Lima, OH (January 12, 2023) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra kick off the new year with their popular “candlelight” concerts in historic churches and venues. This year the orchestra presents “Harp by candlelight“ in Lima Trinity United Methodist Church (301 W Market St, Lima, OH 45801) on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m and at Saint Marys in the newly restored Grand Opera House (119 W Spring St, St Marys, OH 45885) on Sunday, January 22 at 4:00 p.m.
The Lima Symphony is full of top-notch talent, and when possible, the Symphony highlights players in its ranks with outstanding solo performances or spotlights. Maestro Andrew Crust writes: “The greatest strength of the LSO is its musicians. We are so fortunate to have world-class artists in the Lima Symphony sharing their talents with the wider community, and this January we are privileged to feature some of these musicians as soloists, performing some of classical music’s most beloved pieces in two opulent, inspirational, candle-filled venues. You won’t want to miss the incredible musicianship of our very own LSO artists!” This year, Lima Symphony members Alix Raspé Gray (harp), Erin Torres (flute) and Carmen Granger (viola) performwill be the focus of a series of works. Raspé joined the orchestra in 2021 and is currently in her 2nd formnd season as solo harpist. Torres also joined the orchestra in 2021 and is currently in her 2nd seasonnd season and main flute, and Granger is in her 4th seasonth season as solo violist.
- Arvo Pärt – Brothers for Strings and Percussion
- Claude Debussy – Mvt. 3 finals from the Sonata for flute, viola and harp
- Claude Debussy – Syrinx for solo flute
- Claude Debussy – Danse sacrée et danse profane, for harp and strings
- Gustav Mahler – Mvt. 4 Adagio from Symphony No. 5
- Wolfgang A Mozart – Mvt. 2 Andantino from Concerto for Harp and Flute KV 299/297c
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Mvt. I Pezzo in Forma di Sonatina from Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48
Adult $20/Student $10 – general admission for all seats
Mercer County Civic Foundation
Tickets can be purchased online at www.limasymphony.com or by calling the symphony office at 419-222-5701.
the Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to maintaining musical excellence as a vibrant part of our community. Serving communities throughout West Central Ohio, the Lima Symphony presents five subscription concerts annually, a family concert, music by candlelight concerts, and an annual New Year’s Eve pops concert.
For more information about the Lima Symphony Orchestra or for tickets, please contact the Lima Symphony Orchestra at 419-222-5701 or www.limasymphony.com.
Alix Rasp, Carmen Granger and dr Erin Helgeson Torres
Alix Raspé Grey, known professionally as Alix Raspéis an award-winning solo and orchestral harpist, chamber musician, educator and musical entrepreneur.
Raspé is currently Adjunct Harp Professor for Phillips Academy Andover, Substitute Harpist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Associate Harpist for the Columbus Symphony, and Principal Harpist for the Lima Symphony Orchestra. From 2017-2018 Raspé was Associate Harpist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Raspé also currently teaches and coaches at Chamber Music Connection and Brookside Music School.
Raspé has received numerous awards as a soloist, including the Annapolis Music Festival Maestro Award for Outstanding Soloist at the Age of 13, the NYU Excellence in String Performance and Leadership Award, and the NYU Orchestral Excellence Award. In 2015, Raspé was the winner of the NYU String Competition. In 2016, Raspé became the first runner-up in the New England Conservatory’s lower string concert competition. As an orchestral harpist, Raspé has performed with the New World Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, NY Pops, Symphony of New Hampshire, Symphoria, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Harvard Bach Society, LoftOpera, Park Avenue Symphony, Chelsea Symphony and QUO.
Raspé has performed with artists such as Michael Bolton, Roger Daltrey of The Who, MAX on Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Late Loft Opera Show with James Corden and iHeartRadio, WOSU Classical and has been on the soundtrack of RuPaul’s Drag Races (Season 5) and in the Movie Reservation Road.
Raspé has participated in such prestigious music festivals as: Tanglewood Music Center (Harp Fellow), Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute (Harp Fellow), MusicAlp, Saratoga Harp Colony, Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, and Interlochen. Raspé has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Symphony Hall, Juilliard’s Paul and Morse Hall, NEC’s Jordan Hall and Symphony Space.
Raspé received her Masters in Harp Performance from Pi Kappa Lambda at the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Jessica Zhou. Raspé received her Bachelor of Music degree from New York University with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies, where she studied with Bridget Kibbey. Before attending NYU, Raspé attended Juilliard Pre-College where she studied with June Han.
Raspé currently resides in New Hampshire with her husband Erik and their Miniature Australian Shepherds Ollie and Indie.
Carmen Granger is an orchestral musician and educator in the Midwest and has performed with many symphony orchestras and opera houses in Ohio, Kentucky, Arkansas, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. She is currently principal violist of the Lima Symphony Orchestra and has been principal violist of the Western Piedmont Symphony, Carolina Philharmonic, Fayetteville Symphony and assistant principal violist of the Greensboro Symphony and the Durham Symphony. A champion of new music, Granger is currently a violist with New Downbeat – an all-female new music ensemble in Cincinnati.
In recent years, Granger has performed at the Durham Performing Arts Center as a guest on the MGP Live Tour of The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses (2017), Distant Worlds: The Music from Final Fantasy (2018) and The National Music Festival (2019/2021). ). Granger received her bachelor’s degree in viola from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her master’s degree in viola from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is currently an employee at Antonio Violina and Ukuleles in Cincinnati and in her free time enjoys disc golf, baking and playing with her two cats. Yuffie and Clementine.
Highly regarded as an educator, clinician, soloist, specialist in new music, chamber and orchestral musicians, flutist dr Erin Helgeson Torres Performed and taught throughout the United States and abroad in the UK, France, Austria, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, China and Canada. She is currently visiting professor of music at Ohio Northern University, where she teaches the[EB1] Flute studio and various musicological courses. She is on the Art Faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan and the founder of the Mid-Ohio Flute Intensive, now in its sixth season.
Torres is honored to be in her second year as Principal Flute with the Lima Symphony Orchestra. She is also second flutist/piccolo with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, principal flutist with the Worthington Chamber Orchestra and Queen City Opera, and principal flutist with the Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble, a contemporary music ensemble. She appears regularly with various regional orchestras, including the West Virginia, Louisville, Central Ohio, Springfield and Westerville symphonies and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She also performs in the flute/saxophone duet tower duo with her husband, Dr. Michael Torres. Their debut album CROSSWIND was released in January 2019 under the Ravello label for Parma Recordings.
Active as a soloist, Torres most recently completed a performance tour of the Balkans as a solo artist as part of the Derek Han Tribute Concert Series sponsored by the US Embassy. She has appeared as a concert soloist with the North Macedonia Philharmonic Orchestra in Skopje, North Macedonia and Pristina, Kosovo and with the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Theater of Opera and Ballet in Tirana, Albania in celebration of the 100th anniversary of theth Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the USA and Albania. She performed as a guest soloist with the Lima Area Concert Band in early summer 2022 and will be visiting China for the third time in the near future, this time with her Ensemble Tower Duo.
Torres conducted her doctoral research in Dijon, France and holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati, the College-Conservatory of Music, Ohio State University, and Stetson University. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her saxophonist husband Michael and rescued ex-racer greyhound Arwen.
the TUMC community was founded in 1829. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, TUMC had various locations in downtown Lima and in 1909 moved to its current location at the corner of Market Street and West Street. The current building, completed in 1912, was built in the Tudor Gothic style. Over the decades the church has been remodeled several times to accommodate the growing congregation and the addition of services, most recently in 2016 the distinctive stained glass windows were restored.
the historic Opera House in Saint Marys was first opened in November 1895. Considered one of the best old theaters still in existence in the United States, it was still used for movies and live performances until about 2015. Recently the Opera House underwent extensive renovations returning it to its former glory. The LSO is looking forward to performing at one of the first concerts since the renovation.