SAVANNAH, GA – April 13, 2018 – Join the Savannah Philharmonic as the 2017-18 season concludes in renowned fashion with the spectacular Season Finale: Beethoven’s Immortal Ninth at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Johnny Mercer Theater, 301 W. Oglethorpe Avenue in downtown Savannah.


In addition to enjoying an evening of epic music, the audience will see Savannah Philharmonic Chorus Master Monica Dekle conduct her final performance with the Savannah Philharmonic. Dekle, a nationally recognized musician, has served as the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus Master since 2014. This is her final season with the organization.


The evening begins with the vivacious Konzertstück by Robert Schumann, featuring a quartet of French horn virtuosos from the Savannah Philharmonic and the Jackson Symphony. Then the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus concludes its ninth season with another “ninth” –  Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9 in D minor, featuring one of the most beloved melodies of all time, the “Ode to Joy.” The Savannah Friends of Music will present an informative pre-concert talk by music scholar John Canarina at 6:30 p.m.


“Schumann’s Konzertstueck is one of those pieces where the frequency of its performance is inversely proportioned to its brilliance. I have always loved this electric gem of a piece. In it, my love of the French horn and my love for Schumann’s brilliance has a perfect home; and I know that our loyal audience will love this. Describing Beethoven’s final symphony in words is like trying to count to infinity. This symphony’s place in this composer’s catalogue of works, its place in history and its message of Utopian brotherhood where we, as citizens of the world can together live in harmony is as relevant today as it was when it was written,” said Savannah Philharmonic Artistic Director and Conductor Peter Shannon. “For me, personally, it is a work of earth-shattering content and proportion. Beethoven stated that through Art and Science we may somehow make ourselves more than mere mortals. The performance of the Savannah Philharmonic orchestra and chorus, complete with the heroic yet selfless ‘Ode to Joy’ at the end, will have everything of Beethoven’s dream: All musicians and singers joining to channel this genius towards making the world a better place, even just for an evening. The word ‘epic’ should be used carefully and seldom, but it should be used sometimes.”


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.


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