Familiar pieces featured in LSO’s American Elegance


The farewell season for Maestro Crafton Beck continues

By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com



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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Lima Symphony Orchestra: “American Elegance”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima

TICKETS: $10-$15 students, $25-$30 adults. 419-222-5701, limasymphony.com or at the door

LIMA — If you haven’t been to the Lima Symphony Orchestra for a while, Saturday’s performance may be the experience that changes your mind about classical music.

“American Elegance is really a celebration of our varied and rich musical history that defined American music, so they’re all very expressive, they’re very iconic pieces that most people who come to the concert will be familiar with,” said Sara Chongson, marketing and education coordinator for the Lima Symphony Orchestra.

A guest pianist performing with the symphony will help bring the music alive.

“We’ve got ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ by George Gershwin, which is a bluesy kind of free-flowing piece. When it was originally performed was a very different type of music for the concert hall that is still one of the most popular pieces in American music. We have a fabulous guest pianist, Michael Chertock, who is actually just down the road and works for the University of Cincinnati but he has an incredible career so we are so lucky to have him doing this with us and he’s also playing on variations on ‘I Got Rhythm,’ another Gershwin piece.”

Other familiar pieces will be highlighted during the show.

“We also have ‘Symphonic Dances’ from ‘West Side Story.’ You know, American musicals are incredibly popular and well-known and Leonard Bernstein’s music, even though it was written in the ‘60s, it’s so beautiful, it’s so interesting and it still rings true with people who listen to it. We also have Aaron Copeland on the program with the ‘Billy the Kid Suite’ so you can’t really can’t do an American program without including him,” said Chongson.

This concert is part of Maestro Crafton Beck’s farewell season.

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The farewell season for Maestro Crafton Beck continues

By Sam Shriver

sshriver@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Lima Symphony Orchestra: “American Elegance”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima

TICKETS: $10-$15 students, $25-$30 adults. 419-222-5701, limasymphony.com or at the door

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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