HERNANDO BEACH — A Hernando Symphony Orchestra concert outdoors May?
Admittedly, it's a unique concept. But conductor Wayne Raymond is betting on a good turnout for the ensemble's first performance Sunday at the Hernando Beach Club.
Raymond admits the show is a little bit of a gamble.
"You don't know what the weather is going to be like," he said, "but the thought of being able to perform at sunset makes it worthwhile."
With the orchestra having just celebrated its 25th year, the outdoor concert reflects a desire to explore more outreach opportunities in the community.
"We're hoping to see a lot of new faces, people that have never made it to a regular performance," Raymond said. "I think we've got a good show for them."
Sunday's program, which will feature a nearly complete ensemble, will offer something of a mixed bag of selections from the past season.
The first half of the concert will include mostly popular music, from a medley of music by Henry Mancini to tunes from Broadway shows Evita and Phantom of the Opera. Guests for the performance will include vocalists Jason Yungmann and Randi Hoidalen Olsen, who will reprise their February performance of the song You Raise Me Up.
The second half of the concert will feature many of the patriotic numbers the orchestra has performed in recent years, including its popular medley of armed forces theme songs.
"I wanted to time it so that the more grander music comes at twilight," Raymond said.
Proceeds from the concert will go toward the orchestra's youth scholarship program.
Logan Neill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1435.