Monday, April 23, 2018
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Hernando Symphony finishes season with Broadway and more

SPRING HILL — When Hernando Symphony Orchestra's conductor Wayne Raymond and assistant conductor Michele DiLuzio got together earlier this year to put together the orchestra's last concert of the season, they weren't quite sure what to select as a theme.

They agreed on several selections from Broadway hits such as Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess and A Chorus Line. Then they added some other types of music: Variations on a Shaker Melody, Olympic Spirit and Rainy Day Medley.

So, for its season finale, the orchestra will present Broadway and Beyond during three performances this weekend at Stage West Community Playhouse.

"We have some really nice Broadway songs, but that's just a part of (the concerts)," said Raymond.

To celebrate this year's Winter Olympics, Raymond said he selected tunes such as Olympic Spirit and Dare to Dream. And, as a new challenge, the orchestra will be playing Aaron Copland's Variations on a Shaker Melody, an excerpt from Appalachian Spring.

"Someday, I would love to do the whole Appalachian Spring," Raymond said. "It's wonderful."

The audience also will have a chance to enjoy "light" classical music with Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

"It's a tune everyone will recognize," Raymond said. "It's a really fun piece to do and to listen to."

The concerts feature a trombone solo by Vone Gonzalez, who will take on Italian composer Vittorio Monti's Czardas. Gonzalez, 20, performed with the orchestra for a few years during high school and continues to perform with pit orchestras and other groups throughout the area.

"Vone is an amazing trombone player," Raymond said. "I've known of him since he was in middle school, because he was great back then. He's a natural-born player."

A trumpet trio — including DiLuzio, Mark George and Daniel Mercier — will perform Bugler's Holiday.

After this weekend's concerts, folks will have one last chance to catch the orchestra — at the group's annual beach concert, which will be April 12 at the Hernando Beach Club in Hernando Beach.

The outdoor concert at dusk will include pieces the orchestra has performed in the past season, along with some "water-themed" music such as Pirates of the Caribbean.

"The beach concert has become very, very popular," Raymond said. "It really is a nice way to end the season."

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