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Richey Community Orchestra to host Mother's Day dinner, show

John Wilson, a featured performer at Busch Gardens, will be the guest singer at the Richey Community Orchestra’s dinner concert May 8.

Courtesy of John Wilson

John Wilson, a featured performer at Busch Gardens, will be the guest singer at the Richey Community Orchestra’s dinner concert May 8.

Richey Community Orchestra is trying something new and different for its last concert of the 2010-2011 season on Mother's Day.

"We're having a dinner concert at Spartan Manor," said Denise Isaacson, president and executive director of the orchestra. In past years, the final concert has been in an auditorium of some kind.

"It will be like the one we do in December," the Christmas concert, Ms. Isaacson said. "That's become a very popular event, always sells out, so we thought we would try for the same thing for Mother's Day" on May 8.

A cash bar opens at 1 p.m., dinner of roast beef or chicken at 1:30 p.m., and the show at 3 p.m. Reservations must be made by noon Wednesday.

The theme of the RCO concert will be Broadway and pop tunes. The guest performer is John Wilson, a featured performer at Busch Gardens who has toured with the group Re-Creation (America's Ambassadors to Hospitalized Veterans). He has performed in a variety of shows and been ringmaster with some of the biggest names in the circus world. (He's also a few decades younger than the well-liked TV news anchor.)

The program includes Memory from Cats; Till There Was You from The Music Man, Surrey with the Fringe on Top from Oklahoma! and Edelweiss from The Sound of Music. There will also be the tunes You Raise Me Up, the 1967 Frankie Valli hit, Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, and many others.

Conductors Derek Weston and Robert Boyd will also lead the 50-member orchestra in music from My Fair Lady, Mame, and Guys and Dolls, as well as a medley of songs by Duke Ellington, including Caravan, Solitude, Mood Indigo and Sophisticated Lady.

"It's a nice way to end our season," Ms. Isaacson said.

>>Fast facts

Mother's Day Dinner Concert

Where: Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey

When: Cash bar, 1 p.m.; dinner, 1:30 p.m.; show, 3 p.m.

Tickets: Dinner and show, $30. Reservations required by noon Wednesday at the RCO box office at 6827 Amberjack Lane, Hudson, or by calling Denise Isaacson at (727) 919-3866.

Richey Community Orchestra to host Mother's Day dinner, show 04/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011 5:12pm]

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