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SAVANNAH, GA – January 3, 2018 The Savannah Philharmonic is set to present its next performance, Royal Baroque, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn Street, in downtown Savannah.

Grand masters Bach and Handel take center stage in this evening of beloved Baroque-era masterworks. From Pachelbel’s hauntingly beautiful Canon in D to Handel’s exhilarating Royal Fireworks Music, this is an evening of music sure to leave the audience wanting more.

“What I love most about Baroque music is that the composers of the time truly believed in the power of music to speak to its audience. This insistence on the power of music to communicate has to be taken very seriously by the performer and so when the Savannah Philharmonic take to the stage for ‘Royal Baroque’ it will be a powerful and moving experience,” said Artistic Director and Conductor Peter Shannon. “Performance practice of the time is complex but we are very fortunate in Savannah to have many players in the orchestra who have a strong background in this music.

Our Concertmaster Sinisa Ciric is a world class baroque player, and this makes my job a lot easier – the same can be said for the other string principals. We are delighted to feature our talented principal flautist Jeana Melilli as soloist in Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto,” Shannon said. “The rest of the program features the last giants of the Baroque Era; Handel and Bach. The trick will be to match the energy on stage for ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’ with the beauty and serenity of Bach’s ‘Air on a G String’ from his 3rd Suite. This will be a stellar evening.”

Melilli has been the Savannah Philharmonic’s Principal Flute since the organization’s inception and currently serves as the organization’s Education and Community Outreach Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance from The Catholic University of America and a Master’s

degree from Northwestern University. Melilli is the piccolo/third flute for the Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and the South Carolina Philharmonic, as well as an extra musician for the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Charleston Symphony, and other orchestras throughout the Southeast. She is a historical performance advocate and a founding member of the Savannah Baroque and the Vista Ensemble playing Baroque flute in each.

Ciric has performed in countless concerts as soloists and in chamber ensembles and orchestras. As a member of the Symphonic Orchestra of Serbian Radio Television and Belgrade Philharmonic, he cooperated with many international conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Christian Mandeal, Christian Badea and others. Ciric is a founding member o the Balkan Quartet, with whom he has performed in many concerts promoting the rich musical heritage of his native Servia and the Balkans.

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 “Royal Baroque” cost $15-$80 and can be purchased by visiting www.savannahboxoffice.com.

For more information about this concert or the Savannah Philharmonic, please visit www.savannahphilharmonic.org, call 912-232-6002 or email info@savannahphilharmonic.org.


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