Two community band performances slated

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By Special to the Chronicle

The Nature Coast Community Band, under the direction of conductor Cindy Hazzard, will present two productions of “Romanza” on May 3 and 4.

The first performance is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, and the second performance is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1100 W. Highland Ave., Inverness. 

Narrated by Doreen Morgan, the program highlights music of the Romantic Era. The romantic composers succeeded in expressing their feelings, externalizing their dreams, sharing their ecstasies and shouting their triumphs. They moved music into individualism and self-expression and away from the strict classical adherence to form. 

Beginning with the “Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla” (Mikhail Glinka), the program offers selections by Stravinsky (“The Firebird”), Tchai­kovsky (“Pezzo in Forma di Sonatina”), Moussorgsky (“Gopak” from “The Fair At Sorochinski”), Offenbach (“Overture to Orpheus” in the “Underworld”) and Liszt (“Friska from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”). 

A special treat will be Smith’s “Freya: Goddess of Beauty and Love” from his “Teutonic Tales,” performed by NCCB tuba soloist Dylan Jones. 

Also, the NCCB will premiere a new composition titled “Pictures” by NCCB clarinetist and composer Nancy Furman. “Pictures” themes are taken from Modest Moussorgsky’s “Pictures At An Exhibition.” 

The program also includes “Krakowiak” by Glinka and “Scenes From Old Russia,” with excerpts from Tchaikovsky and Moussorgsky pieces. The program offers a wide variety of expressive and dramatic music.

The 75 volunteer musicians of the Nature Coast Community Band rehearse weekly in Inverness. 

For more information on performing with this band, go to the website www.naturecoastcommunity band.com or call 352-601-7394. 

All NCCB concerts are free of admission charge; the band is supported by donations from NCCB Friends and sales of the seven NCCB CDs.