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World-Renowned Irish Tenor, Anthony Kearns joins the Savannah Philharmonic & Chorus

Savannah, Ga. – The songs, arias and melodies of a Golden Age will resound at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:30pm when the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will be joined onstage by Irish tenor, Anthony Kearns. Mr. Kearns, considered Ireland’s foremost tenor, is recognized around the globe for over a decade of extraordinary collaborative work with the PBS super-group, The Irish Tenors. Supporting Sponsor is O.C. Welch – Ford Lincoln. The Contributing Sponsors are Austin Hill Realty and Wells Fargo – The Private Bank.

“You probably know both Peter Shannon and I are from Ireland. But what you may not know is that all the music for the evening is arranged/orchestrated by Irish composers,” reveals Mr. Kearns. “It will be an evening to get a true flavor of Ireland with warm, rich and vibrant music – pretty much the closest thing to visiting Ireland.”

It is also the first concert of the 2014-2015 season for the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus who have been hard at work for this evening and the following three concerts – the perennial favorite, Holiday Pops this December and Haydn’s “The Creation” in January 2015.

“The Philharmonic Chorus is eagerly anticipating their 2014-2015 season debut with Anthony Kearns,” explains Monica Harper, newly appointed Chorusmaster. “We have been working to build upon a solid foundation of choral technique each week.  The chorus members are rising to the challenge, and I have been encouraged and excited by the progress we have made in greater sound quality.  The prevailing attitude amongst chorus members is to work hard and give one’s very best in every single minute and for every single note of rehearsal, and that is how progress happens – it also attracts some of the best choral talent in Savannah.  I am looking forward personally to concertgoers enjoying some of the fruits of the chorus’s labors. The musical genius that Peter Shannon brings to the chorus combined with the technical prowess the singers are developing should make for a thrilling concert.”

Or in the words of Mr. Kearns, “..all the ingredients for a wonderful evening in Savannah!”

Tickets for Anthony Kearns, Irish Tenor range from $16 to $70. To purchase tickets, visit www.savannahphilharmonic.org or call the box office Monday-Friday 10am – 5pm at 912.525.5050.

ABOUT SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC:

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(c)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. Season subscription packages, as well as individual tickets for single concerts, are now on sale and may be purchased by calling the Savannah Box Office at (912) 525-5050.

If you would like more information about the Savannah Philharmonic, to schedule an interview with Artistic Director Peter Shannon, please call Mary Catherine Mousourakis/660-2654 or email at mc@savannahphilharmonic.org

UPCOMING SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC EVENTS:.

Chamber Concert No. 3: Mostly Mozart; Sunday, November 23, 2014 5pm   Lutheran Church of the Ascension
For the first time, the Savannah Philharmonic presents a beautiful chamber music concert devoted exclusively to the music of Mozart. Tickets are $20.

Holiday Pops; Friday, December 12 & Saturday, December 13, 2014   7:30pm   Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
A Savannah tradition, Holiday Pops returns! Featuring some of the most entertaining and well-loved holiday music, the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus brings the magic, joy, and cheer of the holiday season to Savannah. Tickets are $18 to $100.

Family Holiday Pops; Saturday, December 13   3:00pm   Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, with special guests the Savannah Children’s Choir, performs a one-hour, holiday-themed concert for children of all ages. Enjoy performances from popular films Frozen and The Polar Express as well as traditional holiday classics. Tickets are $25 for a family of 4, $10 for individual tickets. All General Admission.

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