Savannah, Ga. – The Savannah Philharmonic 2014-2015 season opens with Brahms’ boisterous Academic Festival Overture,the Rachmaninoff’s enchanting Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Dvořàk’s gorgeous Symphony No. 7 on Saturday, September 13th at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts beginning at 7:30pm. The pre-concert talk, featuring co-concertmaster Brent Price and sponsored by the Savannah Friends of Music, will begin at 6:30pm for all concert ticketholders. The Premier Sponsor is Bill and Maria Dascombe – TSN Enterprises and The Georgia Institute for Plastic Surgery.

“Though the New World in undoubtedly his most famous composition, for me, Dvořàk’s Symphony No. 7 is the most beautiful,” explains Peter Shannon, Artistic Director and Conductor. “Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture is a wonderfully energetic and majestic way to begin what will surely be a fantastic 6th season. The “secret weapon” of this concert, however, will be the solo pianist, Fanya Lin. If I told you anything more, it wouldn’t be a secret…”

Dynamic concert pianist, Fanya Lin, winner of the 2013 American Protégé International String and Piano Competition, joins the Philharmonic for Rachmaninoff’s turbulent and enchanting Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: “On a personal level, it is the stories that came up during practice that makes this piece special for me.” Ms. Lin provides from insight. “I picture the secret lovers dance across the ballroom floor in Variation 12 and how I construct all the colors and surprises in Variation 15. I remember my teacher telling me her magical story of performing this piece in Germany at an outdoor venue. During the dark and gloomy Variation 17, the sky turned grey and started to rain, yet all of a suddenwhen Variation 18 began, the light started peaking through the clouds and it was sunny again, which matches the music perfectly.”

Tickets for Opening Night range from $16 to $70. Visit or call the box office at 912.525.5050.


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 Savannah community. For more information please visit Season subscription packages, as well as individual tickets for single concerts, are now on sale and may be purchased by calling the Savannah Box Office at (912) 525-5050.

If you would like more information about the Savannah Philharmonic, to schedule an interview with Artistic Director Peter Shannon or guest artist, Fanya Lin, please call Mary Catherine Mousourakis/660-2654 or email at


Chamber Concert No. 1: Schubert & Brahms; Saturday, September 27, 2014 5pm Lutheran Church of the Ascension

The chamber music series commences with the popular and artistically complex Piano Trio No.2 in E-flat Major Op. 100 by Schubert and Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8

Tickets are $20.

Picnic in the Park; Sunday, October 5, 2014 4pm – 9pm Forsyth Park Bandshell

Pack a picnic and enjoy fantastic music in Savannah’s beautiful Forsyth Park. Performances begin in the late afternoon with the Philharmonic taking the stage at dusk. This even it FREE and open to the public.

Signature Event: An Evening at Moon River, Saturday, October 11, 2014 5pm Johnny Mercer Family Home

Enjoy Johnny Mercer music performed by Philharmonic musicians, food provided by Chef John Nichols and a complimentary full bar courtesy of National Distributing Company.

Berlioz, Bizet & Sibelius*; Friday, October 17, 2014 7:30pm   Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Berlioz’s dramatic Marche Hongroise from “The Damnation of Faust” is followed by Bizet’s popular and passionate Carmen Suites Nos. 1 & 2 delivering striking melody, deft harmony and perfectly judged orchestration. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 ends the evening leaving you breathless. Tickets are $16 to $70.


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