“The Lima Symphony Orchestra will kick off its new ‘Focus Forward’ season with conductor Nadège Foofat’s program ‘Songs for Our New World,’ ” writes Tara Jones in Thursday’s (10/10 Lima News (Lima, OH). “Foofat’s program will focus on music written in the United States or inspired by its culture…. Jennifer Higdon’s ‘Blue Cathedral,’ Aaron Copland’s ‘Old American Songs,’ and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 … ‘The music was chosen for its range,’ … Foofat explained. ‘Each piece represents not only a different aspect of American life, but a different era of American life. We’ve got over 100 years of music represented.’ … Foofat described ‘Old American Songs’ as an arrangement of ‘catchy tunes’ that are ‘fun and humorous.’ The orchestra will be joined by baritone Jeremiah Sanders for this arrangement. For Foofat, this program embodies her goal as a musical director—to highlight great works that may have been overlooked historically and to bring new music to life.” Nadège Foofat participated in the League of American Orchestras’ 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. She is one of seven Lima Symphony music director candidates during the 2019-20 season; the others are Enrico Lopez-Yañez, Roger Kalia, Brian Eads, Andrew Crust, Steven Jarvi, and James Blachly.
Posted October 15, 2019