The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform a new symphony by Christopher Theofanidis, at the Savannah Music Festival, on April 5 at the Johnny Mercer Theatre in Savannah, Georgia. The work is a joint commission of the Savannah Music Festival and the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, where it will be performed by the Texas Music Festival Orchestra on July 3 at the Moores Opera House in Houston. The Savannah festival, which runs from March 18 through April 5, also includes a second world premiere, Chanson d’Orage, a work for two violins by Alexandra Du Bois, with soloists Daniel Hope and Lorenza Borrani. Other artists scheduled to perform in Savannah include the Academy of Ancient Music, in Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos; recitalists Garrick Ohlsson, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Manuel Barrueco, and Ian Bostridge; dancer Savion Glover; the Béla Fleck Africa Project featuring Toumani Diabate, Vusi Mahlasela, D’Gary, and Anania Ngoriga; and pianist Sebastian Knauer in a 200th-birthday tribute to Mendelssohn. The festival also will include a 100th-anniversary salute to songwriter/lyricist Johnny Mercer, a Savannah native. 

Posted March 17, 2009