LIMA — The Lima Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart by Candlelight will look a little different in its 21st annual performance this weekend.
Rather than performing with a chorus, the orchestra will be performing alongside tenor soloist Jordan Loyd. Loyd is an Ohio Northern University graduate currently pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
“We don’t often have opera singers who get to perform with the orchestra,” said Sara Chongson, marketing and education coordinator for the orchestra. “It will really be a treat for the audience.”
Mozart by Candlelight features a much smaller portion of the orchestra than their usual performances. A typical performance at Crouse Hall includes about 50 musicians, but this is meant to be smaller scale with around 30 so the audience can be closer to the musicians and experience them better.
“Overall what you can always expect is something exquisite,” Chongson said. “We have our modern-day lives where we are always on our phones and over connected. This takes us back into Mozart’s lifetime and provides a much more intimate experience.”
The first will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lima, followed by an additional outing at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta.
“This year we chose Wapakoneta to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with Mozart’s ‘Jupiter Symphony,’” Chongson said. “This is a wonderful effort to take our orchestra to the region. We love being out in the community that surrounds Lima as well.”
Chongson said it is unlikely the event will cancel due to the anticipated weather conditions, but in the event it has to, the Lima Symphony Orchestra will exchange tickets to either the February or April concerts. Notice will be posted on www.limasymphony.com, Facebook and Instagram.
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