By Savannah Morning News / Savannah Morning News; Featured in “Home / Do” 

The Savannah Philharmonic has announced that its 2012-2013 season will include eight large-scale performances and four chamber concerts, some in new venues.

Because of their growing popularity, the educational pre-concert talks presented by the Savannah Friends of Music will be continued at some of the concerts.

The season opener in September will feature works by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.

In October, popular show tunes will be performed by the co-winners of the 2012 American Traditions Competition, while in November rising opera stars will join the Savannah Children’s Choir to perform “Carmina Burana” in the Johnny Mercer Theatre, a new venue for the Philharmonic.

The popular Holiday Pops concert will be presented in December at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Another new venue, Trustees Theater, will be the scene of February’s concert “A Night in Vienna.”

“I’m delighted with the way our new season has turned out,” says Peter Shannon, the orchestra’s artistic director and conductor. “It’s always difficult to find the perfect fit between concerts. There are so many factors to consider.

“I feel assured that Savannah will enjoy the 2012/13 program as much as anything we have done before,” he says. “We open the season with an incredibly strong concert of Russian classics and end with two performances showcasing some of the finest romantic repertoire ever written.

“Squashed in between are some of the most fun concerts we have ever done,” Shannon says. “‘Carmina Burana’ is just a party, and I’m delighted with the Strauss evening in February.”

Sublime moments are guaranteed at the chorus concert, Shannon says. “We have a pops show in October and our famous Christmas concert, as well,” he says. “There is simply no repetition here.

“Every concert works excellently alone, but as a season it just gels very well,” he says. “Congratulations to those of you with season tickets — you’re in for a great time.”