LIMA — The Lima Symphony Orchestra will present virtual concerts at the Van-Del Drive-In.
Each concert will be pre-recorded. Each will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 and Dec. 12.
Social distancing requirements and hall capacity limitations forced the symphony to consider non-traditional options.
“I’m incredibly proud of the creative and proactive way the Lima Symphony has responded to the pandemic,” Executive Director Elizabeth Brown-Ellis said. “This is certainly not the way we wanted to introduce our new Music Director Andrew Crust to the community, but we are thrilled to have found a way to perform safely when so many other orchestras have had to cancel their seasons. These drive-in concerts will help us continue to engage, heal and unite our community and make meaningful connections with our audience until we can safely gather in the concert hall again.”
Tickets are $20 per person. Call 419-222-5701 or visit limasymphony.com to buy tickets ahead of time. Limited tickets will also be available at the gate. Season ticket holders will receive tickets to these concerts shortly.
The drive-in can accommodate 500 cars, Brown-Ellis said. Because the audio is broadcast via radio, concertgoers may keep their cars running for heat without bothering other concert-goers.
November’s concert — “Lyrical Exuberance” — has been revised to include “Romanian Folk Dances” by Béla Bartok, “Appalachian Spring Suite” by Aaron Copland and “Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58” by Ludwig Van Beethoven. The piano soloist is Awadagin Pratt, winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
December’s concert repertoire has been revised as well. “Bells, Brass and Bows” usually features the Lima Symphony Chorus, but singing is too risky during the pandemic. The concert will now feature Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite.”
The remainder of the concerts in the season are on hold for now, with details coming as soon as possible.