LIMA — The search continues for a new conductor for the Lima Symphony Orchestra after Maestro Crafton Beck left at the end of last season.
On Saturday night, the second conductor candidate, Enrico Lopez-Yañez, had his shot at leading the symphony with a concert at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
“Oh, it’s been incredibly fun. We have had a wonderful time,” said Elizabeth Brown-Ellis, executive director of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. “Enrico has so much energy and enthusiasm, and the community has really just embraced him so warmly. We have gone everywhere. He has met almost everybody, I swear, and we’ve just had a fantastic time together.”
He is one of seven finalists competing for the job with the Lima Symphony Orchestra.
According to his biography, Lopez-Yañez is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony. He leads the Symphony’s Pop Series and Family Series.
During this season, the 30-year-old is anticipating making appearances with the San Diego Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Sarasota Orchestra.
He holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Maryland and received a master’s degree in music and his bachelor’s degree from UCLA, where he graduated summa cum laude.
The Lima Symphony Orchestra’s performance Saturday night highlighted Lopez-Yañez’s love for Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.
It’s been challenging music to learn.
“This is music that is new and exciting and a lot of the stuff we’ve never played before,” said Michael Hough, LSO concertmaster. “We can’t rely on our having played it four or five times in our career like normal. So it’s certainly exciting to get to play new music, and it keeps us on our toes.”
The next concert for the Lima Symphony Orchestra is coming up on Dec. 14, where conductor candidate Roger Kalia will lead the ever-popular Bells, Brass & Bows at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center.
On Jan. 25, Brian Eads will lead the LSO with Mozart by Candlelight at St. John’s Catholic Church in Lima and on Jan. 26 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Delphos.
On Feb. 8, Andrew Crust will conduct the Lima Symphony Orchestra in a Valentine’s Day-themed concert entitled “Mad Love.” Steven Jarvi’s family concert on March 8, ”A Pirate’s Life for Me,” will include favorites from “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
Finally on April 18, James Blachly will conclude the season by taking the audience along in a “Journey in Sound.”
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.