Savannah Philharmonic to Present Tchaikovsky and Beethoven

The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra will present popular classical selections from Weber, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Light, fun and energetic, the evening’s repertoire will begin with the beautiful melody of Weber’s Oberon Overture.

The audience will then experience the virtuosic brilliance of soloist Shaun Tirrell performing Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bflat minor, a piece full of serenity and conviction.

The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s spectacular Symphony No. 7, one of the composer’s favorites and often described as a symphony of dance. Ticket holders may also choose to attend the educational pre-concert talk facilitated by the Savannah Friends of Music commencing at 6:30 pm.

The Philharmonic welcomes back noted piano soloist Shaun Tirrell for a second performance this season. Described as a “Hurricane at the Piano”, Mr. Tirrell’s concerts continue to generate admiration from music critics and audiences across the world. His other engagements for the 2011-2012 season include solo concerts in Washington DC, Atlanta, Baltimore and concerto engagements with the Washington Soloists and St. Petersburg Symphony.

This past season Mr. Tirrell appeared as soloist with the Concert Artist’s of Baltimore, the Savannah Philharmonic and the Washington Soloists.

Shaun Tirrell earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin Conservatory, studying under Joseph Schwartz and receiving the John Elvin Prize and the Rudolph Serkin Prize. Further studies under Julian Martin at Peabody Conservatory led to a Masters of Music degree and acceptance into the prestigious Artist Diploma Program. He shared first prize in the Pro Piano International Competition in New York. Mr. Tirrell lives in Gaithersburg MD with his wife and three children.

Concert tickets are available for purchase at or by calling the box office at (912) 525- 5050. Ticket prices are $16 – $55 and $65 for premium seating.

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