SAVANNAH, GA – August 24, 2017 – The Savannah Philharmonic will kick off its highly-anticipated 2017-18 season with “Opening Night: The Thousand and One Nights” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St., in downtown Savannah.
Artistic Director and Conductor Peter Shannon and the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra will take audiences on a thrilling and colorful ride through the legendary “Thousand and One Nights” in Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative Scheherazade. Internationally renowned pianist Margaret Singer will join the orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s exquisite Piano Concerto No. 21.
Singer began her career as an accompanist at the age of 12, when she accompanied over 65 performances of Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” on tour throughout the Southwest. After graduating from Oklahoma College for Women, she continued her education on a Fulbright grant at the Royal Academy of Music in London.There, she was awarded prizes both as soloist and accompanist. Upon returning to America, she moved to New York City, where she accompanied many vocal studios, eventually serving as Assistant Conductor at the New York City Opera. This was followed by engagements with the San Francisco Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Washington (D.C.) Opera. In 1986, Singer moved to Hannover, Germany, where she was engaged as Solorepetitorin at the local Opera Company. She has also served as artistic assistant in the Studio of Professor Ulf Hoelscher, noted German violinist, and led the Opera Department at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Singer has a repertoire of more than 70 operas, which she has prepared in productions with conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Julius Rudel, Giuseppe Patane, and many more.
“This season is flanked by giants of the orchestral repertoire: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Beethoven’s monumental 9th symphony,” Shannon said. “In our first concert of the season Concertmaster Sinisa Ciric will shine in Scheherazade. We begin the concert with the brilliant ‘Bartered Bride’ Overture, which is thrilling and dangerously fast! And I get to enjoy the playing of one of my closest music friends from Germany, Margaret Singer. Margaret is from the States but we have known each other for decades in Germany. What a joy it will be to hear her share that German musical heritage with Savannah audiences when she plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto number 21, famous as the ‘Elvira Madigan’ concerto.”
Under the direction of Shannon and Executive Director Terri O’Neil, the Savannah Philharmonic’s ninth season will feature orchestral classics, dazzling displays and crowd favorites with performances spanning from this opening concert on Sept. 16, 2017 to the season finale on May 5, 2018.
The Savannah Philharmonic is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission 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 Savannah Philharmonic aims to exhilarate, educate, and enrich a large and diverse audience in the greater Savannah community.
Tickets to the opening night concert cost $15-$80 each and can be purchased by visiting www.savannahboxoffice.com.