SAVANNAH, GA – August 6, 2019 – The Savannah VOICE Festival has returned to Savannah with their impressive seventh and largest ever season, themed “Heaven and Earth.” As part of the Festival’s commitment to presenting international music, Festival artists will once again take Savannah’s vocal arts lovers “around the world” this year, with an exciting line up of new concerts. On Saturday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, located at 28 Bull Street in Savannah, Festival artists will present “Song Night: A Liederabend”.
A “Liederabend” originates from a German tradition of song developed in the 19thCentury, when people gathered socially for an intimate “song night”, the literal translation into English of Liederabend. These evenings were usually performed by a solo vocalist accompanied by a pianist, and they helped to define the art of song in a way that spanned across the classical world. From Schubert and Goethe to Britten and Shakespeare, this year’s audiences will be treated to beautiful songs from around the world, whereby language provides the exquisite framework of the music. Tickets are $35.00. Thisspecial concert, sponsored by the Teutonic Council of Savannah,will feature Savannah VOICE Festival artists, who are also slated to perform in the Festival’s August 21stproduction ofRuggero Leoncavallo’s“I Pagliacci,” his masterpiece that ponders an earthly look at humanity, jealousy and revenge. Tickets are $43 -53. This not to be missed presentation from the Savannah Opera Company of the famous 90-minute Italian opera is a co-production with Opera Orlando. Performed in Italian with English Supertitles on August 21, 23 at 7:00 p.m. and August 25 at 2:00 p.m. at The Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts at 649 West Jones Center, the opera is paired with “The Birthday Clown,” by The Savannah VOICE Festival’s composer-in-residence, Michael Ching.
“There will truly be an international feel to our Festival and to the magnificent Liederabendconcert when, for example, audience favorites such as soloist Nan Qin, along with five other young singers from China, will be showcased, featuring songs from the Chinese operatic tradition,” adds Savannah VOICE Festival Co-founder and Executive Director, Maria Zouves.
Turning to the French Tradition, “Dialogues of the Carmelites” tells a fictionalized version of the story of the Martyrs of Compiègne, Carmelite nuns who, in 1794 were guillotined in Paris for refusing to renounce their vocation during the French Revolution. The 20thcentury composer and librettist Francis Poulenc, intended for this work to be sung in the language of the nation in which it is performed so SVF artists will perform the work in English with supertitles. This will take place on Saturday, August 17th at 6:00p.m. at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 E Henry Street. Tickets are $35-45. This concert is sponsored by Phyllis & Dan Huffer and Jan & Sam Durham.
SVF will continue exploring different cultures with a celebration of The Soprano Voice: Shana Grossman and Friends” concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20th, at the Charles H. Morris Center, located at 10 E. Broad Street in Savannah. Grossman returns to the Festival by popular demand, along with Evelyn Saavedra & Ana Collado, and has invited her fellow SVF sopranos to join her on stage to perform the gorgeous music that celebrates both the operatic repertoire and her Jewish Heritage. Tickets are $45-53. This concert is sponsored by Suzan Kiepper and Ron Krannich.
“As the Festival takes Savannah audiences ‘around the world’, SVF singers will be consistently demonstrating their remarkable versatility as they treat audiences to a wide range of songs, sung in a variety of languages, celebrating an extraordinary array of cultures,” enthuses Zouves.
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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.
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