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Savannah Philharmonic Presents “A Classical Symphony” Saturday, April 13, 2013

SAVANNAH, GA – The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra will perform “A Classical Symphony” on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30pm in the elegant and historic surroundings of The

Lucas Theatre for the Arts. The ebullient evening will begin with Haydn’s final work, the dazzling and sonorous Symphony No. 104, followed by Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. A loose interpretation of the style of Haydn, the Prokofiev piece was considered to be one of the first

neoclassical compositions and became one of the composer’s most popular and beloved works. Rounding out the evening will be Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, commonly known as the Italian Symphony and described by him as “the jolliest piece I have ever done”. For a deeper understanding of the music they are about to hear, ticket holders may also choose attend the educational pre-concert talk facilitated by the Savannah Friends of Music at 6:30 pm.

“This is the first time the Philharmonic has played a Haydn symphony in Savannah. His last symphonies are full of humor, and a lot of it is tongue-in-cheek,” muses Conductor and Artistic Director Peter Shannon. “I’m looking forward to bringing that out in the music…it’s so often missed.” He continues: “I’ve juxtaposed Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 with Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, a work inspired by Haydn in which Prokofiev also tries to capture that sense of fun. It’s difficult to bring off well, so I’m also looking forward to hearing what the Phil musicians bring to the table. The second half of the concert features the ebullient Mendelssohn Italian symphony. Its beginning is a burst of joy, but it too requires a lot from the players. On reflection, it seems as if “fun” requires a lot of hard work; but we’re definitely up to the challenge!”

Tickets for “A Classical Symphony” are now available for purchase by calling the box office at (912) 525-5050 or online at www.savannahphilharmonic.org. Ticket prices are $16 – $55 with limited premium seating at $65.

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.