“Oklahoma!”, “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I,” — these are a few of the Savannah Philharmonic’s favorite things.
People of all ages gathered at the Johnny Mercer Theater on Saturday evening to enjoy the uplifting sounds of the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus & Orchestra. The Savannah Philharmonic performed a selection of pieces by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
Ben Witcher, a second tenor singer in the chorus, explained what it is like being in the group. “It’s the best seat in the house… and I get to do something that I enjoy, which is life-giving in many ways.”
While some attendees grew up listening to the unforgettable tunes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, children and young adults also filled the seats. This wide generational range within the audience resulted in the Savannah Philharmonic’s first sold out show in over ten years.
Mark Berry, a bass singer for the Philharmonic, shared his personal experience with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s music. “‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ actually made me a little teary when I was listening to it. I grew up on Rodgers and Hammerstein, coming from a musical family, so this brought back a lot of memories for me.”
Like Berry, others in the crowd experienced a harmonious feeling of nostalgia. Familiar songs such as “My Favorite Things” and “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” had people humming along and dancing in their seats.
Led by artistic director and coordinator Peter Shannon, the performance took place at the Johnny Mercer Theater within the Savannah Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7:30pm.
The Savannah Philharmonic doesn’t have any more musical theater themed shows coming up, the group does have events on deck for February, March, and April. Tickets are available on their website.