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Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus presents Haydn’s The Creation Saturday, January 31st at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Savannah, Ga. – The Savannah Philharmonic will perform Haydn’s choral masterpiece The Creation on Saturday, January 31st at 7:30pm in the exquisite, soaring setting of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. This concert includes three of Savannah’s great vocal talents – Tina Zenker-Williams, soprano Stephen Dobson, tenor and Kyle Hancock, bass. The Supporting Concert Sponsor is Sea Island Bank; Contributing Sponsor Austin Hill Realty.

“When we surround ourselves with beautiful music in beautiful spaces, it can only make us more beautiful people.  The chorus is excited to sing Creation because we know the wonderful people of Savannah will appreciate its brilliance,” expounds Monica Harper, Savannah Philharmonic Chorusmaster.  “You will hear the Chorus’s excitement in their exuberant singing. It will most definitely be their most energetic and high-spirited performance of the season thus far.  Surely, a night filled to the brim with joy and beauty!”

Haydn’s masterpiece oratorio The Creation depicts and celebrates, in evocative musical language, the creation of the world as described in the biblical Book of Genesis and Paradise Lost. The soloists portray the archangels Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael as the world takes form and the creatures and inhabitants appear.

The Savannah Philharmonic is pleased to be accompanied by three accomplished Savannah soloists – soprano Heidi Bindhammer, tenor Stephen Dobson and Bass Baritone, Kyle Hancock. Ms. Zenker William has been favorably reviewed by critics for “her infectious melisma passages” and “beautifully etched voice” (Tampa Tribune). She maintains an active private voice studio in Savannah, Georgia, and is the cantor for the weekly Compline service at Christ Church Anglican.

Mr. Dobson, a native Savannahian, was a quarterfinalist in the 2014 American Traditions Competition and has made it to the quarterfinals again in this year’s 2015 American Traditions Competition. Mr. Hancock is currently on the music faculty of Georgia Southern University where is Chair of the Vocal Arts.

Tickets for The Creation range from $18 (obstructed view seating) to $100. Visit www.savannahphilharmonic.org or call the box office 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 mc@savannahphilharmonic.org

UPCOMING SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC EVENTS:

Afternoon Adagio; Saturday, February 21, 2015 2-4pm Savannah Yacht Club

Please join us for an afternoon of music from Philharmonic violinist Ricardo Ochoa with Kristin King on harp. Indulge in exotic teas, champagne, and delicacies fit for royalty at the picturesque Savannah Yacht Club. Savannah Philharmonic Donors/Subscribers $50; Regular Ticket $60; Patron Ticket $150

Chamber Concert No. 5; Saturday, March 14, 2015 5:00pm Lutheran Church of the Ascension

This exquisite chamber concert features two contrasting sonatas by Shostakovich and Brahms. Shostakovich’s sonata, composed preceding the Soviet Union’s censorship of his works, reflects the turmoil and upheaval of the time. In stark contrast, Brahms’ sonata is a romantic and melodic duet with neither instrument playing an “accompaniment” role.. Tickets are $20.

 

 

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