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Peter Shannon, conductor and artistic director of the Savannah Philharmonic, signed a new three-year contract Friday, taking him through the 2014-2015 season. “My wife and I are very happy here in Savannah,” Shannon said. “We are looking forward to the next three seasons very much. Our two sons were born here, and we have roots here now. We are not looking for any other city to live in.” Since Shannon moved to Savannah five years ago as conductor of the Savannah Choral Society, he has co-founded the Philharmonic Orchestra, overseen the transition of the chorus into a group of more than 100 singers, and has conducted in front of packed houses at the Lucas, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the Trustee’s Theater. “Peter is fun to watch,” said Melissa Emery, board chairman. “He isn’t just a conductor. He is a dynamo. Savannah has really embraced him. We are delighted to know that he will be here for at least another three years. We hope that this will reassure our audiences that Peter is not about to leave Savannah.” The Philharmonic’s next two concerts are April 21 and May 19, both at the Lucas.