The Savannah Philharmonic unveiled its 2017-18 season today. Under the direction of artistic director and conductor Peter Shannon, the Philharmonic's ninth season will feature orchestral classics, virtuoso displays and crowd favorites.
"We're thrilled to announce the Savannah Philharmonic's glorious 2017-118 season," said Shannon. "We know that these concerts will attract a broad audience of regulars and new people. The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus look forward to giving their all to perform for everyone!"
"Opening Night: The Thousand and One Nights"
7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.
This opening night concert will take audiences on a thrilling and colorful ride through the legendary "Thousand and One Nights" in Rimsky-Korsakov's evocative "Scheherazade." Internationally renowned pianist Margaret Singer will also join the stage for a performance of Mozart's exquisite Piano Concerto No. 21.
"Picnic in the Park"
Oct. 8 in Forsyth Park
The Savannah Philharmonic and the city of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs will once again present "Picnic in the Park." The Philharmonic will host the evening's concert at this free community event, the largest concert in Savannah. Picnic in the Park has been a local tradition for 30 years and typically attracts more than 18,000 attendees.
"From the New World"
7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Lucas Theatre
The Savannah Philharmonic Chorus will join the orchestra for its "From the New World" concert. DvoÅ™Ã¡k's beloved Symphony No. 9, with its well-known melodies inspired by Longfellow's "Hiawatha," is the centerpiece of this powerful performance. The chorus, along with local singer Stephen Dobson, will join the orchestra for another work based on "Hiawatha" by African-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 (3 p.m. family matinee) at Savannah Civic Center's Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.
The crowd-pleasing "Holiday Pops" concert will return with a family matinee and an evening performance. The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will perform classical gems and holiday favorites sure to get audiences in the holiday spirit. The featured soloist, American Traditions Vocal Competition's 2017 Gold Medalist Julie Benko, will wow guests with her vocal virtuosity. The one-hour matinee is great for families, especially with younger children. The matinee will feature the Savannah Children's Choir along with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra.
7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 2018, at Lucas Theatre for the Arts
Grand masters Bach and Handel will take center stage with the "Royal Baroque" concert. This evening will feature beloved Baroque-era masterworks from Pachelbel's hauntingly beautiful Canon in D to Handel's exhilarating Royal Fireworks Music.
"Music of Billy Joel and Elton John"
7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, 2018, at Johnny Mercer Theatre
Audiences are in for a hip-swinging, toe-tapping treat as the Savannah Philharmonic is joined by the rousing quartet Piano Men for "Music of Billy Joel and Elton John." Like last season's "The Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein," the Philharmonic is expecting this concert to sell out.
"Tchaikovsky and Brahms"
7:30 p.m. March 24, 2018, at Lucas Theatre
Violinist Sirena Huang, winner of the 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, will join the Philharmonic for a performance of Tchaikovsky's fiery and passionate Violin Concerto in D major. The evening will conclude with the lush and vibrant Fourth Symphony of Johannes Brahms, one of music's great, inspiring masterpieces.
An evening of love songs
7:30 p.m. April 21, 2018, at Armstrong State University Auditorium, 11935 Abercorn St.
Join the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus for an evening of love songs to stir the soul and fill the heart with joy. Bring someone you love to enjoy this concert featuring "Danny Boy," "All You Need is Love," "If Music Be the Food of Love," "The King of Love My Shepherd Is," "What the World Needs Now" and other love songs from the classical, pop and sacred genres.
"Season Finale: Beethoven's Immortal Ninth"
7:30 p.m. May 5, 2018, at Johnny Mercer Theatre
Experiencing Beethoven's epic Symphony No. 9 in D minor is a memory to treasure and audiences will have this opportunity with the Savannah Philharmonic's season finale, "Beethoven's Immortal Ninth" concert. The evening will begin with the vivacious KonzertstÃ¼ck 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, along with soloists Mary Wilson, Martha Anderson, Robert Chafin and Roberto Mancusi, concludes its ninth season with one of the most beloved melodies of all time, "Ode to Joy."
CHAMBER CONCERT SERIES
In addition to the 2017-18 orchestral and choral performances, the Savannah Philharmonic will present its renowned Chamber Concert Series. This intimate concert series is set to begin with "The Trumpet and Organ Shall Sound" at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, 429 Abercorn St. Chorusmaster and lauded organist Monica Dekle and principal trumpet Clayton Chastain will present a collection of music on high.
At 5 p.m. Nov. 5, the Savannah Philharmonic will welcome back its principal wind players at the Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts Auditorium, 649 W. Jones St. "The Principal Winds in Paris" concert will take audiences on a delightful trip through the rich tradition of French chamber music by Louise Farrenc, a celebrated 19th-century composer and performer, and the witty 20th-century master Francis Poulenc. This performance will mark the Philharmonic's first in Garrison's new concert hall, which will be the venue for the remaining Chamber Series performances.
The "Beautiful Brahms" chamber concert will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at Garrison auditorium. Savannah Philharmonic violinist Adrienne Caravan will bring her dynamic quartet back for a performance of Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, a work full of the brooding and moving passion that is the hallmark of Brahms.
"The Balkan Quartet" concert will feature the dynamic and inspiring string group by the same name at 5 p.m. Jan. 14, 2018, at Garrison auditorium. The Balkan Quartet includes Serbian violinists Sinisa Ciric, Mirna Dinovic, violinist Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi and Bulgarian cellist Martin Gueorguiev. Their mission is to revive the powerful and the unique Balkan sound, and to inspire composers to create new music that uses an indigenous Balkan language and its rich ethno/folk heritage.
In another exploration of international culture, Savannah Philharmonic principal violinist LiZhou Liu will lead friends in a performance celebrating the Chinese New Year and Chinese culture. This "Chinese New Year Treasures" concert will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 16, 2018, at Garrison auditorium.
Finally, "Captivating Cello" will be at 5 p.m. March 11, 2018, at Garrison auditorium. In the final chamber concert, audiences will enjoy the rich and vibrant tone of Savannah Philharmonic principal cellist Steven Thomas as he and Quynh Shannon perform Schumann's warmly romantic "Adagio and Allegro," followed by Beethoven's final sonata for cello and piano, one of his fascinating and adventurous late works.
Ticket subscription packages, which offer first selection of seats at concerts and substantial discount opportunities, will be available from the Savannah Box Office beginning April 28. Single ticket sales begin July 5. For more information on purchasing tickets and subscription packages, go to www.savannahphilharmonic.org, call 912-232-6002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.