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Hernando Symphony Orchestra set to deliver Sounds of the Season

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After a time of silence, the Sounds of the Season will resound, bringing good cheer to all who listen, as delivered by the Hernando Symphony Orchestra. “We are less than one month away from the opening of our concert season! We have dusted off our instruments and have been working hard to put together our Sounds of the Season holiday concert,” declared Michele DiLuzio, HSO conductor.   

The HSO Sounds of the Season will be performed on Saturday, December 18th, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 19th, at 2 pm. Concerts will be performed at the symphony’s new home located at St. Frances Cabrini, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.  

“We open with our holiday concert series. Listeners can expect to hear many well known Christmas and Hanukkah carols; some in non-traditional forms, which makes it even more exciting,” said DiLuzio. Our own Hernando Symphony Brass trio will also perform the Pentatonix version of Carol of the Bells.” 

The HSO welcomes 6 new members to their musical family this season. The new members are Daryl and Vicki on the Violin, Sally playing the Oboe, Leanna on the Flute, Emma playing Trumpet, and Frances (HSO’s ticket manager) on Percussion. Call Frances at 352-584-1210 for season or general admission tickets.  

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“After 18 months of Covid shut down, we are so excited to bring back the music to the community.  Keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind, you will notice a few changes.  While we will still have our concession stand and raffle, I have suspended our pre-concert meet and greet and bringing the children up for their special holiday segment. While we will miss interacting with you and the children, the suspension is only until we can resume safely. We will also not be handing out printed programs. The concert program will be digitally displayed on big wall screens located on both sides of the performance area.  We will have our Gift of Music Forms, our Ticket Forms and our Amazon Smile Forms available for you to pick up at the concession stand. These forms are also located on our website,” said DiLuzio.    

DiLuzio is pleased to be bringing the symphonic sounds of the season to the Hernando community. “So many businesses and industries suffered from being shut down for so long. The entertainment industry may have been hit the hardest. Being without music for 18 months was just devastating for me personally,” said DiLuzio.  

Yet now, DiLuzio is proud to report, the music will play again. “It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to bring all of this back. Yes, it is different now as we have certain health safety protocols I have put into place, and some musicians are still not comfortable returning to a group setting, but we are back for our 39th season and it feels great!” she said.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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