Monday, April 23, 2018
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New arrangements highlight Hernando Symphony Orchestra's Spectrum concerts

BROOKSVILLE — What do the sounds of Elvis, Sinatra, Motown and some of television's greatest Western shows have in common?

They all will be among some of the new pieces the Hernando Symphony Orchestra performs during its Spectrum concerts this weekend at Central High School.

"Just about everything is new," said HSO conductor Michele DiLuzio. "Be prepared to have fun."

The concert will kick off with A Tribute to the King, with Elvis Presley songs such as Hound Dog and Love Me Tender.

"We're going to have something upbeat from the start," DiLuzio said.

The audience will have a chance to listen to pieces such as Sinatra's My Way, for which DiLuzio wrote the arrangement, and The Shadow of Your Smile, to which she added a "twist" to feature the flute section.

Another new purchase, Josh Groban Gold, will include The Prayer, You Raise Me Up and To Where You Are.

"It is such a beautiful medley and features the cello section," DiLuzio said. "Our five cellists have become a tight group. They have been phenomenal."

The concert's featured soloist will be Joshua McNeeley, who, at age 13, is the youngest member of the orchestra. He will play Monti's Czardas on violin, accompanied by Sylvia Leaman on piano, as well as the Theme from Schindler's List.

"His stage presence as a musician is impeccable," DiLuzio said. "Josh plays with the most passion and emotion."

The only pieces on the program that won't be new are Fiddler on the Roof, Broadway Tonight and Star Trek Through the Years.

"We are playing Star Trek in memory of and to pay tribute to Beth Sprouse," DiLuzio said. "It was her favorite."

Sprouse, who died last year, played flute and served as the orchestra's treasurer for many years.

The concert will close with Millennium, which is "a powerful piece," DiLuzio said. "It plays like an epic movie score."

The new music selections promise to be a treat for the audience and orchestra members alike.

"Not only does the orchestra get tired of playing the same music, but so does the audience," DiLuzio said.

Through the orchestra's Gift of Music program, patrons can donate toward the purchase of music, which costs about $100 per arrangement on average, but can be as much as $500 for one piece. In return, patrons have their names attached to the music.

"As a musician, it drove me insane having to play the same selections," DiLuzio said. But with all the new pieces, "the orchestra is excited," she said. "The audience will feel the energy. . . . It's going to be a great time."

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