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Orchestral Music Abounds in Savannah: Atlanta Symphony & Savannah Philharmonic

Fanya Lin.

Classical music lovers have a few chances to enjoy live orchestra performances this month. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs tomorrow night, April 8, at the Lucas Theatre on the final day of the 2017 Savannah Music Festival, and the Savannah Philharmonic performs its season finale concert on Saturday, April 29, at the Johnny Mercer Theatre.

“I’ve got this huge piano concerto of course which is Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which is being played by a soloist that I really was adamant that I wanted to have back,” said Peter Shannon, conductor of Savannah Philharmonic. “She’s played the Paganini Veriations with us before and I’m a big fan of her playing. Her name is Fanya Lin. Soloists might have a beautiful tone. Other soloists might move particularly well. She seems to have it all, in droves. I think the orchestra is going to really enjoy her. I know I’m going to enjoy her and that’s going to translate into a fantastic concert for the audience members.”

The second half of the program features a lighter piece that Shannon has conducted numerous times with symphonies around the world: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8.

"It’s called the English Symphony – I’m not sure why,” Shannon said. “It’s one of these joyful pieces. It’s extremely beautiful. It doesn’t have any of the angst or the pressure of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto.”

Hear more of our conversation with conductor Peter Shannon in the audio link below. Learn more about the Savannah Philharmonic’s season finale concert at