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Savannah Philharmonic 2016-'17 Season Opening Performance @Lucas Theatre for the Arts

GET READY for another year of beautiful music from the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Featuring works by Rossini, Sortomme, and Beethoven, the performance is an excellent introduction for folks who haven’t experienced the magic of the orchestra and a welcome return for established fans.

Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) shows off the work of one of the most celebrated opera composers of all time. Sortomme’s violin concerto makes its world premiere at the event, performed by renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira (Boston Symphony, London Philharmonic). Oliveira is the only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky International Competition, so the audience is truly in for a rare treat.

For the big finish, it’s Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, the “Eroica” (the “Heroic”). Originally titled “Bonaparte,” the piece is considered a turning point in musical history since its premiere in 1805.

If you’re interested in seeing all the Philharmonic has to offer this year, look into purchasing a subscription package. The Philharmonic Experience package includes tickets for all eight orchestral/choral concerts and half-off passes to all six chamber music series concerts. Series 8 gets you tickets to all eight orchestra/chorus concerts for 15% off. The Pick 5 package allows patrons to choose any five orchestral/chorus concerts for a 10% discount. Lastly, the Flex 3 package lets patrons pick any three orchestra/chorus concerts for a 5% discount. The chamber music series package includes tickets to all six chamber concerts for the price of five. And, of course, tickets can be purchased for individual events, but we suggest getting those seats soon—the Philharmonic’s audience continues to grow, and fans better act quickly to guarantee their spot.

Saturday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., all-ages, $16-100 via