Savannah Philharmonic Presents Fauré’s Requiem Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Savannah Philharmonic will perform Fauré’s Requiem on Sunday, October 20 at 5:00 pm in the exquisite setting of the historic Lucas Theatre for the Arts. The concert will be dedicated in memory of Dick Platt, the organization’s first Chairman. The afternoon performance will commence with Bizet’s enchanting Symphony in C, an amazing accomplishment for a young student composer. Following intermission, the Philharmonic Chorus will take the stage to present Fauré’s sublime, melodic Requiem. Performed in Latin, the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead is the best known of Fauré’s large works. Ticket holders may also choose to attend a free educational pre-concert talk presented by the Savannah Friends of Music at 4:00 pm. The Supporting Concert Sponsor is Sea Island Bank, and the Soloists Sponsor is The Bouchillon, Ham & Dekle Group Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

“The first half of our concert begins with a piece that not many know: Bizet’s Symphony in C. Though better known for his popular Carmen and The Pearl Fishers operas, it’s a mystery to me how this always seems to escape being played! It’s full of the lyricism and beauty of the other popular works – an extraordinary achievement for the then 17-year old composer,” says the Philharmonic’s Artistic Director and Conductor, Peter Shannon. “From one piece of beauty to the next: Faure’s Requiem has been described as a “lullaby for the dead”. The only criticism I’ve ever heard is that it is too beautiful! How can that be, I wonder? Is there such a thing as a “too beautiful moon”? It may border on being too sweet, but that was the composer’s nature, and he asked for that to be respected,” he muses. “The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will bring this beauty to life, and it will ring all the more true as this concert is in memory of Dick Platt, first chairman of the Philharmonic, and a dear friend to many of us who miss him.”

The Savannah Philharmonic is pleased to be accompanied by two accomplished soloists, soprano Heidi Bindhammer and Bass Baritone Kyle Hancock. Heidi Bindhammer earned her B.S. in Vocal Pedagogy from Roberts Wesleyan College and her M.M. in Vocal Performance from Georgia Southern University in 2001. She has appeared frequently as a soloist with the Savannah Symphony, Orchestra Players of Savannah, the Savannah Sinfonietta, and the Hilton Head Symphony. In addition to appearing with the Savannah Philharmonic, she has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in their Easter Concert of Handel’s Messiah. Some of her accomplishments include winning the 2000 MET Awards for the state of Georgia, first runner- up for the 2000 NATSAA competition for Georgia , a finalist in the 2000 Birmingham Opera Competition, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2005 American Traditions Competition. She currently teaches voice and music at Savannah State University.

Kyle Hancock, bass-baritone, made his operatic debut in 1977 in the role of Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Lyric Opera Cleveland. Since then, he has sung more than 40 principal roles with companies such as Pensacola Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pittsburgh Chamber Opera. He created the role of the Banker in the American premiere of the three-act version of Alban Berg’s Lulu with the Santa Fe Opera and has participated in several world premieres. In concert, he has performed the baritone and bass solos with numerous orchestras throughout the Southeast and Midwest. As director of Georgia Southern Opera from 1997-2002, Hancock directed productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience and The Mikado; Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, The Medium, and The Telephone; and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. He has also conducted the Georgia Southern Opera Orchestra in productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Hancock has led the Shaker Symphony of Cleveland, Ohio, and was associate conductor of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Choir, also of Cleveland, from 1979- 1989. Hancock received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and is currently a voice 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.

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.

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