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Music and festival calendar is ample

Summer is over, and calendars are quickly filling up with local events and entertainment.

In August, the Steppin' Out page featured the 2004-05 seasons for several area theaters.

Today, we present schedules for orchestras, performing arts guilds and other groups that present musical entertainment. At the end is a list of festival and special events through the end of the year.

Some organizations have not yet completed their planning, so keep checking this page for weekly updates.

HERNANDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The orchestra has its concerts at the Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, and at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Individual performances are $10. Season tickets are $27. Call 683-4404 for information.

The season opens with "Holiday Traditions" shows at 2 p.m. Nov. 28 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Springstead and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hernando.

The orchestra's second concert series, "Salute to Our Nation," will feature French horn soloist Elaine Chipurn. Shows are 2 p.m. Feb. 20 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Springstead and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Hernando.

The season closes with "Hernando Pops," featuring soloist Tony Chipurn on trombone, and winners of the orchestra's annual Young Artist Competition. Shows are 7:30 p.m. April 16 and 2 p.m. April 17 at Hernando and 7:30 p.m. April 19 at Springstead.

HERNANDO JAZZ SOCIETY

Concerts are at 1:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at SNPJ Lodge 778, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Admission is $5 for nonmembers. Light refreshments are available. Call 596-8555.

Oct. 10: Open membership jam session

Nov. 14: Barry Nelson All-Stars

Dec. 12: Christmas jam session

Jan. 16: Barry Nelson Big Band

Feb. 13: Valentine dance

March 13: Open membership jam session

April 10: Hudson Middle School jazz band

May 15: Open membership jam session

HERNANDO PERFORMING ARTS GUILD

Performances are at 7 p.m. at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Av., Brooksville. Individual shows are $18. Season tickets are $60. For information, call 799-5577.

Nov. 13: Smokey Joe's Cafe

Jan. 14: Patsy Cline, starring Leanne Williams with Charley Raymond

Feb. 5: Steve Soloman with Carol Stein

March 18: The Lowe Family

COMMUNITY PERFORMING ARTS GUILD

Concerts are at 3 and 7 p.m. at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are free and are distributed in advance. Donations are taken at the performances to pay for future shows. Call 596-9263 for information. Season subscriptions are $50, or $100 for a couple. For information about subscriptions, call 544-1068 or 596-6143.

Oct. 23: Melodies of Broadway

Nov. 6: Paul Todd, keyboard artist

Jan. 8: Martin Preston as Liberace

Jan. 21: Glen Draper Singers

Feb. 5: Hector Olivera (subscribers-only show at 3 p.m.).

Feb. 26: Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony chorus

March 12: Tom Walsh and the Indiana Jazz Quintet

March 19: Eckerd Concert Choir and Eckerd Ringers

PASCO-HERNANDO COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION

Shows are at 2 p.m. Saturdays at the PHCC Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Individual shows are $13 to $17; any five shows are $64 to $72; any seven shows, $87 to $98; and all 10 shows, $120 to $135.

Season tickets are available only for Sections 2-7, not the portable floor seats. Group rates are available.

Tickets are sold at the West Campus Bookstore in New Port Richey from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; by phone at (727) 816-3707 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays; and at the center box office before each show.

Nov. 20: Tribute to the Platters (Only You, Harbor Lights, The Great Pretender).

Dec. 11: 42nd Street Band's Tribute to Mel Torme and a Christmas Show

Jan. 15: Joann Castle, ragtime and honky-tonk piano

Jan. 29: A Tribute to Patsy Cline by Leanne Williams

Feb. 5: The Sounds of Harry James and the Andrews Sisters, with Charly Raymond

Feb. 12: 42nd Street Band's Tribute to Bobby Darin by Gary Edwards

Feb. 19: Nunsense, a musical comedy

Feb. 26: The River Rats, musical variety and comedy show

March 19: Jack Greene and Candi Carpenter, country music

March 26: The Lowe Family from Branson, Mo., singing bluegrass to Bach to Broadway

ARIPEKA ELKS

Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 is at 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. All shows are on Saturdays. Dinner is at 6, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Prime seats are $22; general seating is $20, tax included. Reservations are required and may be made in the secretary's office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.

Oct. 2: The Robin Roth One-Woman Show

Nov. 13: Hollywood on Tour

Dec. 11: A Tribute to Liberace, starring Martin Preston

Jan. 15: The Shenanigans

Feb. 19: New Orleans Meets Tin Pan Alley, starring Hopkins and Miller and a live band

March 12: The Lowe Family

THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA

Performances are at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, Town Center Road, New Port Richey, at 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $63 to $72 for all three concerts or $21.50 to $26.50 for individual ones. Call (813) 286-2403 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Buy online at www.floridaorchestra.org and click on "Sunday Matinee."

Oct. 24: The French Connection, Susan Haig, conductor, featuring Anna Kate Mackle on harp

Dec. 5: "Tis the Season for Colorful Music! Kathrine Weintraub on alto saxophone

April 10: Season Highlights, with Stefan Sanderling, conductor, and Amy Schwartz Moretti on violin

FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Oct. 8-10: 27th Hernando County Barbecue and Rodeo Festival, Hernando County Airport

Oct. 9-10: Hernando Beach Seafood Festival, Hernando Beach Yacht Club

Oct. 9-16: Brooksville Founders Week Celebration, downtown Brooksville

Oct. 21-24: 12th annual Ethnic Festival, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Spring Hill

Oct. 22-23: Haunted House and Halloween Bash, Hernando County Fairgrounds

Oct. 22-24: Native American Festival, Withlacoochee State Park, Dade City

Oct. 24: Costume Party and Dance, Jerome Brown Community Center, Brooksville

Nov. 5-7: Hudson Seafest, Pasco Horseman Association, 7515 State Road 52, Hudson

Nov. 6: Pioneer Day, Chinsegut Nature Center, Brooksville

Nov. 12-14: Riverhawk Rhythm Festival, Sertoma Youth Ranch, Spring Lake

Nov. 20-21: Spring Hill Art League Fall Harvest of Art, Weeki Wachee Springs

Nov. 25-28: Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival, Sertoma Youth Ranch, Spring Lake

Dec. 3-4: Christmas Festival of Trees, downtown Brooksville

Dec. 31: Tangerine Time New Year's Eve Family Festival, Jerome Brown Community Center, Brooksville

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