Contact: Royceann Friedman, 912.655.5100                                  

Savannah, GA– After an exceptionally successful 2011-2012 season, the Savannah Philharmonic will present its much anticipated 2012-2013 season opener on Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm in the historic Lucas Theatre for the Arts. The evening will be one of pure drama with the orchestra performing the enchanting beauty of Rachmaninoff’s most beloved concerto followed by Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 5. Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to attend an educational pre-concert talk presented by the Savannah Friends of Music at 6:30 pm. Associate Sponsor for the opening night concert is Harkleroad Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, the official jewelers of the Savannah Philharmonic.

“It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic powerhouse concert than the upcoming opening night with the Philharmonic’s orchestra,” says Peter Shannon, conductor and artistic director of the Savannah Philharmonic. “Rachmaninoff’s quintessentially beautiful Piano Concerto No. 2 with its electric beginning and serene second movement will mesmerize, especially with Yejin Noh as soloist! She is an incredibly gifted musician whom I singled out when I judged an international piano competition recently. As one of my colleagues on the jury put it after she played: “You can play it differently, but not better,” which is high praise indeed from a man who has been a prominent professor of piano here in the States. He was right,” statesShannon animatedly. He continues, “Shostakovich’s fifth symphony combines brute strength with heart-tugging melodies of incredible intensity. And yes, I mean brute strength! The finale, if you haven’t heard it live, will have you pinned to the back of your seat in disbelief. Interested? Not possible at a symphony concert you say? Don’t bet on it.”

The Philharmonic is delighted to welcome piano soloist Yejin Noh. Born in South Korea, Noh earned a Bachelor of Music from SeoulNationalUniversitygraduating summa cum laude. She is currently studying with Menahem Pressler while pursuing an Artist’s Diploma fromIndianaUniversity’s Jacobs School of Music where she also received her Master’s Degree. She formerly studied with Hee-Sung Joo and Seung-Hye Choi.

Noh has won several prizes both in the United States and Korea including 2011 Washington International Competition for Piano, the 61st Wideman International Piano Competition, Indiana University Concerto Competition, NSAL 2011 Instrumental Music Competition, Indianapolis MMC Scholarship Competition, KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Music Competition, Sung-Jung Music Competition, and Su-Lee Music Competition. Noh has performed in several cities in Korea, in Berlin, and in theUnited States. She has appeared with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Symphony Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), Seoul National University Orchestra, and the KBS Philharmonic Orchestra. The Savannah Philharmonic is deeply grateful to United Community Bank for sponsoring Ms. Noh’s appearance.

Season subscription packages, as well as individual tickets for single concerts, are now on sale. Subscribers who purchase packages prior to August 31, 2012 will be entered into a drawing for meals at some of Savannah’s finest dining establishments. Please call the Savannah Box Office at (912) 525-5050 for more information.

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.