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The Hernando Symphony Orchestra seeks new members after summer hiatus

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The Hernando Symphony Orchestra has made a grand return from its summer hiatus and is tuning up to deliver more flawless popular melodies to appreciative audiences throughout the area. And currently, the orchestra is inviting other talented musicians to join its ranks for the upcoming season!

“We are always looking for experienced musicians to join our Pops Orchestra,” said Michele DiLuzio, conductor of the Hernando Symphony Orchestra. “If interested, they can email me with their background and experience in music at [email protected].”

These skilled tunesmiths will join other newcomers to HSO, which has served the county since 1982. The Hernando Symphony Orchestra, according to an organizational mission statement, is a volunteer Pops Orchestra formed in 1982 with a lineup of 13 musicians. They have always had a mission to promote community interest in music of high standards, provide musicians of all ages with the opportunity to perform in a symphony orchestra and provide scholarship funds to promote string education in Hernando County. Ticket sales and contributions help support their mission activities.

“We have added two new members to the HSO family: Dan on Bass Clarinet and Pam on Flute. We are excited to have them with us!” said DiLuzio. “Pam moved here about three years ago. Dan is a sax player but went out and bought a bass clarinet to help fill our need for that.”

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The orchestra is gearing up for an exciting 2023–2024 symphonic season, one set to include a lush spectrum of melodic performances:

Saturday, December 16, 2023, 7:30 pm at St. Frances Cabrini
Sunday, December 17, 2:00 pm at St. Frances Cabrini
Saturday, February 24, 2024, 7:30 pm at St Frances Cabrini
Sunday, February 25, 2024, 2:00 pm at St. Frances Cabrini
Saturday, April 27, 2024, 7:30 pm at St. Frances Cabrini
Sunday, April 28, 2024, 2:00 pm at St. Frances Cabrini

“We resumed rehearsals on August 3rd,” said DiLuzio. General Admission tickets for the 2023–2024 season of HSO performances are online and ready for purchase. Find the link on the Ticket & Concert Info page of the Hernando Symphony Orchestra website at https://www.hernandosymphony.com/ticket-concert-info. Season Ticket holders can download the ticket form from this same page on the website and mail the completed form, check, and self-addressed stamped envelope to HSO, P.O. Box 5711, Spring Hill, FL 34611-5711. Please be sure to include your contact information on the form.

For those who want to experience the musical magic of the Hernando Symphony Orchestra prior to the launch of the season, the Hernando Symphony Brass Quartet will be playing at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, located at 1489 Parker Avenue, Spring Hill, on Saturday, August 26, at 10:00 am. Admission is free. “Come out to the beautiful gardens and listen to some great music!” read an event notice. “They have chairs, or you can bring your own!! Due to the heat and sun, you will find us under the covered picnic area right next to the gazebo.”

“Our ‘Brass in the Gardens’ monthly concerts have seen a growth spurt in those who come out to the gardens and stay to listen to the concert,” said DiLuzio.

DiLuzio is proud to bring Brass in the Gardens to the Hernando community. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with the gardens and provide these monthly concerts,” she said. “It also allows for us to inform people that we have our very own orchestra in the county.”

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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