The Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Superman and Harry Potter films are favorites among young and old alike. And the musical scores to the movies are just as popular.
Keeping a younger audience in mind, and with music from all of those movies on the program, the Hernando Symphony Orchestra will present its "Out of This World" winter concert series, starting with a matinee performance Sunday and an evening performance Tuesday at Springstead Theater in Spring Hill. Another evening performance will be Feb. 26 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center in Brooksville.
"All the selections are fun," said orchestra conductor Wayne Raymond. "All are upbeat, robust numbers with some beautiful stuff in them."
Sticking with the theme, Raymond said all of the music for the concerts is from movies and shows that are science fiction- or fantasy-related — "not of this world." He said selections such as the Concert Suite from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the Empire Strikes Back medley, Theme from E.T., Jurassic Park and even the Superman March should be recognized by all ages. "The kids should enjoy the show," he said. And the older crowd won't be disappointed either.
"Many kids just don't have any idea that these movie themes they listen to are actually classical music" selections, Raymond said. "We just want to expose them to it."
Numbers such as the Wizard of Oz medley, Star Trek Through the Years, Somewhere in Time and even Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra, made famous in the 1960s film 2001 A Space Odyssey, should bring back memories for older pat rons. Raymond said that another classic, Jupiter — Bringer of Jollity (from The Planets), should be recognized by many.
Drawing younger crowds is a goal not only in the symphony's audience, but also for the ensemble itself, Raymond said.
He noted that once this concert series is finished, the orchestra will stage its annual Young Artist Competition. Winners will perform for the orchestra's spring concert series in April, which will focus on American composers.