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Concert season starts with a pop

The Richey Community Orchestra will start its five-concert season Nov. 9 with a show featuring singer Tom Tiratto and harmonica player Cliff Barnett.

The concert will be at the Pasco Schools Center for the Arts at River Ridge, a venue that the orchestra has played only a few times since it was built.

"Our audiences were getting so large, we had to move," said Denise Isaacson, the group's publicist. Until this year, most RCO shows were at the smaller Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center.

Tiratto will do a tribute to Frank Sinatra, singing several of the famous crooner's hits including New York, New York and My Way. Tiratto has performed at Busch Gardens in Tampa and supper clubs from Las Vegas to the Caribbean.

Barnett was a member of the Borrah Minevich Harmonica Rascals that appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Jackie Gleason Show, the Milton Berle Show and the Tonight Show with Steve Allen. Barnett won the Time-Warner Senior Talent Show for 1997 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. He appeared in the movies Cocoon and The Sting. He has been opening act for such performers as Connie Haines, Julius LaRosa, Lotaar Bergeest and Alex Butterfield. His career started when he won the Major Bowes Amateur Hour in 1938. He toured with the USO throughout Europe.

The orchestra also will play selections from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and from Marvin Hamlish in Concert.

Tickets are $7 and are available from the RCO box office, 6827 Amberjack Lane, Hudson, or call (813) 863-0068 or 868-3812. Advance reservations suggested.