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Savannah Philharmonic to Present Season Finale Concert

Savannah, GA – The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra will present its 2012-2013 Season Finale Concert on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the classically beautiful setting of the historic Lucas Theatre. The evening’s exhilarating repertoire will feature two works by one of the most famous and influential composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven, including his Coriolan Overture and the humorous Symphony No. 4. Audiences will also enjoy a special appearance by German pianist Michael Hauber, sponsored by Mrs. Kathryn O. Levitt, as he performs the thrilling Piano Concerto No. 2 by the Romantic French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to attend an educational pre-concert talk presented by the Savannah Friends of Music at 6:30 pm.

“We end our fourth season with Beethoven’s wonderful Symphony No. 4. It is a powerhouse piece to be sure, and this orchestra plays the German romantics like no other,” says Artistic Director and Conductor Peter Shannon. “The last time I conducted a Beethoven symphony was with the State opera Orchestra in Halle Germany, so I know a thing or two about Beethoven! Saint Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in the first half is the perfect match for the Beethoven, full of musical jokes and about as playful as it gets,” he continues. “Our soloist, Michael Hauber, is a fabulous pianist who is professor of piano at the Mannheim Conservatory of Music in Germany, a city full of rich musical tradition. It’s all shaping up to be an incredible evening of music!”

The Philharmonic welcomes for the first time piano soloist Michael Hauber. Hauber received his musical education at the Musikhochschule in his native town of Stuttgart, from where he graduated with a soloist diploma. In 1984 he was awarded a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Programme, and from 1984 to 1988 studied in the United States in the class of the legendary pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

Successes in international competitions, notably at the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1989, launched Mr. Hauber on a career that has taken him all over Europe, as well as to North and South America and Asia. He has appeared as soloist with numerous well known orchestras, in particular the Stuttgart Philharmonic under Mario Venzago, the BBC Scottish Symphony under Osmo Vänskä and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra under maestro Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Hauber is also well known as a chamber musician. His piano trio “Trio Opus 8”, founded in 1986, became internationally known after winning the Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin and the International Chamber Music Competition in Trieste. In addition to keeping up a busy concert schedule, the trio has made many recordings. Mr. Hauber is also a Professor of Piano at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts.

Tickets for the Finale Concert are available for purchase by calling the box office at (912) 525-5050 or online at www.savannahphilharmonic.org. Ticket prices are $16 – $55 with limited premium seating at $65.

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.

If you would like more information about the Savannah Philharmonic, or to schedule an interview with Artistic Director Peter Shannon, please call Royceann Friedman at 912/655-5100 or email Royceann Friedman at: RFMarketing@bellsouth.net.