Savannah Philharmonic Presents Annual Holiday Pops

Harry O’Donoghue
Harry O’Donoghue

Audiences will experience the magic of the season when the Savannah Philharmonic presents their annual Holiday Pops concerts at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 pm.

Presenting only the best of joy and cheer, the Savannah Philharmonic, along with beloved guest Harry O’Donoghue, will perform cherished favorites such as White Christmas, O Holy Night, and selections from The Nutcracker. Sold out for the past two years, the Philharmonic’s holiday concert remains the preeminent holiday event in Savannah.

“I’ve tried to get everything in here,” declares Conductor and Artistic Director Peter Shannon. “Classical fans will get their fill with beautiful excerpts from “Hansel and Gretel”, “The Nutcracker” and of course “The Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah” is a must! Jazzy carols from the chorus and sing-a-longs for the audience, perennial favorites that we must have like “Sleigh Ride” and “O Holy Night”, and my Irish friend and musician Harry O Donoghue make for the perfect spirit of the season. Phew! That’s one VERY full Christmas stocking. Happy holidays Savannah!”

The Savannah Philharmonic is thrilled to feature master folksinger, storyteller and songwriter, Harry O’Donoghue as guest performer. On stage with acoustic guitar, bodhran and his gentle voice, Harry weaves and interconnects a pattern filled with history and culture. Add with that his quick wit, engaging humor and ability to draw an audience into a show, the result is a wonderfully enjoyable and memorable experience.

Born and raised in Droghega on the banks of the River Boyne, just three miles inland from the Irish Sea, Harry began his musical career when he was twenty. In 1979 he was a founding member of the group Terra Nova, and by the mid-eighties they were touring the U.S. and signed to Polydor Records. When the group performed their last concert in 1987, Harry embarked on what would become a hugely successful solo career.

Harry performs throughout the U.S. and Ireland in a variety of settings and is active in the Savannah community he calls home. He co-produces and hosts “The Green Island Radio Show” on Georgia Public Broadcasting, interviewing touring artists and reviewing and airing new Celtic music. He also hosts singing workshops, passing songs along in the oral tradition. Well respected in his community, Harry sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Irish Studies at Georgia Southern University and was voted Best Acoustic / Folk Artist by the readers of Connect Savannah every year since 2001 until that category was eliminated.

Concert tickets are available for purchase at or by calling the box office at (912) 525-5050. Prices for remaining tickets are $36 and $100 per person (all $55 tickets are sold out for both performances). Family tickets, which include a 15% discount for a family of four, are available for $122.50.

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