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Hernando Symphony Orchestra free concerts in November

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The Hernando Symphony Orchestra is celebrating four decades of service to the community in the form of lush and rhythmic musical entertainment. To kick off the celebration, the orchestra will be performing two free concerts in November for the community. “Your orchestra has been preparing for our 40th season!” said Michele DiLuzio, HSO conductor. “We will be doing some extra concerts this season as we celebrate our 40th anniversary!”

The HSO Brass Quintet will be performing at St. Frances Cabrini on Saturday, November 12th, at 1 pm and 4 pm during an upcoming church festival. “You will find us outside under the performance tent,” said DiLuzio. “The quintet is our traveling group for all occasions, from dinners and dances to weddings. At the festival, we will be performing a variety of songs.”
Indeed, as they roam the grounds of St. Frances guests will hear everything from contemporary Adele and Celine Dion to Birdland from Maynard Ferguson to “Sway” by Michael Buble, and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” by Duke Ellington.

“This is a fun group and a great way to kick off our 40th anniversary,” shared DiLuzio. The following day, the orchestra will be performing a free indoor concert Sunday, November 13th, 3 pm at St. Frances Cabrini, in the main church. “The November 13th concert kicks off our season-long 40th Anniversary celebration and will feature some of our favorites from the past 40 years,” explained DiLuzio.

Among the songs scheduled are:
“Across the Great Plains” – A musical tale of the inspiring Pony Express
Michael Jackson Hits – A medley of hits from the King of Pop
“Liberty” – An original composition capturing the essence of Americana
“Phantom of the Opera” – A medley from this dynamic Broadway show
Bruno Mars – A medley of his hits
Star Wars Saga – Music from movies 1-7 of the Star Wars franchise
At the Movies: The Musicals – Music from Mama Mia, La-La Land, Chicago
“Prince of Egypt” – An exciting and powerful medley from the animated movie of the same name

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“We are thrilled to be able to provide this free concert to the community,” said DiLuzio. “We hope it will allow us to gain new patrons for our regular season concerts.”

Coming up early next year will be a special 40th anniversary concert event Saturday, January 21, in Xavier Hall at St. Frances Cabrini. Seating will be limited to 200 people. Tickets will be $20 per person and will include hors-d’oeuvres, water, coffee, dessert, and a concert by the orchestra.

Call 352-584-1210 and pay over the phone with a valid credit card for Season, General and Adult Group ticket purchases. Alternatively, visit www.hernandosymphony.com and download the Ticket Request Form to pay by check and mail your payment and form to: HSO P.O. Box 5711, Spring Hill, FL 34611, for Season, General and Adult Group ticket purchases. Or purchase your tickets online; this option can be used for general admission purchases, visit www.hernandosymphony.com, go to the Ticket & Concert Info page. Scroll down and click on the link that reads “Click here to purchase General Admission Tickets.” You also can purchase the tickets at the door one hour prior to the start of each concert. Pay using cash, valid credit card, or check. This option can be used for Season, General Ticket and Adult Group ticket purchases.

“We will also have other refreshments for sale at this event and a Chinese Auction. We hope that you will join us for this special celebration,” said DiLuzio. “We look forward to celebrating our 40th season with you.”

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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