Make us your home page

Variety of genres to be represented in Hernando Symphony Orchestra concerts

“We are excited and grateful to be able to play so many new songs,” said conductor Michele DiLuzio.

Hernando Symphony Orchestra

“We are excited and grateful to be able to play so many new songs,” said conductor Michele DiLuzio.

BROOKSVILLE — Triumph of the Argonauts and Pinball Wizard. Two musical pieces that tell tales of victory, but the similarities end there, as the songs could not be more different.

One is a score from a motion picture about an ancient Greek quest to capture the Golden Fleece; the other is about a young pinball player's fight to conquer a silver ball.

Both will be featured when the Hernando Symphony Orchestra presents its "Spectrum" concerts this weekend — opening with Robert Sheldon's triumphant score, and closing with the Who's 1969 classic rock tune.

"It is such a great selection of songs," said Michele DiLuzio, the orchestra's conductor. "Everything is so big, it was hard to pick the placement."

The concert lives up to its name, with selections from all over the musical spectrum. It features a variety of musical genres, such as Moon River, Michael Jackson hits, a Disney Magic medley, Oklahoma, Maynard Ferguson hits and an original composition of Prairiesong. ("It's like How the West Was Won meets Little House on the Prairie," said DiLuzio.)

As a special treat, Laura Rieker will give a solo performance on the piccolo in Pennywhistle Jig, and there will be a guest performance by the newly formed Nature Coast Brass Quintet.

"We are excited and grateful to be able to play so many new songs," DiLuzio said. "Not only is it wonderful for the audience, but also for the orchestra."

The new pieces have been made possible through the orchestra's Gift of Music program, which allows patrons to purchase new music for the ensemble.

"We can't thank the audience enough for their participation," DiLuzio said. "They stepped it up and are really taking a stake in their orchestra."

Hernando Symphony Orchestra concerts

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and

Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Central High School

theater, 14075 Ken Austin

Parkway, west of Brooksville

Tickets: $15 for adults; $5 for K-12 students

Also: Doors open 90 minutes prior to the concert, when guests will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the conductor and musicians. Raffle tickets for a cash prize will be available, with proceeds going toward scholarships for student music lessons. Call (352) 515-6993 or visit

Variety of genres to be represented in Hernando Symphony Orchestra concerts 02/21/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:16pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Seasoned cast scores an extra-base hit for St. Petersburg Opera with 'Faust'


    TAMPA — Charles Gounod's Faust sets the table early. The world-weary philosopher immortalized in a dramatic poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is in his study, lamenting his state of affairs. He's willing to give away everything he has to be young again, even his soul.

    The St. Petersburg Opera Company begins its season with Faust, in a production seemingly aligned with the original intent of French composer Charles Gounod and librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carre. [St. Petersburg Opera Company]
  2. Blake High grad Taylor Trensch lands lead role in 'Dear Evan Hansen' on Broadway


    For those who saw Taylor Trensch grow up in Tampa, his rise from promising student to star is heartwarming and entirely predictable. In January, Trensch, 28, will be moving into the title role of Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, one of the hottest tickets in theater.

    Taylor Trensch, a 2007 Blake High graduate, will play the title role in Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen. Courtesy of Frank Trensch.
  3. A scene from "Epiphany."
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 22


    Clearwater Jazz Holiday: The Avett Brothers: The Avett Brothers, with their blend of folk, bluegrass and rock, lead the lineup. 1:30 p.m., Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $16 per day, $45 reserved, $170 VIP. (727) 461-5200.

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 15:  (L-R)  Joe Kwon, Bob Crawford, Seth Avett, and Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers pose for a portrait at the "May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers" Premiere - 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 15, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 21


    Conor Oberst: The Bright Eyes mastermind will be joined by opener, the Felice Brothers. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $30.50-$36. (727) 791-7400.

    Handout photo of Conor Oberst, performing Oct. 21 at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. Credit: Grandstand Media