by: Chase Allgood,

On a crisp fall evening in Hillsboro, people file into the building, carrying various sized cases. A teenage boy cradles his violin, while a woman struggles with her cello.

On this otherwise quiet fall night in Hillsboro, five dozen people are setting up in the band room at Liberty High School. Once a week they put their work and family life aside and eagerly play their instruments as the combined Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra.

They're rehearsal is for the upcoming "Russian Rhapsodies" performance on Dec. 1 at Liberty High School. The concert will be performed under the direction of HSO Conductor Sharon Northe, and will feature "1812 Ouverture Solennelle" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; "Prince Igor" by Alexander Borodine; "Berceuse and Finale" by Igor Stravinsky; selections from "The Nutcracker," by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, featuring HSO's wind section and arranged by Jeffrey Olenick, an HSO member and physician in Hillsboro; "Russlan and Ludmilla" by Mikhail Glinka; and "The Sleeping Beauty" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, arranged by John Stepan Zamecnik.

Some of the instruments look old, as if they were used extensively decades ago and then put into dark closets, taken out now to have the notes of Tchaikovsky or Stravinsky or Mozart pulled from them like yarn on a spinner's wheel.

Some instruments look polished and new, belonging to those who are just beginning to enjoy the opportunity of bringing music to life.

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