LIMA — Education will be at the forefront of second conductor finalist Enrico Lopez-Yañez’s time in Lima.
Two years ago, Lopez-Yañez helped co-found Symphonica Productions LLC, a company that designs educational, classical and pops concerts with symphonies across the United States. Prior to “Fate’s Inferno,” Lopez-Yañez and the Lima Symphony Orchestra will present the Young People’s Concert “Goldrush” at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Nov. 16 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
“This is something for me that’s incredibly exciting to be able to go out and share a little about myself, my music and my interest in the community,” Lopez-Yañez said. “Something that’s very close to my heart is all the educational programs I build and create for kids, and I get to do both in one week, and I get to showcase my personality, which in these kinds of processes, is very important.”
Lopez-Yañez will also lead Symphony Storytime programs at the Lima, Delphos and Bluffton libraries as well as at local schools.
“I noticed that a lot of the typical education experiences associated with orchestra tend to be stuck in, what I consider, an older model that’s sort of out of fashion and slightly ineffective with younger generations of students and kids brought to concerts,” he explained. “One of the goals for me was to try and increase the entertainment aspect, increase the excitement and enthusiasm of the content of these shows.”
Lopez-Yañez is also hoping to infuse his enthusiasm into the Lima community, combining with what he already saw within the symphony when he spoke with Executive Director Elizabeth Brown-Ellis.
“When I was first applying, I really found a lot of enthusiasm and excitement both from Elizabeth and the other members of the staff about the unique and crazy ideas I tend to have,” Lopez-Yañez said. “I’m excited about being able to work in a community willing to try new things and engage in new things. Some places are very inflexible or kind of old school, but that’s not the impression that I’ve gotten so far — that they’re open for a young conductor who dreams big and will try to create something unique and impactful.”
That collaboration of ideas began with the selection of pieces in Lopez-Yañez’s “Fate’s Inferno,” which he describes as “dark and virtuosic.” When creating concerts, Lopez-Yañez said he prefers to create an underlying narrative and emotion that will continue throughout.
The program will include Grazyna Bacewicz’s “Overture for Orchestra,” Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” and Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4.”
“The beginning of where the ‘Fate’s Inferno’ came to be a central concept because Rachmaninoff struggled with ideas of death and was always haunted with that throughout his lifetime,” he said. “And ‘Symphony No. 4’ is considered Tchaikovsky’s reflection of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony where fate is knocking on your door. There’s a similarity between the two, sort a battle of fate and the inevitability that it’s constantly beckoning and unavoidable.”
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