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Orchestra gears up for ‘high-powered’ concert

Hernando Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Spectrum’
The Hernando Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Michele DiLuzio, will present the Spectrum concert this weekend at the Central High School theater. Courtesy of Jeff Turner

BROOKSVILLE — Some of the most familiar and popular musical scores come from Hollywood’s most memorable films. Movie fans know the soundtracks to hit movies such as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Star Wars, Titanic, and the Superman films from the 1970s and ’80s, just to name a few.

This weekend, the Hernando Symphony Orchestra will bring to life some lively and energetic pieces from a few classic films when it presents the Spectrum concert, including Ben Hur and the Star Wars Saga.

“We’ve played pieces from Star Wars’ A New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back in the past, but Star Wars Saga has music from all the movies,” said orchestra conductor Michele DiLuzio.

There also will be music from somewhat forgettable movies, such as the soundtrack to the movie, Children of Sanchez, a piece that won jazz musician Chuck Mangione a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental in 1978. There’s also Henry Mancini’s Music from the Great Race. The 1965 slapstick movie, which starred Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, may be forgettable, but DiLuzio said the music is great.

“It really made an impression,” she said. “It is a fun piece.”

A piece that DiLuzio said most will enjoy will be Carl Strommen’s Fuego Del Alma, which will open up the second act of the concert. The song, which translates to “fire of the soul,” has flamenco styles, with Spanish harmonies and Spanish-style percussion.

“It is such a cool piece,” DeLuzio said. “You can just picture flamenco dancers.” She said the orchestra will be doing more than just playing their instruments with this piece.

The concert will include a couple of original pieces, including Legacy and Curtain Call. Other selections include Stevie Wonder in Concert, Italian Feast, With Every Sunrise and Star Bright.

With the exception of Children of Sanchez, the concert features all new music, which DiLuzio said was made possible by the orchestra’s Gift of Music program, which allows orchestra patrons and members to purchase music.

“This is a high-powered concert series,” she said. "We have such great music, thanks to our Gift of Music sponsors. “They’ve been wonderful. Now we just hope to get more people out here and enjoy the concert.”

If you go

The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will present its Spectrum concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and 2 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Central High School auditorium, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. The conductor and some musicians will be on hand an hour prior to each concert for a meet and greet. Tickets are $18 adults, $5 students (ages 5-17). For tickets, call (352) 584-1210. Email; visit the website at