Contact: Royceann Friedman,  912.655.5100

The Savannah Philharmonic is proud to announce the launch of its fourth concert season. Featuring several exciting changes, the 2012-2013 schedule includes eight large scale performances and four chamber concerts, along with several new event venues sure to please a broad range of audiences. Due to their growing popularity, the educational pre-concert talks presented by the Savannah Friends of Music, will continue to enhance listeners’ Savannah Philharmonic experience in the coming season.

Next season’s dramatic season opener will differ from the patriotic theme of years past, featuring enchanting and powerful works by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich. Popular show tunes will be performed by the co-winners of the 2012 American Traditions Competition in October, and November will showcase several rising stars in the opera world, along with the Savannah Children’s Choir, as they perform Carmina Burana in the spacious Johnny Mercer Theatre, a new venue for the upcoming season. The ever popular Holiday Pops will again take place in December in the glorious surroundings of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, while February brings an elegant Night inViennaconcert to the stately Art Moderne splendor of the Trustees Theater, another new venue in this season’s line up. The March Voices Only stand alone performance by the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church is an additional new offering and venue. April follows with an evening of Classical Symphony, and the Philharmonic will host German pianist Michael Hauber who promises to thrill at May’s finale concert featuring Saint-Saëns & Beethoven, both at the majestic Lucas Theatre.

“I’m delighted with the way our new season has turned out! It’s always difficult to find the “perfect fit” between concerts; there are so many factors to consider,” notes Peter Shannon, Artistic Director and Conductor. “I feel assured that Savannah will enjoy the 2012/13 program as much as anything we have done before,” he continues. “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! Carmina Burana is just a party, and I’m delighted with the Strauss evening in February! The chorus will present their own stand-alone performance, which promises some really sublime moments. We have a pops show in October and our famous Christmas concert, as well. There is simply no repetition here. Every concert works excellently alone, but as a season it just gels very well. Congratulations to those of you with season tickets: you’re in for a great time!”

Subscription packages are now on sale by calling the Savannah Box Office at (912) 525-5050. Subscribers who purchase packages prior to August 31, 2012 will be entered into a drawing for meals at some ofSavannah’s finest dining establishments. Individual tickets for single concerts will be available on July 30.

The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is a professional orchestra presenting a full range of concerts each season (September to May) from classics to pops. The Savannah Philharmonic Chorus is a community-based auditioned ensemble that performs regularly with the orchestra in an oratorio and opera setting, as well as performing a wide range of music from a cappella, baroque to rock and pop standards. Both are 501©3 nonprofit organizations.

The SPO’s mission is to provide the highest level of musical performances and educational programs featuring the highest caliber of professional musicians, a volunteer chorus and internationally acclaimed soloists. The SPO aims to exhilarate, educate and enrich a large and diverse audience in the greater Savannahcommunity. For more information please visit

If you would like more information about the Savannah Philharmonic, or to schedule an interview with Artistic Director Peter Shannon, please call Royceann Friedman at 912.655.5100.