LIMA — The second conductor finalist Enrico Lopez-Yañez will lead the Lima Symphony Orchestra in a more “dark and virtuosic” performance.
“Fate’s Inferno” 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.”
Lopez-Yañez and the symphony collaborated to come up with the program’s theme, which first came out with the selection of Rachmaninoff’s piece.
“I tend to create customized things for classical concerts, this one being a little more straight forward as a thematic underlying tone through the program that helps create a narrative, feeling and emotion throughout the entire concert,” Lopez-Yañez explained. “Rachmaninoff struggled with ideas of death and was always haunted by that throughout his lifetime.”
Those “gorgeous but sort of eerie” melodies continue into “Symphony No. 4,” which holds a special place with Lopez-Yañez.
As an instrumentalist in a youth symphony, it was one of the first complete symphonies he played. Then in his graduate studies, “Symphony No. 4” was one of the first full ones he got to conduct.
“The piece sort of continued to follow me around,” he said. “It’s always been incredibly deep and close to me. It has so much beauty, but also this firey passion that makes it really fun.”
Adam Mayon, piano soloist, will join the Symphony for “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.”
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