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Celebrate America Concert

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Music and fun will surely be a part of the grand Celebrate America event presented by the Hernando Symphony Orchestra (HSO) set to be celebrated on Sunday, July 10, from 3 – 4 pm at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. This event will be a free indoor concert and will be an afternoon of fellowship and music. HSO Conductor Michele DiLuzio stated, “The orchestra is thrilled that St. Frances asked us to be a part of this event. All festivities for the day will be held indoors. Having the event held indoors makes it even better.” The centerpiece of this presentation will be a melodic concert of patriotic music. “The event will be anchored by an indoor concert in the main church by the orchestra,” said DiLuzio. “This is our Celebrate America concert that will include patriotic and pop songs. There will be a few singers joining us to sing the patriotic songs.” Audiences will be encouraged to sing along in celebration at this patriotic performance. “A few of the songs also include audience participation: ‘God Bless America,’ ‘God Bless the USA’ and ‘Armed Forces: Pride of America,’” said DiLuzio. “The concert will feature other tributes to those who served and pop music with connections to our great country.”

Earlier in the afternoon, the HSO Brass Quintet will perform during a parish picnic in Xavier Hall (the building adjacent to the main church). However, church officials say that the picnic will be served to parishioners only, and is not a public event. The Celebrate America concert represents the continuance of an American tradition, with the performance of live music joining fireworks displays among the most popular ways to celebrate Independence Day. In Philadelphia, on July 4, 1776, concerts joined bonfires, parades, and the firing of canons to set the stage for the first public recitations of the Declaration of Independence. And since the 19th century, most of these celebrations have featured the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

DiLuzio invites all to join St. Frances Cabrini and the Hernando Symphony Orchestra for an afternoon of indoor fun. “There is no better way to celebrate our great country than by sharing in fellowship, and great entertainment.”

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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