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Chorus Presents its Major Oratorio of the Season, October 21, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Royceann Friedman, 912.655.5100

Savannah, GA – The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and the full Philharmonic Chorus are set to perform Brahms: A German Requiem at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 21 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Arguably one of Brahms’ greatest masterpieces, this extraordinary composition is one of the most beloved choral works of all time because of its message of hope, joy and comfort to all mankind.

This particular piece of music is considered to be very romantic and spiritual. “From the very beginning words: “Blessed are those who suffer”, Brahms’ writing is both sublime and powerful. For one hour you will be lost in a world of pure beauty,” says conductor and artistic director Peter Shannon. “I’m excited for Savannah audiences to witness two wonderful local soloists, as well as the Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra at its very best.”

The Brahms work was not taken from the typical text for a requiem mass. It was taken from the St. James Bible chosen by Brahms himself.  The resulting beautiful and personal text includes the romantic idea that you become more holy and achieve a greater sense of destiny through your suffering. The work offers hope and the assurance that life is not in vain due to the promise of an afterlife. An educational pre-concert talk presented by the Savannah Friends of Music will commence at 6:30 pm, providing ticket holders with an opportunity to better enjoy and understand the evening’s concert.

As the corner stone of orchestral/choral repertoire, Brahms’ Requiem is an ideal opportunity to showcase the talents of Soprano Soloist Rebecca Flaherty and Bass-Baritone Soloist Allen Henderson.

Rebecca Patrick Flaherty is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Oberlin Conservatory.  She graduated with a Master of Music in Voice Performance in May 2011 from Georgia Southern University, and is now on the faculty as a part-time voice instructor.  Operafestival di Roma invited Rebecca to spend July 2010 in Rome, Italy to perform the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus.  Other operatic roles she has performed include Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Lola Markham in Gallantry, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, and the title role in Suor Angelica with Georgia Southern’s Opera Theatre program.  Rebecca was a finalist in Shreveport Opera’s Singer of the Year Competition, first runner up for the 2011 American Prize in Voice, and won first place in her category at the 2011 South East Regional NATS Auditions.

Baritone Allen Henderson is Professor of Music in the Department of Music at Georgia Southern University where he teaches voice and is Executive Director of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  He holds degrees from Carson Newman College (BM), The University of Tennessee (MM), and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (DMA) where he was winner of the prestigious Corbett-Treigle Opera Competition. He has appeared in concert, opera, and oratorio with the Knoxville Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Tennessee Opera Theatre, Knoxville Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, Oak Ridge Symphony, Southern Georgia Symphony, the Bach Aria Festival,

Chautauqua Institution, and the Beloit-Janesville (WI) Symphony. He appeared at Lincoln Center in the CCM production of Zaïde for the Mozart bicentennial and has also appeared at the Ravinia Festival as a part of the Steans Institute Concert Series. Henderson was winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Awards. He was also a prize winner in the McCammon Opera Competition of the Fort Worth Opera, Miami Opera Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition, Opera Guild of San Antonio Opera Talent Search, and the Hemphill-Wells Sorantin Award for Young Artists in San Angelo, Texas.

Concert tickets are available for purchase at www.savannahphilharmonic.org or by calling the box office at (912) 525-5050. Ticket prices are $36 and $55 with limited premium seating available at $100.

The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra is a professional per-service symphony orchestra. The Savannah Philharmonic Chorus is a community-based auditioned ensemble that works 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. For more information please visit www.savannahphilharmonic.org.