September 5, 2018 – Savannah, GA — The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra will introduce audiences to the Larsen Musician Spotlight Series beginning Sunday, September 30. This unique series of seven concerts will feature spectacular performances curated by Philharmonic musicians, and offer guests an exciting and intimate experience into the imagination, expertise and skill found within the orchestra. All seven, one-hour concerts will be performed on Sunday afternoons at 5 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 120 Bull St.
From Baroque to brass, the Larsen Musician Spotlight Series will feature sensational works for chamber music ensembles of various sizes and genres. With value priced tickets of $25 each, and extra savings available through subscription packages, all seven concerts for $150, and students can purchase the entire series at a 50% discount. The Larsen Musician Spotlight Series is the perfect opportunity to experience live classical in an intimate setting and gives attendees the chance to personally meet the musicians after the concerts.
Brass on High will be the Spotlight series’ inaugural concert, set for Sept. 30, and will feature members of the Philharmonic’s bright and brilliant brass section as they perform illuminating arrangements of favorite classical melodies from Purcell to Bizet. No one will want to miss this first, exhilarating performance.
The Spotlight series continues Oct. 14, with Masters of Baroque, featuring Jeana Melilli on flute, Ann Cafferty on violin, Marcy Brenner on gamba and Anne Acker on harpsicord. These outstanding musicians will take the audience on a European adventure performing Baroque pieces from Italy, France and Germany, all on period instruments.
On Nov. 4, a bombastic chamber performance, Mallets and Melodies, will be presented with a repertoire including: Dave Hall, Escape Velocity, Tom Gauger, Gainsborough, Ney Rosauro, Brazilian Myths, along with Matt Fallin, Ryan LeVeille, Ray McClain, Jesse Monkman, Steve Primatic and Diana Sharpe. This concert shines a spotlight on the Philharmonic’s tremendous percussion section and is guaranteed to create an evening of rhythmic and harmonic virtuosity and excitement.
Rising Stars will be the Spotlight series’ first concert of the New Year. On Jan. 27, audiences will be transformed during an evening of lush and dreamy French impressionist music by Debussy and Franck. This vibrant and ethereal concert features up-and-coming stars of the Savannah Philharmonic: Adrianne Munden-Dixon on violin, Lavinia Pavlish on violin, Patrick Shelc on viola, Ismail Akbar on cello and Margarita Rovenskaya on piano. They’ll perform the Claude Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10, and César Franck Piano Quintet in F minor,
On Sunday, Feb. 24, the Spotlight series will present An Evening with the Concertmaster, featuring Savannah Philharmonic’s own concertmaster, Dr. Sinisa Ciric, along with the internationally-renowned Italian pianist, Paolo André Gualdi. Audiences will be memorably awed as these brilliant, master musicians perform the deeply melodic and lyrical works of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No.10 and César Franck’s Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano.
A winds concert, Mozart’s “Gran Partita”, will be presented on Sunday, March 10. Composed at the peak of his abilities, Mozart’s tour de force “Gran Partita,” will feature Philharmonic musicians: Andrew Jay Ripley and Brian Seaton, oboes, Kristen Spiridon, Leslie Johnson, Taylor Massey and Jeana Melilli, clarinets, Sandra Nikolajevs and Sasha Enegren, bassoons, Mike Daly, David Bradley, Debra Sherrill-Ward and Helen Werling, horns, and Vadim Volynets, bass. Written for a unique 13-member chamber ensemble, the complex and colorful melodies of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 for Winds in B-flat major, K. 361/370a “Gran Partita” are not ones to be missed.
The final Larsen Musician Spotlight Series concert is a crowd-favorite. Celli will be presented on Sunday, April 28 featuring the sensational, all-female cello quartet. Musicians Mary Beth Bryant, Erin Cassel, Nan Kemberling and Jessica Messere are returning to the chamber series by popular demand and will perform custom-made arrangements of works from Renaissance to modern popular charts. By combining tunes in astonishing ways never heard before, Celli promises the audience a thrilling evening full of high energy and rapturous excitement.
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