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Savannah Philharmonic Launches Fifth Anniversary Season

The Savannah Philharmonic is thrilled to announce the launch of its Fifth Anniversary Season. Based on past successes with area audiences, the new 2013-2014 concert schedule will continue to balance symphonic, choral, and pops repertoire. Seven full scale concerts and five chamber performances make up the calendar, each to be performed at a proven venue that has been carefully selected to best suit the show. The Philharmonic is also proud to partner again with the Savannah Friends of Music who will continue to present their ever popular educational pre-concert talks. Designed to enhance the listener’s understanding of the music they are about to hear, the talks are free to all ticket holders.

As 2013-2014 is also the Savannah Philharmonic’s Fifth Anniversary, the new season will include several references to the number five. The opening concert on Saturday, September 21 will feature Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, along with Bernstein’s exciting Candide Overture and the American premiere of Buckley’s Violin Concerto. At October’s concert, in memoriam of Dick Platt, the first chairman of the Savannah Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Chorus will perform Fauré’s Requiem. The Philharmonic Orchestra will then join forces with the fabulous Equinox Jazz Orchestra in November to bring big band rhythm and hits to town, followed by the most beloved concerts of the season, December’s Holiday Pops, which will again showcase orchestra and chorus in the magnificent setting of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. January brings Puccini’s La Bohème, an unstaged concert version of one of the most popular operas of all time, produced in collaboration with the VOICExperience. In February, Handel’s Messiah will be performed by the Savannah Philharmonic and Chorus, together with musicians and soloists from the State Opera House of Halle, Germany, birthplace of Handel. The finale concert will occur April 26, as the season concludes with Mahler’s monumental 5th Symphony, to be presented in the Johnny Mercer Theatre.

“Judging by the rapid ticket sales in the first 24 hours of announcing our latest season, it seems Savannah audiences are excited about the repertoire we have chosen,” observes Artistic Director and Conductor, Peter Shannon. “A massive Mahler symphony, Beethoven’s 5th, a Big Band pops concert à la Sinatra, and a concert version of La Bohème, make this one of the most diverse

seasons to date. I’m delighted with it,” he continues, “and know that every concert will show the orchestra and chorus in a different light. It’s fun being versatile, and I’m looking forward to the challenges that the season will bring. I just hope I don’t break into a verse of “My Way” when I’m supposed to be conducting opera!”

Fifth Anniversary Season – Concert Calendar

September 21, 2013
7:30 pm

October 20, 2013
5:00 pm

October 25, 2013
5:00 pm

November 21, 2013
7:30 pm

November 24, 2013
5:00 pm

December 13 & 14, 2013
7:30 pm

January 18, 2014
5:00 pm

January 31, 2014
7:30 pm

February 2, 2014
5:00 pm

February 21, 2014
7:30 pm

March 9, 2014
5:00 pm

April 26, 2014
7:30 pm

*Pre-Concert Talk Series presented by Savannah Friends of Music

Subscription packages are now on sale and may be purchased by calling the Savannah Box Office at (912) 525-5050. Individual tickets for single concerts will be available on July 29.

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.

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 or email Royceann Friedman at: RFMarketing@bellsouth.net.