SAVANNAH, GA – March 25, 2019 – Today, Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) unveiled their eleventh season lineup, themed “THE BATON” which encompasses the thrilling Savannah’s Philharmonic Music Director search. The full-season subscriptions (for both new and renewing subscribers) go on sale Monday, March 25th. First-time and student subscribers receive a 50% discount when they purchase the entire season.
“THE BATON” signifies the search for the new music director for SPO which kicks off at the end of the tenth season with concerts conducted by Keitaro Harada on April 6 and Joseph Young on May 4 and continues throughout the entire eleventh season. The ten candidates, all of whom audiences will have the opportunity to see perform with the orchestra, have been selected by a search committee comprised of Philharmonic musicians, board members, staff, patrons and community partners. Audiences can weigh-in on the decision-making process by participating in a short electronic survey following the concerts.
Renewing ticket subscribers must book their seats for the eleventh season between March 25 and April 26, 2019 to guarantee their same seats from the previous season. After April 26, 2019, returning subscriber seats are not guaranteed. New subscribers for the Philharmonic Experience, Series 8, and the Student Suites are invited and encouraged to purchase their full-season subscriptions starting on March 25th. All first-time subscribers receive 50% discount off full-season packages. Multi-concert ticket packages are not considered subscriptions; however, these purchases are eligible for discounts based on the quantity of concerts purchased. However, annual donors who contribute $1,000 or more to support Savannah’s Philharmonic will be able to upgrade their multi-concert ticket packages to full-season subscriptions. If they become a first-time, full-season subscriber, they will receive even more value through the 50% discount. Multi-concert packages and single tickets go on sale to the public on May 7, 2019.
The eleventh season will begin on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 with “Triple Treat: Gershwin, Bernstein and Mussorgsky,” featuring conducting candidate Vladimir Kulenovic, and concludes on Saturday, May 2, 2020 with “Mozart Requiem,” featuring conducting candidate Lidiya Yankovskya (please see the full schedule in appendix one). This historic season will encompass the free and open to all “Picnic In The Park” on October 6, a “Holiday Spectacular” during the weekend of December 6-7, concerts featuring Mendelssohn, Mozart and more!
“There is a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation surrounding the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra’s spectacular eleventh season,” Savannah Philharmonic Executive Director Terri O’Neil said. “It’s going to be inspiring to have the Savannah community actively engaged in the search process for the new music director. I encourage everyone to get a head start on identifying their favorite candidates by reviewing their credentials and introductory videos at www.SavannahPhilharmonic.org Then, be sure to join us for the full season to experience our highly impressive conducting candidates perform with Savannah’s Philharmonic.”
Savannah Philharmonic is proud to announce the second season of the Larsen Musician Spotlight Series. The popular series, which is part of the Philharmonic Experience subscription package, consists of six Sunday afternoon concerts arranged throughout the eleventh season and will launch on Sunday, Sept. 29. The series, in its evolution, is going to feature COLLABORATIVE initiatives between our own Philharmonic musicians and premier institutions and artists from Savannah and beyond. Every concert will present a different perspective on all the aspects of Savannah Philharmonic’s involvement in the community and its mission to provide residents as well as visitors with the opportunity to attend chamber concerts of the highest artistic order. Major components of upcoming season will include educational and community outreach efforts with students from Savannah Arts Academy, bringing in premier and established ensembles as Blue Heron and ARCO Chamber Orchestra (University of Georgia), and commissioning a piece from Georgia Southern University composer and faculty member Dr. Martin Gendelman.
“The excitement and interest for all these presentations is already so high among our musicians as well as featured artists. We are very much looking forward to this opportunity to present these amazing performances to our audiences and to invite them to enjoy the presence of their own orchestra in their beloved city of Savannah,” commented Dr. Sinisa CIric, Savannah Philharmonic Concertmaster and the Artistic Director for the Spotlight Series.
“Education is a large part of our mission and to ensure students have the opportunity to experience live classical music, we have created special student subscription packages for the Spotlight Series and the Series 8”, added Terri O’Neil. Both subscription packages are offered at a 50% discount.
The Savannah Philharmonic is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission 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 Savannah Philharmonic aims to exhilarate, educate, and enrich a large and diverse audience in the greater Savannah community.
To learn more about the Savannah Philharmonic or full-season subscriptions, please visit www.savannahphilharmonic.org or call 912-232-6002.
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