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Savannah Philharmonic Presents Handel’s Choral Masterpiece, Messiah, Friday, February 21st

Savannah, Ga. – The Savannah Philharmonic will perform Handel’s choral masterpiece Messiah on Friday, February 21st at 7:30pm in the exquisite, soaring setting of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. This concert includes four special guest artists from the Halle State Opera House in Halle, Germany. The Presenting Concert Sponsors are Inge Brasseler and the German Heritage Society with additional sponsorship by the Autobahn Service Center.

“It is rare to hear this epic choral masterwork performed in its entirety,” explains Peter Shannon, Artistic Director & Conductor. “Most people will have heard bits and pieces of the larger work at Christmas or Easter. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the soloists from the State Opera House in Halle, Germany – Handel’s birthplace and also Savannah’s sister city.  The concert performance takes place on the weekend of Handel’s 328th birthday. The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will bring this thrilling, majestic oratorio to life.”

The Philharmonic welcomes, for the first time to Savannah, soprano, Romelia Lichtenstein; countertenor (alto) Hagen Matzeit; tenor, Robert Sellier; and bass, Ki-Hyun Park. These exceptional guest artists from the Halle Opera House will perform the dazzling fiery solos alongside the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra.

“We were surprised by the early sell-out,” states David Pratt, executive director of the Savannah Philharmonic. “We somewhat anticipate Holiday Pops, but to have Messiah sell-out nearly 5 weeks before a concert is definitely a first for the Philharmonic.”

A waiting list has been established for those seeking tickets. Please contact the Savannah Philharmonic office at 912.232.6002 with your name, number of tickets requested, seating level and a return phone number.

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 info@savannahphilharmonic.org

UPCOMING SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC EVENTS:

Chamber Concert No. 5: Brass Recital; Sunday, March 9, 2014  5pm Telfair Academy

Join the Savannah Philharmonic Brass for an uplifting program including Ewald, Bach & Gabrieli. Tickets are $20, but this concert currently sold out.

Season Finale: Mahler & Grieg; Saturday, April 26, 2014  7:30pm Savannah Civic Center – Johnny Mercer Theater

Savannah’s own concert pianist, Quynh Shannon, will delight the audience with the beautiful and lively Piano Concerto in A minor by Grieg. Mahler’s emotional, bold and tumultuous Symphony No. 5 brings our 5th Anniversary Season to a perfect close. Tickets are $16 to $70

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