Sunday, June 24, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

Conductor, soloist reunite for Hernando Symphony's holiday concerts

SPRING HILL — Morgan Burburan has known Wayne Raymond since she was an intern seven years ago at West Hernando Middle School.

Raymond was the school's band director and her supervising teacher. When Burburan was hired as the school's chorus teacher, Raymond served as her mentor.

But their working relationship did not end there.

Over the next several years, the two worked together in various musical productions, including several Stage West shows, such as 1776 (in which Burburan won a HAMI Award for her role as Martha Jefferson and Raymond for his role as John Adams) and Meshuggah-Nuns! The Ecumenical Nunsense, which Raymond directed and in which Burburan performed as Sister Mary Hubert.

While Raymond is now retired from teaching, and Burburan has moved on to become the director of choirs and musical theater at Weeki Wachee High School, the two are collaborating again.

Burburan will lend her soprano voice as the Hernando Symphony Orchestra performs its "Holiday Sounds" concerts this weekend at Stage West Community Playhouse.

"Morgan has a beautiful voice," said Raymond, the orchestra's conductor. "It is so nice to have her singing with us."

Burburan will sing favorites such as White Christmas, Gesu Bambino, Do You Hear What I Hear and Somewhere in My Memory.

While Burburan has sung with the orchestra in the past, this will be her first time as the lone vocalist.

"It's exciting," she admitted. "It really is an honor."

Burburan said singing with the orchestra is different than performing with piano accompaniment. When she sings Gesu Babino with the orchestra, the result is wonderful, she said.

"It is just a beautiful piece," she said. "It is so pretty."

The orchestra will also perform holiday favorites such as Gloria, Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, The Polar Express, O Holy Night and Christmas Lullaby. Raymond said the performance of Tintinabulations will be a special treat for the audience.

"It is Jingle Bells done in a lot of different styles," including Beethoven and swing sounds, the conductor said. "It's a real interesting piece."

Raymond also said Russian Christmas Music is something he anticipates the audience will enjoy.

"It is a real heavy piece," he said. "These are very different, and are not recognizable carols."

Keeping with tradition, the holiday concert will include a sing-along near the end of the performance.

Raymond said the orchestra, which has about 45 musicians, is sounding good.

"I'm lucky to have so many wonderful musicians in the area (who are part of the orchestra)," he said. "We have some strong principle players who are stable, which helps a lot."

Comments
Boy George, coming to Tampa with Culture Club, talks fame, Pulse and the term ‘LGBTQ’

Boy George, coming to Tampa with Culture Club, talks fame, Pulse and the term ‘LGBTQ’

It’ll still be June when Boy George arrives in Florida this week to kick off a summer U.S. tour with Culture Club. But the LGBTQ icon says it won’t feel quite like a Pride parade. "I also bake cakes for straight people," he laughed. "Tha...
Published: 06/22/18
Luke Bryan talks love, acceptance and his growing depth before Tampa stop

Luke Bryan talks love, acceptance and his growing depth before Tampa stop

It’s been awhile since Luke Bryan crashed our party. The country music superstar who has racked up awards hasn’t blessed us ’round these parts in awhile. Bryan last played Tampa back in 2015. "We played many multiple nights at the (MidFlorida Credit ...
Published: 06/21/18
Ticket window: Comedy Get Down, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Gladys Knight and more

Ticket window: Comedy Get Down, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Gladys Knight and more

Tickets for the following events go on sale this week: • Comedy Get Down with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and George Lopez, 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, $25-$125, on sale at 10 a.m....
Published: 06/20/18
Big concerts this weekend: Luke Bryan, Hall and Oates, Weezer, Logic and more

Big concerts this weekend: Luke Bryan, Hall and Oates, Weezer, Logic and more

HIS KIND OF NIGHT: Luke BryanIt’s been three long years since Tampa has seen the well-groomed hide of Luke Bryan, the Hollywoodiest hunk in Nashville. But he’s about to make up for lost time. On Saturday he’ll headline his biggest-ever show here, a b...
Published: 06/20/18
Clearwater Jazz Holiday lineup: Doobie Brothers, George Thorogood, Sheila E. and more

Clearwater Jazz Holiday lineup: Doobie Brothers, George Thorogood, Sheila E. and more

Get ready to break out your finest purple during this year's Clearwater Jazz Holiday.A night celebrating Prince, led by proteges Sheila E. and Morris Day and the Time, will be among the highlights of this year's 39th annual Jazz Holiday, Oct. 18-21 i...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/20/18
SoundBytes: Alice in Chains, David Sedaris, Israel Houghton and more

SoundBytes: Alice in Chains, David Sedaris, Israel Houghton and more

— Alice in Chains are heading back out on the road, and they're coming to Orlando. They'll play the House of Blues on Oct. 27. Tickets are $49.50 and up. Click here.— Gospel great Israel Houghton is coming to the Straz Center on Oct. 12. ...
Published: 06/19/18
Review: On ‘Everything Is Love,’ Beyonce and Jay-Z emerge from chaos defiant, triumphant

Review: On ‘Everything Is Love,’ Beyonce and Jay-Z emerge from chaos defiant, triumphant

In 2016 Beyoncé dropped Lemonade, a culture-quaking song cycle about her troubled marriage to Jay-Z, and more broadly about the black female experience in America. It was her best and most meaningful work, and it was nominated for Album of the Year a...
Published: 06/19/18
XXXTentacion, controversial Florida rapper and singer, shot dead at 20

XXXTentacion, controversial Florida rapper and singer, shot dead at 20

The last words posted to XXXTentacion's Instagram Stories on Monday afternoon: "planning a charity event for this weekend Florida!"Whatever it was, it would have been huge. The 20-year-old singer-rapper was among the biggest — and most controve...
Published: 06/18/18
SoundBytes: Mat Kearney, Gladys Knight, Big Boi, Ski Mask the Slump God and more

SoundBytes: Mat Kearney, Gladys Knight, Big Boi, Ski Mask the Slump God and more

— Singer-songwriter Mat Kearney is returning to the Ritz Ybor on Sept. 27, with Atlas Genius opening. Tickets start at $26.50. Click here for details.— Also coming to the Ritz Ybor in September: South Florida rapper (and a new member of X...
Published: 06/18/18
George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, more bringing Comedy Get Down tour to Tampa

George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, more bringing Comedy Get Down tour to Tampa

Nothing like outdoor comedy on a mid-November night in Florida, right?Okay, so it's not a club or theater or even an arena, and it rarely hosts comedy shows of any kind. Still, the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre will bring a host of fans when t...
Published: 06/18/18