Annual Picnic in a Park to underline unison with Savannah Philharmonic, Equinox Orchestra

September 27, 2016 - Picnic Time

No one is some-more vehement to attend a 2016 Picnic in a Park than Lt. Col. Michael T. Squires, castle commander of Hunter Army Airfield.

“This will be my and my family’s initial Picnic in a Park,” Squires says. “I have listened some good things about this eventuality and how intensely gifted a musicians of a Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra are.”

With his wife, Sarah, and children, Adeline, 9, and Declan, 7, Squires will be on palm to declare this year’s troops participation during Picnic in a Park.

“Because this year’s eventuality has a nationalistic theme, a Army during Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield is respected to be enclosed in this village celebration,” Squires says. “The Third Infantry Division’s Color Guard and Salute Battery is going to supplement some troops splendour to a event.

“It’s always an respect to support village events,” he says. “Community engagements like this are critical to us since it gives us an eventuality to give behind to a communities as a tiny token of a appreciation for a measureless support they yield members of a armed army and a families.”

Picnic in a Park is presented annually by a Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and a city’s Department of Cultural Affairs as a jubilee of National Arts and Humanities Month.

This year’s thesis is “Under a Stars and Stripes,” selected by a Facebook contest. Winner Wallace Blackstock will accept 6 tickets to a family matinee of a Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops unison in December.

The cruise has turn one of Savannah’s many renouned events.

“This is a illusory eventuality for people of all walks of life to come together and suffer some pleasing song underneath a stars,” says Peter Shannon, Savannah Philharmonic artistic executive and conductor. “As usual, we will showcase some exemplary highlights from a arriving Philharmonic season, as good as some lighter music.

“I’m quite looking brazen to a fun set in a second half with a friend Jeremy Davis from a Fabulous Equinox Orchestra,” Shannon says. “It’s going to be a good night.”

The eventuality was determined some-more than 30 years ago and is approaching to pull a throng of some-more than 15,000 spectators.

“I consider it’s one of a tip attended outward events in Savannah,” Shannon says. “It competence be a largest outward of St. Patrick’s Day.

“It’s positively one of a biggest events in Savannah. It’s large for us, too, a usually outward concert. Otherwise, we’re during a county core or Lucas Theatre. We have a lot of fun in a park.”

The musicians suffer a unison as most as attendees do.

“We discipline for a day or dual before,” Shannon says. “We’re informed with a music.

“It’s formidable to make it sound as good outward as it would sound in a unison hall,” he says. “Mixing a sound is a large partial of that concert.”

The unison is giveaway to attend. Before a concert, performances will be given by students from Savannah open schools and other internal schools, commencement during 4 p.m.

“The Department of Cultural Affairs is a biggest underwriter and Greg Parker has been unequivocally understanding of this,” Shannon says. “Most orchestras have one unison they put on for their city.

“It’s informative outreach, as well. People get to hear a band for free.

“It’s a smashing eventuality for everybody to come out,” Shannon says. “It has a amicable component of assembly family and friends and removing to listen to a beautiful concert.”

Each year, a village is invited to move a cruise to a concert. The tip 3 winners of a cruise list competition will be awarded $500, $250 and $100 Parker’s cards.

Contestants can register during Picnic in a Park. Judging will take place during a initial half of a concert.

“Parker’s is gay to be a presenting unite of Picnic in a Park for a fifth uninterrupted year,” says Greg Parker, boss and CEO of Parker’s. “We feel a surpassing shortcoming to give behind to a business by bringing song and informative humanities to all members of a community.”

At 7 p.m., a Savannah Philharmonic will take a stage. The 3rd ID Salute Battery will yield cannons for Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”

“The thesis is ‘Under a Stars and Stripes’ and we have some nationalistic song to go with that,” Shannon says. “It’s a common fare, really.

“The initial half is exemplary pieces we’re personification in a Philharmonic season. The initial half is a exemplary pops thing.

“For a initial time, we’re collaborating with Jeremy Davis and a Equinox Orchestra,” Shannon says. “They’ll do a integrate of songs. Their thespian is Clay Johnson and together, they make a good team.”

Selections will embody exemplary song by Mozart, Rossini, Brahms and others. Patriotic and cocktail song by John Phillip Sousa, John Williams, Elvis Presley and Bobby Darin also will be presented.

“We’re respected to be a partial of this extraordinary annual event, and we’re so elegant of a financial and formulation support we’ve so easily perceived from a city of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs and a pretension sponsor, Parker’s,” says Terri O’Neil. Savannah Philharmonic Director of Development. “Picnic in a Park is always a night to remember, and we’re assured this one will be another interesting and noted event.”



What: Picnic in a Park

When: 4-9:30 p.m. Oct. 2

Where: Forsyth Park

Cost: Free

Info: 912-232-6002,,

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