SAVANNAH, GA — December 11, 2019 — Savannah Philharmonic is slated to present Mischievous Musiciansat 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts located at 32 Abercorn St. Join guest conductor Janna Hymes, guest soloist Nathan Lee on piano, and the fabulous Philharmonic Orchestra as they set out to prove classical music can be spectacular without being stuffy. #SavPhil
Known for her versatility, passion and innovation, American conductor Janna Hymes comes to town as guest conductor from Indiana’s Carmel Symphony Orchestra, where she has served as Music Director since 2017. Renowned for her inspiring performances, musical depth and energetic presence both on and off the podium, she has developed a reputation as an exciting, detailed communicator. In addition to her professional conducting career, Hymes is a frequent guest speaker and has served on the music faculty of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA), University of Akron (OH), Butler University (IN), and as Artist in Residence at Colby College (ME). A popular guest conductor, she continues to expand her relationships with orchestras nationwide.
Known for his fluid technique, excellent musical instincts and engaging personality, Nathan Lee first began playing the piano at the age of six and made his orchestral debut at the age of nine. At the age of fifteen, he won First Prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was awarded no less than 14 special Concert Prizes. He currently holds the Mortimer Levitt Piano Chair of Young Concert Artists. Lee made his New York debut at 16 in The Peter Marino Concert, opening the Young Concert Artists Series at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and, on May 16, 2019, he gave his New York Concerto Debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, performing the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Teddy Abrams.
First on the evening’s program of Mischievous Musicians will be Ibert’s Divertissement, which was originally written for the theater and pokes fun at famous music of the time including Mendelssohn’s famous Wedding March. The fun will continue with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12, in A major, K. 414, Beethoven’s lighthearted Symphony No. 8 in F and, finally, Rossini’s Barber of Seville: Overture. The audience will also have an opportunity to become better acquainted with the music, thus enhancing their overall concert experience, during a “behind the scenes” pre-concert talk, which will be offered at 6:30 p.m. by Edward Lada, director of artistic operations for the Savannah Philharmonic.
“Mozart and Rossini are perhaps the music world’s most-appreciated comedians and we anticipate the audience will appreciate their humor in the evening’s program. Selected works by Ibert and Beethoven will contribute to the merriment of the performance. Attendees are sure to leave the performance feeling uplifted,” Savannah Philharmonic Executive Director Terri O’Neil said.
Program notes will appear in on the website the week of the concert and in Volume 2 of Savannah Philharmonic’s concert program. Mischievous Musicians is sponsored by Susan & Ron Whitaker.
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