Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Hernando Symphony Orchestra closes season with 'Light Classics'

BROOKSVILLE — Their sounds are familiar to ears both young and old, often heard on television shows, cartoons and in movies.

But audiences often are unaware that the light pieces are actually classical masterpieces, created by some of the world's greatest composers.

Some of those sounds — including Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusic — will come to life this weekend when the Hernando Symphony Orchestra wraps up the 2015-16 season with its "Light Classics" concerts.

"You hear them on old cartoons, TV and radio commercials, especially Looney Tunes," orchestra conductor Michele DiLuzio said. "They are exciting pieces that are not too heavy or too long."

Other selections will include Rossini's William Tell Overture, most widely known as the theme to the classic television series The Lone Ranger; Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5; Procession of the Sardar; Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, Russian Sailor's Dance, Light Cavalry Overture, The Poet and the Peasant Overture, and The March and Procession of Bacchus. The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

"Each piece has a lyrical side to it," DiLuzio said. "They have beautiful, energetic sections."

The concert will include a performance by this year's Young Artist winner, 17-year-old Riley Rossiter, who is also part of the orchestra's violin section.

Rossiter will give a solo performance of Zigeunerweisen, also known as Gypsy Airs, by Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate. She will be accompanied by Sylvia Leaman on piano.

"This is Riley's second and last season with us before she leaves for college," DiLuzio said. "She has really blossomed in such a short time."

As the season comes to an end, DiLuzio said she is proud of some of the changes that have been made, including the Gift of Music program that allows patrons to purchase new music for the orchestra; the meet-and-greets with orchestra members an hour prior to each performance, and, most notably, the orchestra's new venue at Central High School.

"We couldn't be happier," DiLuzio said. "The sound is great. I wander around in the theater (during dress rehearsals), and I can hear every section. The audience has picked up on this as well."

DiLuzio credits the improved sound and lighting to Central teacher Leonard Budd and his students.

"Mr. Budd and his students accommodate all our needs and then some," DiLuzio said.

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