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Hernando Symphony Orchestra ends season with 'Kaleidoscope' concert

BROOKSVILLE — Some are full of bluster and bravado, while others are sentimental and romantic.

And when the Hernando Symphony Orchestra closes out its season this weekend with its Kaleidoscope concert, audiences will witness the wide range of talents of the 35-plus orchestra members.

The concert will feature a variety of tunes, including seven new pieces.

"There is something about each piece that grabs you," said Symphony Conductor Michele DiLuzio.

Songs such as Reflections On a New Tomorrow and Savannah River Rhapsody are "big" songs, DiLuzio said, while Appalachian Morning has a creative and sensitive side.

"It can't be blustery and bravado all the time," she said, "so we have beautiful pieces that show the contrast of the orchestra."

Hill Country Holiday, another bold song, is a fun piece, DiLuzio said. "It makes you feel like putting on a straw hat and having a hoedown."

And while most people are familiar with Chopsticks, the orchestra will present Chopsticks Variations, which starts with the basic tune, then goes into a Viennese Waltz, then a rumba, and ending in a rock version.

"I try to look for pieces that are a little different, and this one is fun with different styles that make it interesting," DiLuzio said.

The concert also will include Dance of the Gypsy, Synergies, The Sound of Music, El Relicario, Grease and Somewhere In Time.

There will be a special trumpet solo in Albert Hay Malotte's The Lord's Prayer, performed by Mark George, the orchestra's lead trumpeter. George has been with HSO since 2006 and is the music director at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Spring Hill.

This concert features more new music, DiLuzio said, and next season also features mostly new pieces. The February 2019 concert will be comprised of all new selections, she said.

The new pieces were made possible through the orchestra's Gift of Music program, which allows patrons and orchestra members to purchase new music for the ensemble.

"When we started the Gift of Music program, I was just hoping the audience would embrace it," DiLuzio said. "But the extent has just blown us away ... We are so grateful."