Music is in the offing as tickets go on sale Oct. 1 for the 2018-2019 season of the Richey Community Orchestra. The non-profit orchestra, under the direction of Stephen P. Brown, features a multi-generational group of 50 professional and amateur musicians who donate their time and talents while sharing their love of music with the local community.
This season promises a variety of genres over six shows, from Broadway, to Beatles, to All American and more. Three open seating concerts will be held at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Three dinner shows will be held at Spartan Manor Restaurant, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Tickets are available online at richeycommunityorchestra.com or from the RCO box office, 6827 Amberjack Lane, Hudson. For information, call (727) 919-3866..
Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber, 3 p.m. Nov. 18, at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. Featuring guest soloist, Victoria Riggs, who has held leading roles in such musicals as Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, and Les Misérables. She will be featured in Whistle Down the Wind, Unexpected Song and Love Changes Everything. The Richey Community Chorus will be featured in a medley from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Love Never Dies, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Already Home and Phantom of the Opera. The orchestra will play music from Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats. $15 for open seating.
Rockin' With Rudolph (dinner show), 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Spartan Manor Restaurant. Guest performer is Fiona Frensche. Originally from NYC, she performed on Carnival Cruise Lines for several years and now performs regularly around the Bay area including Captain Bill’s on Treasure Island, Feather Island Country Club and the Clearwater Yacht Club. Cocktails start at 1 p.m. (cash bar). Dinner is served at 1:30, featuring choice of roast beef or roast chicken, salad, potatoes, vegetables and dessert. Tea and coffee are included. The show starts at 3:00 p.m. $40. Advanced reservations are required.
Liberace: The Legend Lives On, 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Center of the Arts at River Ridge. Special guest soloist Martin Preston is a classically trained pianist and a grand prize winner of the Liberace Piano Competition. He has the express authorization of the Liberace Estate to appear and perform as Liberace. Martin also has spectacular duplicates of many of Liberace’s famous costumes, complete with the dazzling sequins, beads, crystals and rhinestones. He sports the fantastic furs and the sparkling rings and jewelry. $15
Festival di Napoli (dinner concert), 3 p.m. March 10 at Spartan Manor Restaurant. Guest soloists, Broadway veterans Jimmy Ferraro and Dee Etta Rowe, sing favorite Neapolitan songs. Farraro has starred in Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray, Man of La Mancha and Guys & Dolls. Dee Etta debuted in Most Happy Fella and the Tony Award-winning musical Nine. The RCO will play La Boutique Fantasque, Arrivederci Roma and selections from Barber of Seville. Cocktails start at 1 p.m. (cash bar). Dinner is served at 1:30 p.m. and features a choice of lasagna or chicken with salad, vegetables, and dessert. Tea and coffee are included. $40. Advanced reservations are required.
Bacharach to Beatles, 3 p.m. April 7 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. The Richey Community Chorus joins the orchestra to bring your favorite 60s hits. They will be featured in Bridge Over Troubled Water, What the World Needs Now, Can’t Buy Me Love, California Dreamin’ and more. The orchestra will play songs by the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Burt Bacharach and more. $15.
All American Mother's Day (dinner concert), 3 p.m. May 12 at Spartan Manor Restaurant. A celebration of American ideals — Mom, apple pie and baseball. Guest artist is acclaimed entertainer Lothar Bergeest, well known for his rich baritone voice. He has performed at Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops Orchestra and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He will perform a fabulous musical rendition of Casey At the Bat. The orchestra will play songs from Carousel and patriotic favorites Liberty Bell March and America the Beautiful. Cocktails start at 1 p.m.(cash bar). Dinner is served at 1:30 p.m. and features a choice of roast beef or chicken, salad, vegetables and apple pie. Tea and coffee are included. $40. Advanced reservations are required.
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