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Savannah Philharmonic Announces Spring Awakening Concert, Saturday, February 11, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Royceann Friedman, 912.655.5100

Savannah, GA – The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes spring with three romantic selections from Beethoven, Bruch and Schumann to be presented within the lovely surroundings of the historic Lucas Theatre for the Arts on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 pm. Following the lively and fun King Stephen Overture by Beethoven, Savannah audiences will have the chance to witness soloist Ulf Hoelscher, a true German violin maestro, performing Bruch’s much loved Violin Concerto. The concert will conclude with Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, the “Spring” symphony. Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to attend the educational pre-concert talk facilitated by the Savannah Friends of Music commencing at 6:30 pm.

“There are so many reasons to go to this concert,” says Conductor and Artistic Director Peter Shannon. “Beethoven’s tongue-in-cheek overture and Schumann’s 1st Symphony, which is an magnificent interpretation of the struggle to get through the harshness of winter and welcome the splendor and freshness of spring, are both lovely. And, most importantly, we have a real German maestro playing Bruch’s traditional romantic German concerto. Ulf Hoelscher has played with, with some of the greatest orchestras in the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra. We are very fortunate that he’s coming to Savannah to play. The entire concert is truly a thing of beauty – the music speaks for itself!”

The Philharmonic is proud to welcome the extraordinary violinist Ulf Hoelscher for his premiere performance in Savannah. This world renowned musician has been a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, BBC and Philadelphia Orchestra, to name but a few. Savannah’s classical music enthusiasts will appreciate this amazing opportunity to witness the interaction between conductor and maestro who have known each other for 20 years.

Hoelscher’s first teacher at the age of seven was his father Ferdinand Hoelscher, and by the age of ten, Bruno Masurat. He later studied with Max Rostal in Cologne, and for three years in the United States with Josef Gingold at the Indiana University and with Paul Makanowitzky and Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. On his return to Europe, he quickly established a reputation as one of the leading violinists of his generation and has given concerts in the world’s most important music centers, including London, Munich, Hamburg, Paris, and Berlin. Additionally, he has undertaken extensive tours of Europe, Russia, the Far East, Germany, Japan and Australia.

Hoelscher’s exceptionally broad repertoire is reflected in his varied and many award winning recordings. With a strong commitment to the virtuoso concerto repertoire, Hoelscher is also a champion to contemporary music and has premiered several concertos that were written for him. Additionally, he is dedicated to chamber music and has recorded several pieces with other internationally known musicians. He was a Duo Partner of Wolfgang Boettcher for more than

20 years, and then led his own ensemble, the Ulf Hoelscher Ensemble, with whom he premiered the long lost Octet by Max Bruch which also was released on CD.

Spring Awakening concert tickets are available for purchase at www.savannahphilharmonic.org or by calling the box office at (912) 525-5050. Ticket prices are $16 – $55 and $65 for limited premium seating.

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.