As I have been working on the new season for the Niswonger, I have
been engulfed by music of all kinds. In addition to listening to
everything from Broadway to Country to Adult Contemporary and Rock, I
have also been doing a bit of music of my own. This Saturday, the Lima
Symphony Orchestra is performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. You know it
- it’s the one with “Ode to Joy” in it. I have been listening to
recordings of it and now am in the midst of rehearsing it all week long.
If you want to talk about passion and inspiration, this Beethoven
symphony has it all.
I know that many of you are quite familiar
with the entire symphony, but most are just familiar with the “Ode to
Joy” section which doesn’t even arrive until the fourth movement; and
actually not until halfway through that! Anyway, as I was listening to
my recording, it really hit me as to the amount of passion that
Beethoven wrote into his music. It is common knowledge that Beethoven
had lost most of his hearing by the time he had written his Ninth
Symphony. This may have actually aided the passion and inspiration he
was able to compose into his music. I imagine he heard more music inside
his head than he ever did with his ears.
We were fortunate two
years ago to present the Fort Wayne Philharmonic with the chorus,
including some of our local singers, along with soloists. What an
amazing experience it was to hear Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the
If you are looking for an inspirational experience this Saturday
night, I invite you to the Lima Civic Center to enjoy the Lima Symphony
Orchestra and Chorus in Beethoven’s magnificent Ninth Symphony. The
King’s Coronation by Handel is also programmed for Saturday night. Of
course, you all know the inspiration behind much of Handel’s music,
which gives me the opportunity to announce that Handel’s Messiah will be
performed this Christmas on December 14. Mark your calendars.
point of this entire column is not just to talk about Beethoven,
although he is one of the most fiery and passionate composers of all
time. While driving to Lima this week, I was listening to some Country
songs of singers we are looking at for next season at the Niswonger. I
was inspired by the lyrics of a particular song. A good Country song can
emit emotions when you add meaningful lyrics; something many of them do
On the other hand, the Van Wert High School theatre
department is performing the musical, “Foot Loose” this weekend.
Performances are at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The music
of this show helps tell a story that I think you will enjoy. The sets
and staging are absolutely first-rate! Come and see these talented and
Since we are talking about inspiration, the
Voices of Unity Youth Choir from Fort Wayne, Ind., will perform at the
Niswonger on Saturday, April 26. These youth from the Fort Wayne area
are the epitome of inspiration. Their vehicle of inspiration is music.
Many of these youth are inner-city youth and have found a refuge from
life’s problems through the ministry Marshall White offers through his
Unity program. You must come and see how so many of these young boys and
girls have made something good of their lives since becoming involved
in this program. It is truly amazing! Check the box office for the few
remaining seats for this show on April 26.
This is also a good
time to give a shout out to James DeFore, a young man from Van Wert who
is in both Footloose and Voices of Unity. Way to go, James!
Enjoy music of all kinds and be inspired!