A Charlie Brown Christmas and the The Polar Express. Christmas carols and Auld Lang Syne. O Christmas Tree, Silent Night and The Twelve Days of Christmas. All are staples of the winter holidays, and none will be excluded as the Hernando Symphony Orchestra rings in the season with its Holiday 2010 Concert.
"We hope this will get everyone in the jolly mood," said orchestra conductor Wayne Raymond.
The first concert will be Tuesday at Springstead Theater in Spring Hill, with another Dec. 5 at the same location. The final performance will be Dec. 11 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center in Brooksville.
This year's holiday concert will be a treat, Raymond said, as it will feature vocalist Leanne Germann, who has directed and starred in a number of musical productions — most recently as director of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — at Stage West Community Playhouse.
"Leanne has such a fantastic voice. It's so heavenly," Raymond said. "We're fortunate to have her."
Germann will sing Somewhere in My Memory by John Williams, a holiday song from the film Home Alone. She sang it several years ago with the orchestra.
"So gorgeous," Raymond said of Germann's rendition.
Germann also will sing Gesu Gambino and Franz Schubert's Ave Maria.
Concert patrons will be treated to a number of pieces new to the orchestra. Included will be Fantasy on Auld Lang Syne. The four verses in the piece have been changed, each sounding a bit more contemporary than the classic version. Raymond describes the piece as "intriguing."
Also new will be the Christmas Medley. Although familiar, the arrangements are different and more contemporary. The Polar Express is a "very fast, exciting piece," Raymond said.
And when the orchestra performs Blessed Are They by Johannes Brahms, the conductor said, patrons will want to "sit back, relax and just think of wonderful Christmases they have had. … It is like a beautiful chorus is singing it. It just sounds lush."
The orchestra will end its holiday concert as it traditionally does, with Let There Be Peace on Earth.
To help put everyone in the holiday spirit, the concert will feature a sing-along of Christmas carols.
"The sing-along is a favorite with the audience," Raymond said. "Everyone loves to do it. … And, you can say that you sang with an orchestra."