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
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
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"
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
3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill
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
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
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
5744 Moog Road, Holiday
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