LIMA — The Lima Symphony Orchestra will kick off its new “Focus Forward” season with conductor Nadège Foofat’s program “Songs for Our New World.”
Foofat’s program will focus on music written in the United States or inspired by its culture.
“My program coming up is an all-American program,” Foofat said. “With that being said, it’s also diverse in terms of the composers I’ve chosen to highlight.”
It will consist of Jennifer Higdon’s “Blue Cathedral,” Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs,” and Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”
“For this concert, the music was chosen for its range. It will really cover a lot of different emotional colors and take the audience to different places,” Foofat explained. “Each piece represents not only a different aspect of American life, but a different era of American life. We’ve got over 100 years of music represented.”
Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 and Higdon’s “Blue Cathedral” should be easily recognized, especially since Higdon is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, but Foofat said this may be the first time the audience is exposed to Copland.
Foofat described “Old American Songs” as an arrangement of “catchy tunes” that are “fun and humorous.” The orchestra will be joined by soloist Jeremiah Sanders, baritone, for this arrangement.
For Foofat, this program embodies her goal as a musical director — to highlighting great works that may have been overlooked historically and to bring new music to life.
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