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Savannah Philharmonic to Present Tchaikovsky and Beethoven on Saturday, November 19, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Royceann Friedman, 912. 655-5100

Savannah, GA – The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra will present popular classical selections from Weber, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Light, fun and energetic, the evening’s repertoire will begin with the beautiful melody of Weber’s Oberon Overture. The audience will then experience the virtuosic brilliance of soloist Shaun Tirrell performing Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, a piece full of serenity and conviction. The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s spectacular Symphony No. 7, one of the composer’s favorites and often described as a symphony of dance. Ticket holders may also choose to attend the educational pre-concert talk facilitated by the Savannah Friends of Music commencing at 6:30 pm.

“I’m so looking forward to hearing Shaun Tirrell play the Tchaikovsky concerto. His amazing virtuosity and his ability to wear his heart on his sleeve, and give his all, will make this a concert to remember for me. I love his energy and musicianship at the piano,” states Peter Shannon, Conductor and Artistic Director. “The overture “Oberon” has always been one of my favorites, and well, what can I say about Beethoven 7? We’ve had such amazing responses from our loyal Savannah audience to our performances of Beethoven’s symphonies No. 1, 5 and 9, but No. 7 will always have a special place in my heart. It is with this piece that I won my first professional conducting post in Germany, and I know the Savannah Philharmonic musicians are looking forward to this one. This will be some evening!”

The Philharmonic welcomes back noted piano soloist Shaun Tirrell for a second performance this season. Described as a “Hurricane at the Piano”, Mr. Tirrell’s concerts continue to generate admiration from music critics and audiences across the world. His other engagements for the 2011-2012 season include solo concerts in Washington DC, Atlanta, Baltimore and concerto engagements with the Washington Soloists and St. Petersburg Symphony.

Past performances include solo recitals at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre, Jordan Hall in Boston, The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the “Great Hall” in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Alte Aula in Heidelberg, Germany. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with several orchestras worldwide including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Heidelberg’s Collegium Musicum (Germany), The Irish National Symphony (Dublin Ireland), and the St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia). This past season Mr. Tirrell appeared as soloist with the Concert Artist’s of Baltimore, the Savannah Philharmonic and the Washington Soloists.

Shaun Tirrell earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin Conservatory, studying under Joseph Schwartz and receiving the John Elvin Prize and the Rudolph Serkin Prize. Further studies under Julian Martin at Peabody Conservatory led to a Masters of Music degree and acceptance into the prestigious Artist Diploma Program. He shared first prize in the Pro Piano International Competition in New York. Mr. Tirrell lives in Gaithersburg MD with his wife and three children.

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

The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra is a professional per-service symphony orchestra. The Savannah Philharmonic Chorus is a community-based auditioned ensemble that works 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. For more information please visit www.savannahphilharmonic.org.