LIMA — Andrew Crust’s “Mad Love” program was a mix of new and familiar for the Lima Symphony Orchestra Saturday night.
He began the night with Wojciech Kilar’s “Orawa”, from the 1980s, which was very well received by the audience.
“I think a lot of the time, the default is to do a romantic classical piece, and I think that’s what I like about the whole series — people have been trying to introduce some new pieces,” said audience member Kathy Mason, of Findlay. “There have been more modern composers and yet they make it accessible, and I really like that because I don’t need to hear Beethoven every time. It’s nice to hear, but not every time.”
Introducing more contemporary music while also still honoring great masterworks is one of Crust’s goals as a music director for any audience, and Elizabeth Brown-Ellis, symphony Executive Director, thinks that could be the direction for the symphony.
“I think people are ready for (more contemporary pieces), I think they’re eager for it,” she explained. “Obviously whoever our music director will be needs to approach it very intentionally. We’re not going to start with things that are atonal and dissonant and unfamiliar, but things that are new and need to be heard.”
Crust paired “Orawa” with Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite,” which received a standing ovation, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Concerto No. 2”.
Scott Rogers has played trombone with the Lima Symphony Orchestra for 35 years, and he said that this season has been one of the most exciting.
“It’s been great because we have a lot of great music — a lot of classics and some new things that are not normally on the docket,” Rogers said of the programs this season. “We have some wonderful conductors that are coming in with different styles and approaches, keeping the orchestra on their toes … It’s kind of a refreshing atmosphere, an injection of spirit into things.”
Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center President Ronda Lehman was in attendance for her first symphony performance of the season, but said she can feel the excitement it’s bringing to the community.
“I think it’s a wonderful chance to bring together and to demonstrate to our community the kind of talent that exists here and also the caliber of people that are interested in becoming a part of our community,” she said. “There’s so many wonderful things happening in our community, and it’s important that we showcase it.”
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