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Savannah Philharmonic Concludes Its 5th Anniversary Season With The Exquisite Grieg Piano Concerto And Epic Mahler Symphony No. 5

Savannah, Ga. – The Savannah Philharmonic concludes its 5th Anniversary Season with a celebratory concert evening beginning with the ebullient Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor and concluding with the massive Mahler Symphony No. 5. on Saturday, April 26th at the Johnny Mercer Theatre beginning at 7:30pm.  The Presenting Sponsor is Critz Auto Group “Celebrating 75 Years”; Supporting Sponsor is Mrs. Robert O. Levitt; Soloist Sponsor is Merrill Lynch Wealth Management – The Bouchillon, Ham & Dekle Group; Contributing Sponsor is Georgia Power.

“It is the largest orchestra we’ve had to date and at the end of the 5th season,” explains Peter Shannon, Artistic Director & Conductor. “Mahler is known as the giant of symphonic repertoire.  This symphony goes from one emotional extreme to another in 30 seconds. Each emotion is amplified to the extreme. It is exhausting to conduct as each notes oozes emotion. The orchestra has been preparing for over a month before even arriving in Savannah. You can’t play Mahler Symphony No. 5 without completely committing. Pair the Mahler with the Grieg, one of the most perfect, exquisite Piano Concerti every composed. An epic evening of music”

Concert pianist, Quynh Shannon, returns to the stage after a brief hiatus. “The reason I came back to play is Dick Platt. He really inspired me and pushed me to return,” notes Quynh. “Peter asked me and I remembered Dick telling me, ‘You have to come back.’ Then, Peter told me it would be the Grieg Piano Concerto – it’s absolutely magnificent, every single detail and note. Everybody knows the melody. I knew the first movement already. However, as I learned the 2nd movement, it’s so natural. You can hear the church bells and the sounds in the village. Then, you get the raging storm in the 3rd movement.”

The Savannah Philharmonic will launch the 2014-2015 Season on April 21st , 2014.  From the Stage & Silver Screen to Rachmaninoff to Haydn or Bizet, the 6th season promises to have something for each musical taste.  To receive a season brochure, please email your mailing address to info@savannahphilharmonic.org.

Tickets for the Season Finale range from $16 to $70. Visit www.savannahphilharmonic.org or call the box office directly at 912.525.5050.

ABOUT SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC:

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.  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, or to schedule an interview with Artistic Director Peter Shannon, please call Mary Catherine Mousourakis/660-2654 or email at info@savannahphilharmonic.org

UPCOMING SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC EVENTS:

Jazz at the Beach; Saturday, May 10, 2014  2:00pm  North Beach Bar & Grill

Join the Savannah Philharmonic for an afternoon of great jazz music with your toes in the sand! Tickets are $35. Purchase tickets online at www.savannahphilharmonic.org or call the box office at 912.525.5050.

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