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Silver screen inspires symphony's picks

Published February 16, 2007


Hernando Symphony Orchestra director Wayne Raymond is thankful for movies. Not just because he enjoys watching them, but because film soundtracks have created something of a boon in the popularity of orchestral music.

"Our orchestra can perform a lovely Haydn symphony and perform it well, but it's not going to go over as well as the theme music from Star Wars," Raymond said. "That's how popular the music has become."

For the past couple of years, the symphony has chosen to showcase film music in its winter performance series. This weekend, the ensemble kicks off a musical sojourn that will take its audiences all over the globe, from Broadway to the Middle East and to the Caribbean.

"We're covering a lot of different territory musically as well," Raymond said. "I think the music is as fun to perform as it is to listen to."

For those who love Broadway, there are selections from A Chorus Line, The Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Evita and Miss Saigon.

Raymond, who teaches music and band at West Hernando Middle School, said he believes that youngsters will get a kick out of hearing themes from popular recent films, Pirates of the Caribbean, Titanic, Gladiator and The Lord of the Rings.

"This is the music that introduces them to the sounds of strings, brass and woodwinds," Raymond said.

In addition, the orchestra will pay tribute to a legendary composer, the late Henry Mancini, who scored more than 100 films and television shows. The program will include a medley of Mancini's well-known works, including Days of Wine and Roses and The Pink Panther.

Logan Neill can be reached at 848-1435 or


'A Salute to the Movies'

The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Springstead Theater, Spring Hill, and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, Brooksville. Tickets are $10. For information, call 597-9555.

[Last modified February 15, 2007, 23:18:09]

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