also perform during this season-closing concert.
”Having them is always a treat. We have such wonderful singers in the area, and we’re so happy to have them with us. The ‘Sunrise Mass’ is absolutely gorgeous, it’s ethereal. It’s actually just written for strings and chorus, so it’s very joyful and transcendent. It’s really lovely for spring, or at least what spring is supposed to feel like,” said Chongson.
A shorter, smaller piece called “The Moldau” will also be played.
“It’s romantic piece, it’s actually sounds like a Russian river because that’s what the piece is based on. So everything in this concert is very connected and every piece really is a reflection of the resilience and strength of the human spirit. It’s a very uplifting program and we’re so happy that we’re ending the season on such an optimistic note,” said Chongson.
ArtSpace/Lima is offering concert attendees an exclusive preview of its Spring Show. Art will be exhibited in the mezzanine for one night only.
“So it really makes it just the best of music and art that Lima has to offer. These are kind of the experience that maybe you would expect in a different or bigger city, but it’s certainly wonderful to know that Lima has the same cultural offerings as maybe a bigger place,” said Chongson.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.