Bells, Brass and Bows to return to Civic Center

LIMA — The Lima Symphony Orchestra will have its Bells, Brass and Bows concert to celebrate the holiday season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center.

Marketing and Education Coordinator for the LSO Lydia Butterfield said that it is great to have a tradition like this concert, which combines a pops performance with holiday music.

“Everyone just really looks forward to hearing the Lima Symphony alongside the chorus,” she said. “And it’s really exciting to pair them together to sing a bunch of Christmas music.”

Guest conductor Michel Repper will lead the orchestra and Butterfield said the audience should be excited about that.

“He is a fantastic conductor and is one of the youngest American conductors to win a Grammy,” she said. “If someone can win a Grammy with a youth orchestra, imagine what kinds of sounds he will be able to bring out with the Lima Symphony Orchestra.”

Tianmi Wu will perform on piano, as well, as the featured artist for the selection of music from “Peanuts.”

“She is our young artists competition winner,” Butterfield added. “She’s an amazing pianist and will be playing two different pieces including the Peanuts Concerto. And the other piece, which is called ‘Suite for Piano and Orchestra’ is sort of jazzy, but also Christmassy and magical.”

But what Butterfield said she is most looking forward to is a familiar favorite.

“I think you can never go wrong with listening to the selections of Handel’s ‘Messiah,’” she said. “The chorus will be performing three different movements of ‘Messiah’ and personally, I and other musicians love listening to these selections every year.”

Butterfield said that it is important for the Lima Symphony Orchestra to perform the concert every holiday season.

“This is something we put on every year and it becomes more and more special to the symphony and the community every year,” she said. “I think every year we get more people who come because of that and everyone is always so excited.”

For more information or to buy tickets, visit the LSO website.

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