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Hernando Symphony Orchestra and Stage West get together for Sunday concert

SPRING HILL — A community theater and a community orchestra. It could be a union that — pardon the cliche — makes beautiful music together.

This weekend will be a test run as the Hernando Symphony Orchestra presents "HSO Goes Stage West" in a matinee performance Sunday.

The concert will include the full orchestra and a handful of vocalists, including familiar Stage West performers Dalton Benson, Leanne Germann, Mitch Gonzalez, Morgan Burburan and Ryan Bintz.

The first half will include music from The King and I, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Grease and Les Miserables.

"There will also be a Guys and Dolls ensemble that brings back all the soloists (at the end of the concert)," said orchestra conductor Wayne Raymond.

The show's second half will feature Memory from Cats, sung by Burburan; The Phantom of the Opera with Germann singing as Christine, Gonzalez as Raoul, Bintz as Erik (the Phantom) and Morgan as a friend of Christine; Miss Saigon; Me; and Jekyll & Hyde.

Me, from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, is sung by Gonzalez as the egotistical Gaston, with some lines by Burburan as Belle.

"It is really good," Raymond promises.

From Jekyll & Hyde, Germann will sing Someone Like You, and Bintz will sing This is the Moment.

"Ryan played the lead in Stage West's production of Jekyll & Hyde (several years ago)," Raymond said. "He has a phenomenal voice."

Raymond said the purpose of Sunday's show is twofold:

The primary goal is to raise money for Stage West, which is handling marketing and ticket sales for the orchestra's 2011-12 season. Secondly, the performance is "an experiment," Raymond said, to see if the stage works well for the orchestra.

The orchestra's current venues — Springstead Theater and the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center — both have larger stages than Stage West.

"If all goes well, and we fit okay on the stage, we're hoping in the future to move all our concerts to Stage West," Raymond said. "The stage is a little smaller than the high schools', but I am confident it will work. … Both parties are excited."

For now, the orchestra's performances will remain at the two high schools. The only change is with ticket sales. To purchase season and individual tickets to the orchestra's 2011-12 season, patrons can now stop by or call the Stage West box office.

In the past, orchestra ticket sales were handled by volunteers.

"Sometimes, the volunteer was not always available," Raymond said. "This way, folks now can stop by the box office at set times and be able to buy their tickets."

The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 2011-12 concert season with its "Sounds of the Season" holiday concerts Nov. 29 and Dec. 4 at Springstead Theater and Dec. 10 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center. The "Best of Broadway" concerts will be in February, and the "Classics for All Ages" concerts will take place in April.

Season tickets are $30, and individual concert tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. All can be purchased at the Stage West box office, which is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and one hour before showtimes.

.If you go

Hernando Symphony Orchestra Goes Stage West

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Stage West Community Playhouse, 8370 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill

Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for students

Call: (352) 683-5113

Hernando Symphony Orchestra and Stage West get together for Sunday concert 09/22/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 22, 2011 2:20pm]

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