SAVANNAH, GA – JULY 22, 2019 –The Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) will return to the “Hostess City” for its seventh annual festival, themed “Heaven and Earth,” on Aug. 3-25, 2019. In addition to this year’s celebration of classical voice – featuring more than 25 performances including operas, concerts, food and wine events and masterclasses by over 100 visiting artists from around the world – audiences will also be presented with five outstanding, non-operatic concerts, including a dinner theater event.
“Opera singers performing rock, Broadway and Frank Sinatra might sound a bit outrageous, but the Savannah VOICE Festival celebrates great music whether it’s opera, musical theater or popular song!” Savannah VOICE Festivalfounder and Executive Director Maria Zouves said. “We enjoy being able to offer audiences a wide variety of musical experiences — and the singers love it!”
SVF’s first-ever Broadway show, Forever Plaid – a lively revue based on the close-harmony “guy groups,” extremely popular during the 1950s – depicts the tale of a quartet of high-school chums whose dream of recording fame ends in a fatal collision on the way to the Beatles American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. The musical revue begins as The Plaids return from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory. The show’s stellar cast includes festival artists Sean Christensen, Peter Lake, Nicholas Yaquinto and Scott Russell and is directed by Ashlie Timberlake, with musical direction by Justin Havard. This special traditionally-styled dinner theater is set for Sunday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 11 at The Landings’ Plantation Club, 1 Cottonwood Lane. Ticket prices are $35 for the 7 p.m. performances and $70 for the 5:30 Dinner Theater Package, which includes a gourmet supper and the show.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, Savannah’s own baritone, Nick Yaquinto, comes to the SVF stage with Uplugged. Demonstrating his versatility as a top-notch singer/songwriter, Yaquinto will perform at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St., crooning hit tunes from the ‘60s and ‘70s as well as original songs based on his Savannah roots. During the evening, colleagues will also be invited to join him on stage in what promises to be a soulful, trip down memory lane. Tickets are $35-45.
In celebration of great musical theatre, Broadway: Heaven on Earth will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at the Charles H. Morris Center. Audiences will be enchanted by the heavenly tunes to earthly themes SVF has assembled to celebrate some of the best of musical theatre, which will be performed by the extraordinary voices of festival artists. Tickets are $35-45.
Old Blue Eyes: Peter Lake in Tribute to Frank Sinatrawill be performed at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 atthe Charles H. Morris Center. “Swoonatra” fans will be delighted as SVF’s vibrant, tenor Peter Lake croons out the “Chairman of the Board’s” most popular “rat pack” favorites!Tickets are $35-45.
The Elite Party Band joins SVF at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Charles H. Morris Center for an outrageous concert of operasingers rockin’ out during the Old Time Rock and Roll: Music of the ‘70s.This lighthearted, “out of the box,” evening features upbeat music everyone knows and loves and is sure to become a rock ‘n roll, sing-along winner! Tickets are $35-45.
For more information about the Savannah VOICE Festival and the Savannah Opera Company, to see a full lineup of all concerts, performances, operas, master classes and other events, or to purchase tickets, visit www.savannahvoicefestival.org, email email@example.com call 855.76.OPERA.
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Savannah VOICE Festival is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre and popular song. Donations are tax-deductible.
VOICExperience Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to pass on the traditions of great singing and develop new audiences for opera. Under the umbrella of The Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs, VOICExperience continues its dedication to the quality, integrity and perpetuation of the vocal arts through life-changing intensives, performances, and community-enriching outreach events in New York, Georgia (with its sister organization, the Savannah VOICE Festival), Florida and Illinois. For more information, please visit www.VOICExperienceFoundation.org.
The Savannah VOICE Festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.