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Savannah Philharmonic Presents Bizet’s Famous Carmen Suites and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1

Savannah, Ga. – Coming off a spectacular sold out Opening Night, the Savannah Philharmonic presents a sizzling evening of music from Berlioz’s dramatic Marche Hongroise from “The Damnation of Faust” to the pinnacle of passion of Bizet’s Carmen Suites Nos. 1 & 2 finishing with the breathtaking Symphony No. 1 by Sibelius on Friday, October 17th at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts at 7:30pm. The pre-concert talk, featuring John Canarina and sponsored by the Savannah Friends of Music, will begin at 6:30pm for all concert ticketholders. Contributing Sponsors are Austin Hill Realty, The WASSAW Group at Morgan Stanley and The Paris Market.

“I like the idea of Sibelius being a ‘northern’ composer and Bizet being from the ‘south’,” reflects Peter Shannon, Artistic Director and Conductor. “One presupposes that the Carmen Suites in their burning fire would contrast starkly with the Sibelius. The truth is that the Sibelius Symphony No. 1 has some of the most gloriously magical melodies of any symphony. I know people will come for the Carmen, but it will be the Sibelius they will leave the concert remembering.”

Tickets for Berlioz, Bizet and Sibelius range from $16 to $70. 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, 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:

Chamber Concert No. 2: Tchaikovsky Sextet; Sunday, October 19, 2014 5pm Lutheran Church of the Ascension
Begun while Tchaikovsky was visiting Italy and finished in Russia, this composition merges both dominant, folk-like themes typical in Russian compositions with calmer, more romantic themes suggesting his Italian influence. Tickets are $20.

Anthony Kearns in Concert: Ireland’s Finest Tenor; Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:30pm Lucas Theatre for the Arts
The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus invite you to enjoy light opera overtures and opera choruses, in addition to Irish traditional favorites and opera standards from one of Ireland’s most famous tenors, Anthony Kearns. Tickets are $16 to $70.

Chamber Concert No. 3: Mostly Mozart; Sunday, November 23, 2014 5pm   Lutheran Church of the Ascension
For the first time, the Savannah Philharmonic presents a beautiful chamber music concert devoted exclusively to the music of Mozart. Tickets are $20.

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