The Savannah Philharmonic’s 10th anniversary season, announced Monday at Lucas Theatre, will kick off with “10 Years in the Making: Fire & Spirit” on Sept. 22 and conclude with “Shannon Conducts Mahler” on May 4, 2019.
The announcement event kicked off with a performance by the Philharmonic’s concertmaster Sinisa Ciric and principle musicians Ricardo Ochoa, LiZhou Liu, Steven Thomas and Vadim Volynets.
“The 10th season represents the best of everything we have brought to Savannah in the past, including an exciting reprise of the very first concert that the Philharmonic gave; performing Beethoven’s heroic fifth symphony,” said Savannah Philharmonic artistic director and conductor Peter Shannon.
A focal point of the season will be the 10th anniversary fundraising gala “An Enchanting Evening” on Jan. 26. Philharmonic supporters Bob and Alice Jepson will serve as honorary chairs of this black-tie event.
Also released were details regarding a collaboration between the Savannah Philharmonic and Savannah Music Festival. This long-awaited and highly anticipated collaboration, featuring renowned jazz pianist/composer Marcus Roberts and his trio, will be at 7:30 p.m. April 6, 2019.
The Savannah Philharmonic also announced the Larsen Musician Spotlight Series, featuring performances curated and performed by Philharmonic musicians. This Spotlight Series of seven concerts is an opportunity to get to know Philharmonic musicians up-close and personal. From Baroque to brass, this series features works for chamber music ensembles.
Special subscription packages have been designed to give students the opportunity to attend the spotlight series at affordable prices. In addition, a new social media campaign was created and launched by students in SCAD’s United Re(Action) network group. United Re(Action) president and SCAD valedictorian Nicolas Barrera Castaneda presented the campaign during the launch party.
“There is great excitement by the entire community as we move into our second decade as Savannah’s Philharmonic; a cultural, educational and economic asset to the city,” said Terri O’Neil, executive director.
Shannon added, “The other concerts of the season represent a healthy growth in many directions. I’m particularly excited about the ‘musicians choice’ concert, whereby the orchestral musicians themselves got to choose the concert repertoire, and I’m very much looking forward to the final concert of the season with Mahler’s second symphony including the Philharmonic Chorus. Other highlights include Irish tenor Anthony Kearns and a Broadway-themed concert with the wonderful musicians of the Savannah Theatre.”