SAVANNAH, GA – October 19, 2017 – The Savannah Philharmonic is slated to continue its dazzling 2017-18 season with its “From the New World” concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. in downtown Savannah.


“From the New World” will feature Dvořák’s beloved “Symphony No. 9,” with its well-known melodies inspired by Longfellow’s “Hiawatha.” The Savannah Philharmonic Chorus will join the Orchestra in another work, “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast,” based on the same source by African-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. These masterpieces use traditional American melodies to paint scenes of miracle and marvel.


Tenor Oliver Mercer will join the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus for this memorable concert. Mercer first performed with the Savannah Philharmonic in 2007 as tenor soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, subsequently returning on numerous occasions for both concert and operatic performances. Other credits include Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Opera Theater Company Ireland, Charleston Bach Festival, Charleston Symphony, English National Opera and Mid Wales Opera. He has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Trinity Wall Street and in London at the Barbican and Royal Albert Hall. A specialist of the Baroque era, Mercer’s recent engagements include a national tour of the Monteverdi Vespers, the role of Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion and performances with Boston Early Music Festival.


“Our Ninth Season’s Opening night performance was the recipient of rave reviews; some saying that it was the best concert that they have witnessed to date! I was thrilled to hear the excitement of our supportive audience. My instinctive response was to say, ‘wait for the next one!’ I know that the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus are in flying form thanks to the dedicated work of Chorusmaster Monica Dekle,” Savannah Philharmonic Artistic Director and Conductor Peter Shannon SAID. “’Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast’ is going to be a huge success! If anything is going to top that then it’s going to have to be extraordinary. I feel confident that the Orchestra are going to deliver a ‘New World Symphony’ that, despite being so well known, will surprise the audience. Expectations are high when such a well-known symphony is being played. The Philharmonic Orchestra promises an evening of incredible drama.”


Under the artistic direction of Shannon and Executive Director Terri O’Neil, the Savannah Philharmonic’s ninth season will continue with orchestra classics, dazzling displays and crowd favorites throughout 2017-2018 concluding with the season finale May 5, 2018.


The Savannah Philharmonic is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission 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 Savannah Philharmonic aims to exhilarate, educate, and enrich a large and diverse audience in the greater Savannah community.


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