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Spring flings

Romance is in the air for the Hernando Symphony Orchestra's spring concerts with several Broadway tunes.


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 20, 2001

Conductor Wayne Raymond hopes to orchestrate a romantic evening for the Hernando Symphony Orchestra's upcoming spring concerts.

"Romance is a theme we can all appreciate," said Raymond, who is in his second year as the orchestra's leader. "That theme gives us something to hang our hats on."

Guest vocal soloists will join the orchestra for several numbers from Broadway's Guys and Dolls, a show Raymond called, "Just one romance after another."

A 1992 graduate of Hernando High School, Jason Yungmann has played lead roles in the musicals The Fantastiks at New Millennia Studio, South Pacific at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson andJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Stage West Community Playhouse.

Heather Philipsen played Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at the Show Palace and Lola in Stage West's version of Damn Yankees.

"Jason has an excellent voice for musical theater and so does Heather," said Raymond. "She is the best Adelaide I've ever seen. She is Adelaide."

Another soloist joining the symphony will be Hernando High School senior Marissa Grande, one of 20 recipients of the symphony's musical scholarships this year. Grande will play the first movement of Mozart's Violin Concerto.

"Unfortunately for us, she will be going off to college next year and we'll be losing her," Raymond said. "We want to hear her while we still can."

The symphony's own Judy Polatschek-Palais will play the flute solo for Copin's Minute Waltz. Trombone player Jay Leaman will have a solo during the big band favorite, Stardust.

"It's a very romantic number and everybody dances to it," Raymond said. "It's a beautiful piece, and he does it very, very well."

Medleys will include music from Broadway and Henri Mancini. Classical selections will include music from Rossini's Barber of Seville and The Emperor's Waltz by Strauss.

"I think it's a great blend of music," Raymond said. "I've done pretty well so far with trying to please everybody."

The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concerts Tuesday as well as April 28 and 29. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. April 29 at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, and at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Tickets are $9. For information, call 688-3736, 686-5334 or 799-8507.

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