Savannah, GA – The Savannah Philharmonic is thrilled to announce, that for the third year in a row, both of its Holiday Pops performances are sold out. Lucky ticket holders will once again welcome the holiday season with sing-along carols, excerpts from The Nutcracker, The Skaters Waltz, O Holy Night, and other seasonal favorites on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 pm at the beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The Philharmonic gratefully acknowledges the Holiday Pops Supporting Sponsor, Critz Incorporated, as well as Associate Sponsors First Citizens Bank and Trust Company and the Downtown Neighborhood Association.
“There’s a good reason the Christmas concerts are sold out weeks in advance: it’s the proverbial Christmas stocking full to the brim with all the favorites we all love!” asserts Conductor and Artistic Director Peter Shannon. “The Hallelujah Chorus and Nutcracker excerpts, together with The Skater’s Waltz and Sleigh Ride, will put anyone in the spirit. And I love O Holy Night! It’s just so perfect in the Cathedral, which we light up in Christmas colors for the concert. We always begin each half with a sing-along carol, just to get everyone in the mood. Congratulations to those of you with tickets! It’s Savannah’s favorite concert of the year!”
The Savannah Philharmonic is delighted to welcome back soloist Tina Zenker Williams (soprano) who last appeared at the 2010 Holiday Pops concert. Ms. Williams has been favorably reviewed by critics for “her infectious melisma passages” and “beautifully etched voice.” Since her 1996 debut, she has performed Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Schubert’s Mass in G and Handel’s Messiah with the Florida Orchestra; Mozart’s Vespers with the Tampa Bay Chamber Orchestra; and Haydn’s Nelson Mass and J. S. Bach’s Cantata 140 with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She has been a featured performer of the Savannah Music Festival, singing recitals of American art songs and music of the Baroque. Equally at home with early music, Ms. Williams has also collaborated with the Goliards, an early music group, and is a member of the Taylor Festival Choir. Ms. Williams earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Florida, did her graduate work at the Peabody Institute, and earned a Master of Music from Georgia Southern University. She maintains an active private voice studio in Savannah.
The Philharmonic is also pleased to announce the appearance of Marcos Santos (tenor) at this year’s Pops concerts. A native of Portugal, Santos began his vocal studies at the Conservatorio Nacional de Lisbon, and in 1999, he successfully auditioned for the highly selective Master vocal studies program at Mannes College of Music in New York. While at Mannes, he performed the role of Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, conducted by Joseph Colaneri (Metropolitan Opera). He has attended master classes with Lorraine Nubar, Regine Crespin, Ragnar Ulfung, Nico Castel, Fabio Yepes Acevedo, Renata Scotto and Regina Resnik in Portugal and in New York. He has performed solos and has appeared in concerts, recitals, festivals, opera and oratorio in Sweden, Norway, Japan, France, Portugal, Spain and the USA. Mr. Santos was a semi-finalist for the Accademia di cantanti of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
If any concert tickets are turned back into the Philharmonic, they will be put back on sale through the Savannah box office. Interested parties should check the website regularly at www.savannahphilharmonic.org, and click on tickets. They may also call the box office at (912) 525-5050 for information, but should not contact the Cathedral. Tickets for the 2013 holiday concerts will first be available as part of the 2013/2014 subscription sales in early May 2013. Individual tickets for next year’s concerts will go on sale in late July 2013.
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 www.savannahphilharmonic.org.