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LET THERE BE SONG! AND ART

School is back in session, we've weathered the first serious hurricane threat, and now it's time to fill your datebooks with still more shows, concerts and strolls through art galleries. - To help with the planning, Diversions offers Season 2 (Season 1 appeared on Aug. 15), a list of concerts, shows and art exhibits. - This is by no means an exhaustive listing; other performing and visual arts groups will release their schedules as they are confirmed. When they do, Diversions will let you know.

Richey Community Orchestra

Office: 6827 Amberjack Lane, Hudson

(727) 919-3866

Richey Community Orchestra will perform six concerts in the 2008-09 season. Tickets are $15 for concerts, $30 for the dinner show and Christmas show. All shows are at 3 p.m., except the dinner show, at 1 p.m.

Nov. 16: "Sensational Sisters," tributes to the Andrews Sisters and the McGuire Sisters. Center for the Arts at River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey.

Dec. 14: "Christmas in Tinsel Town," dinner show featuring Lothar Bergeest. Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Reservations required.

Jan. 18: "First Ladies of Jazz," featuring Katt Hefner. Knights of Columbus Hall, K of C Drive (east of U.S. 19, one street south of Ridge Road), Port Richey. Reservations required.

Feb. 15: "That's Amore!" featuring Susan Falcone and John Smitherman. Center for the Arts at River Ridge.

March 15: "Songs of Richard Rodgers," with guest singers to be announced. Center for the Arts at River Ridge.

April 19: "Super Sixties," featuring Charly Raymond and Marty Thompson. Center for the Arts at River Ridge.

Frank Parsons BIG Band

Richey Suncoast Theatre

6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey

(727) 842-6777

The 17-member Frank Parsons BIG Band will perform eight concerts in 2008-09. Individual shows are $9, reserved seating.

All eight shows go for $56; five shows from December through April are $35. The theater box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. a week before and during a regularly scheduled theatrical presentation. Or call the theater and leave a message.

Oct. 22: "Fall Oktoberfest Celebration"

Nov. 19: "School Days in Autumn"

Dec. 10: "A Big Band Christmas"

Jan. 21: "Good Golly Gershwin!"

Feb. 18: "Were You My Valentine?"

March 18: "You Heard It On Broadway"

April 15: "Blue, Blues & Bluer (Tax Time)"

May 13: "Big Band Heyday Classics"

Thursday Musicale

5151 Rowan Road, New Port Richey

For six decades, the Thursday Musicale women's choral group has presented concerts from October through April. The 50-member nonsectarian group performs at the Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road, New Port Richey.

Except for Dec. 7, the concerts are free, but an offering is accepted to provide scholarships to high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in music.

The concerts are at 2 p.m. and include one or more guest performers.

Oct. 2: Tom Hale and Henry Fletcher on trumpet

Nov. 6: Stan Prinston

Dec. 4: Genesis Bell Ringers; Expressions, the Dance Company

Dec. 7: Holiday program with John and Mary K. Wilson, $5

Jan. 8: Special solo concert to be announced

Feb. 5: Paul Gibson, baritone

March 5: High school scholarship winners

April 2: The Jubilee Singers

May 7: May Fling luncheon and program with special guest; time and place to be announced

Hernando Symphony Orchestra

Springstead Theatre

3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill

(352) 597-9555

The 65-member Hernando Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 25th season with three special concerts featuring music from the past 25 years.

Saturday and Tuesday concerts are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday concerts are at 2 p.m. Saturday concerts are at Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Tuesday and Sunday concerts are at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $12 individually or$30 for all three concerts.

Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 2: "25 Years of Holiday Sounds," featuring the Bells of St. Frances Handbell Choir and a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Feb. 14, 22 and 24: "25 Years of Favorites," featuring the percussion section and guest singers in excerpts from Phantom of the Opera and Let Freedom Ring.

April 18, 26 and 28: "25 Years of Classics," featuring winners of the Young Artist Auditions.

Nature Coast Festival Singers

Spring Hill

Nature Coast Festival Singers begin rehearsingMondayfor three Christmas concerts at area churches. The concerts contain the Christmas choruses from George Frideric Handel's Messiah and other seasonal selections. The concerts are free, but an offering is accepted for the Ayer Memorial scholarships for Hernando County students who plan to pursue a music education.

All concerts are at 3 p.m.

Nov. 23: Nativity Lutheran Church, just north of State Road 50 and U.S. 19, Weeki Wachee

Nov. 30: Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville

Dec. 7: First United Methodist Church, 8831 Bradshaw Blvd., Homosassa

Hernando Performing Arts Center

700 Bell Ave. (off Howell Avenue), Brooksville

(352) 799-5577

The Hernando Performing Arts Center will present an eclectic program for 2008-09. Individual shows are $25; all five shows are $70 (a $55 savings), all seats reserved. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; shows are at 7 p.m.

Nov. 8: Alma de Espana, flamenco dancers and musicians

Dec. 5: Entertainment Review, 20 singer-dancers

Jan. 18: Adbacadabra, the ABBA Tribute Band

Feb. 27: Barbra & Frank, tribute to Streisand and Sinatra

March 28: Jimmy Keys, music, comedy, impressions

Community Performing Arts Guild

Mariner United Methodist Church

7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill

Phyllis at (352) 544-1068

The Community Performing Arts guild season has seven shows, including one available to season subscribers only. Tickets are $60 for all seven shows. A limited number of free individual tickets may be available before each show on a first-come, first-served basis. Concerts are at 2 and 7 p.m.

Nov. 15: Sweet Dreams of Patsy Cline with Leanne Williams

Dec. 6: Bay Street Brassworks, brass quartet

Jan. 10: John and Mary K. Wilson (subscribers only)

Jan. 24: The Diamonds

Feb. 14: New Odyssey musician-singers

Feb. 28: Bob Milne, ragtime pianist

March 14: Cahal Dunne, Irish singer

Pasco-Hernando Community College

Alric C.T. Pottberg Library Gallery

10320 Ridge Road, New Port Richey

The new gallery's viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To schedule a group event, call (727) 816-3229.

Sept. 4 to Oct. 4: "Creative Color Photography" by Burton McNeely

Oct. 9 to Nov. 8: "Expressions of a Cancer Journey" from the Lilly Oncology on Canvas collection

Nov. 13 to Dec. 15: "A Russian Artist's Journey Through a Vast Landscape"

Jan. 8 to Feb. 2: "Myths, Muses and Madwomen" by Julie Lovero-Fox

Feb. 5 to March 14: "Watercolors" by Elaine Hahn

March 19 to April 13: "Model Ships" by the Suncoast Ship Model Society

April 16 to May 11: "The Literary Animal" by Elizabeth Faubert (photography)

Pasco Arts Council

Art Center

5744 Moog Road, Holiday

(727) 845-7322

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Free.

Sept. 12 to Oct. 25: Pasco Art Annual (all media)

Nov. 7 to Dec. 19: Arlene Richardson's oil paintings

Progress Energy Art Gallery

6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey

The gallery holds a reception for artists from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of the month. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, closed on first Fridays of the month.

Through Sept. 28: "The Magical, Mystical World of An Artist's Imagination,"featuring Sue Holland

Oct. 3 to Nov. 29: "Persona Obscura - The Dark Art of the Masque," featuring Sergio Vitorio Flores

Dec. 5 to Jan. 31: "Bangles, Baubles and All Things Shiny," featuring jewelry of artist Cyndie Smith

Feb. 6 to March 28: Photography by Joe Constantino

April 3 to May 30: To be announced

June 5 to Aug. 1: Annual Member Artists' Exhibit

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