LIMA — Conductor finalist Steven Jarvi led the Lima Symphony Orchestra and concert-goers across the sea in search of pirates for the symphony’s annual family concert.
In his opening introduction, Jarvi explained the show will take the audience through all of the traditional songs inspired by the sea “but with an eyepatch, it seems a lot more fun.”
Jarvi shaped the program after a true search on the sea with the help of a projected map, running into British and Russian sailors with songs like Ralph Vaughan Williams’ march from “Sea Songs” and Reinhold Glière’s Russian Sailor’s Dance from “The Red Poppy.”
Between pieces, Jarvi would step away from the podium to lead the audience through the next stop on the map. He even led them through a storm with Gioachino Rossini’s storm scene from the “William Tell” overture and had each section’s help with creating their own storm with snaps and stomps.
It was capped off with all of “Pirates of the Caribbean” soundtrack highlights by Hans Zimmer and Paul Lavender, as well as what Jarvi called the most challenge piece of the night with Claude Debussy’s Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea from “La Mer.”
The “Pirates Life for Me” program is one Jarvi brought to Lima from his 12-part concert series “A Journey into Sound.” Lima Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Elizabeth Brown-Ellis said this is the symphony’s first go at the pirate theme.
“Putting this concert together, watching him work with the orchestra, it’s so fun. It’s very lively and he’s very animated,” Brown-Ellis said. “It’s very different from the young people’s concerts we do in the fall because those tend to be more educational. This is just about bringing your kids to the symphony and having a great time so their first experience with this music is really lively and upbeat.”
Bethany Maltinsky, a violinist with the symphony, was joined by her entire family for the show wearing their pirate garb and yielding their glow-up swords. In her second season with the symphony, Maltinsky stressed the importance of these kinds of programs.
“We need to educate the kids about good music,” she said. “The schools lately, it seems like when they have to cut programs, they cut the art a lot so this is a step in the right direction. Plus for the symphony, if you get the kids to come, the parents will come and occasionally even the grandparents.”
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