LIMA — Conductor finalist Brian Eads will this lead the Lima Symphony Orchestra in this year’s “Mozart by Candlelight.”
Eads has conducted the symphony in pops and family concerts in 2011, 2015 and 2017, but he’s ready to show Lima his ability to lead a classical concert.
“I’m so excited to get to conduct Mozart — it’s just perfect music, but it can be very daunting,” Eads said. “At times there’s not a lot of notes on the page, it’s not as dense as a Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninoff or Beethoven, but the beauty and the nuance is it takes the highest level of concentration and execution.”
When considering his selection for the concerts, Eads wanted to select pieces that haven’t been performed recently and have a personal connection for him. “Mozart by Candlelight” will include Overture to “Così fan tutte,” Piano Concerto in D minor and Symphony No. 40 in G minor.
“I wanted to make sure the pieces we were performing were fresh and new for the audience, so I was looking at overtures that really resonate with me,” he said. “My first opera to ever coach as a piano and opera vocal coach was ‘Così fan tutte,’ so it just kind of holds a special place musically in my heart but also developmentally as a musician, it’s kind of neat because it adds a personal touch to my selection.”
In addition to conducting, Eads will be the piano soloist in Piano Concerto in D minor, making him the only finalist to also be a program soloist.
“What I can offer that’s going to be unique in this program is that the audiences and orchestra will get to know me not only as a conductor, but who I am and what I bring as a potential music director,” he said. “The pairings were very intentional when paired musically with one another, but more than that, I wanted to make it more autobiographical for the audience.”
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