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LIMA
SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA

The Lima Symphony Orchestra returns this fall with a transformative season of electricity, adventures, and celebration. Progress into a new era of orchestral music as Tracy Silverman brings sparks to the stage with his electric violin. Revel in timeless masterworks by Brahms and Handel, celebrating the fathers of classical music. Dance through the holidays with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, then ring in the New Year with “Disco and Motown.” The adventure continues as we transport you to Spain with Carmen and Bolero. Explore the American landscape in our season finale featuring Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Join us for a season that promises something for every musical pallet!

GRAND SERIES

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ELECTRIC LOVE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2024 // 7:30PM

Karl Hirzer, guest conductor

Tracy Silverman, electric violin

The Lima Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage this season plugged-in as we welcome guest artist electric violinist Tracy Silverman. Listen to a fusion of progressive rock ‘n’ roll and classical music through Silverman’s own avant-garde, yet lyrical compositions. Fall in love again with the romantic Romeo and Juliet Suite by Prokofiev, this time with a happy ending.

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BRAHMS AND WATER MUSIC

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2024 // 7:30PM

Lima Symphony Chorus

Relish in a program for kings and queens as we share the stage with the Lima Symphony Chorus for Handel’s regal Water Music and choral Anthems such as “Zadok the Priest” and “The King Shall Rejoice.” Moving forward to the 19th century, we conclude with Brahms’ pastoral Symphony No. 2.

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BELLS, BRASS & BOWS

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2024 // 7:30PM

Celebrate the holidays with Bells, Brass & Bows as we bring cherished Christmas films to life. Listen to the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack from The Nightmare Before Christmas, comical tunes from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the festive music of The Polar Express. Continuing with our annual tradition, sing along with sacred hymns and beloved carols, then delight in our concluding piece: Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

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CARMEN AND BOLERO

SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2025 // 7:30PM

Greg Hamilton, solo clarinet

Embark on an adventure to Spain as Music Director Andrew Crust leads the orchestra in a dramatic program of esteemed works set in the Spanish vista. Delight in the seductive melodies from Bizet’s Carmen Suites, revisiting your favorite selections from this cherished opera. Return to the world of ballet as we conclude our program with the powerful allure of Ravel’s Bolero.

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GERSHWIN AND THE AMERICAN SOUND

SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2025 // 7:30PM

Lima Symphony Chorus

David Lai, solo piano

Discover the American sound as the Lima Symphony performs lively and energetic classics set in American landscapes. Journey from the Wild West to the Midwest with Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite and selections from his opera The Tender Land. But what is the American sound without the blues! Concluding the journey is America’s favorite blues-classical fusion: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

SPECIAL EVENTS

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NEW YEAR'S EVE: DISCO & MOTOWN

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2024 // 7:30PM

Jeans n' Classics

Dance the night away this New Year’s Eve as we welcome back Jeans ‘n Classics for an evening of Disco and Motown. Get your groove on with the sounds of Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, ABBA, and more. Relive your favorite hits while enjoying a surprise feature from the recent movie sensation: Barbie.

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ORGAN BY CANDLELIGHT

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2025 // 7:30PM

Trinity United Methodist Church, Lima

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2025 // 4:00PM

St. Augustine Church, Minster

Jared Post, organ

Immerse yourself in a timeless representation of historical classical concerts as the symphony performs alongside the magnificent sounds of the pipe organ. Experience classical music in its most authentic form in the sanctuaries of beautiful churches in Lima and Minster. Performing on the newly restored organ in the exquisite St. Augustine Church in Minster, the Lima Symphony welcomes guest artist organist Jared Post for an evening of organ and orchestral works by candlelight. 

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FAMILY CONCERT: SYMPHONIC SAFARI

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2O25 // 3:00 PM

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Bring your whole family on a “Symphonic Safari” as we present a multimedia production of animal-themed works. Witness animals come to life through a choreographed feature of life-sized animal puppets set to vibrant music. Alongside this enchanting production, Maestro Andrew Crust shares an original story exploring the interconnection between the animal kingdom and humans. 

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