For the second time this year, the Savannah Philharmonic will host Philharmonic in the Streetz, a free performance that is one of the organization’s primary community outreach efforts.
The Nov. 18 concert at Greenbriar Children’s Center will be the third Philharmonic in the Streetz, after May’s event in the Edgemere/Sackville neighborhood, and will feature Atlanta Celli, free ice cram, refreshments and area food concessions.
Each event is a free, family-oriented orchestral showcase with the goal of enriching one Savannah neighborhood. It is partially funded by the City of Savannah through a program focused on not-for-profit outreach efforts that have economic impact and neighborhood development aspects.
“Phil in the Streetz really came about when our organization wanted to expand our audience and appreciation for what we do,” Savannah Philharmonic executive director Terri O’Neil told Do Savannah earlier this year. “It’s kind of like if you can’t get them to come to you, take the music to them ... We’re a cultural, educational and economic asset. The Phil in the Streetz is just another way that we give back and raise awareness of how all the dots are connected.”
Atlanta Celli is an unorthodox string quartet, comprised of four classically trained cellists and members of the Philharmonic, who extend the boundaries of cello music. Nan Kemberling, Erin Cassel, Mary Beth Bryant and Jessica Messere perform their own arrangements of an array of music from Beethoven to Black Sabbath, challenging preconceived notions of classical music.
“Atlanta Celli is thrilled to be a part of Philharmonic in the Streetz,” the group said in a press release. “We are in our element when we play somewhere that’s not traditionally used as a performance venue, as it is our desire to push the boundaries of what ‘classical music’ is all about. We can’t wait to show the community of Savannah what we have to offer. As members of the Philharmonic cello section, we are excited to represent the orchestra at Philharmonic in the Streetz!”