LIMA — The Lima Symphony Orchestra will return to the Veterans Memorial Civic Center with a new show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and it promises to be something audiences may not expect.
“Past and Present Sounds,” featuring solo cellist Henry Shapard, will feature several pieces spanning multiple genres and eras that LSO Executive Director Elizabeth Brown says will surprise audiences and give them a new perspective.
“I think it will be an opportunity for people to hear the symphony in very different ways,” she said. “I think they know our music and I think they know classical music. I think they’re going to be surprised and I think thrilled with what they’re hearing because these tracks are a bit more modern, a bit more recent and they cross genres.
Among the four pieces that will be performed are Valerie Coleman’s “Fanfare for Uncommon Times”, Friedrich Gulda’s “Cello Concerto”, Jocelyn Morlock’s “Blue and Wild Birds” and Howard’s “Symphony No. 2 ‘Romantic”. Hanson.
“Howard Hanson’s play is a very big Hollywood romance and very much like a movie theme,” Brown said, describing the plays. “And Gulda’s ‘Cello Concerto’ is so interesting, and it has rock and roll elements in it. It has elements of a German boxer dance. It has big band elements and it really covers almost everything. I think people will be very interested in the sounds coming on stage.
Brown also praised Shapard, the 23-year-old principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, who will be featured in Gulda’s piece.
“He’s the perfect person to do this cello concerto,” she said. “He is in fact the youngest principal cello to have won this seat by audition, in any major American orchestra. And he brings this youthful energy and interest in more modern, more diverse music. So I think his presence for the cello concerto is just the perfect piece for him. And he’s with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, so he and our new music director Andrew Crust know each other very well and have worked very well together and I think it’s going to be a great partnership.
And the Civic Center is looking forward to the show as usual, too.
“The Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center is always proud to host the incredible Lima Symphony Orchestra,” said Civic Center CEO Abe Ambroza. “Their upcoming show ‘Past and Present Sounds’ will have more of the amazing music that we all love and have been waiting to hear from this amazing collection of talented musicians.”
It’s all part of how the orchestra tries to appeal to a wider audience, according to Brown.
“We really try to showcase the people within our orchestra,” she said. “And we’re really trying to diversify and expand our repertoire and attract an audience beyond our traditional audience. And I think people saw that with our first gig and I think it’s really just a continuation of our desire to reflect the interests and needs of our community in the neighborhood a little bit better.
All the preparation that’s left now is rehearsals with Shapard.
For anyone looking for more information on the Lima Symphony Orchestra, there’s a children’s program at the Lima Public Library once a month, and tickets for the “Past and Present Sounds” show are on sale. now.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO
WHAT: The Lima Symphony Orchestra presents “Past and Present Sounds”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima
Tickets start at $35 and are available at https://bit.ly/3ObOOOl.
Contact Jacob Espinosa at 567-242-0399.