The Savannah Philharmonic, along with the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs, will present the annual Picnic in the Park, a night of fantastic music and free family fun in historic Forsyth Park. The event, slated for 3:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, will commemorate Hollywood’s contributions to popular music with noted film scores performed by the Savannah Philharmonic. The community-wide event will also celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month by featuring spectacular pre-concert performances which will include students from Savannah Chatham Public Schools, featuring students from the Savannah Classical Academy’s Strings Conservatory, Savannah High School Band, and Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts.
The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division Color Guard will take part in this exciting event and the 3rd ID will also provide their salute cannons as part of the program. The Savannah Philharmonic will take the stage at 7 p.m., performing beloved favorites from Hollywood classics, such as music from “James Bond” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” combined with melodic classical staples along the way for the city’s single largest outdoor musical event.
This year’s Hollywood theme, “Lights Camera MUSIC,” was chosen through a Facebook contest in which followers were encouraged to submit their ideas based on the trigger word, “Hollywood.”
In the spirit of the event, attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, as well as participate in the Hollywood-themed picnic venue contest, which always results in many impressive and elaborate gourmet smorgasbords, accented by inspiring décor that cleverly reflects the theme. There will be a first-, second- and third-place picnic table contest winner. Anyone interested in entering the “best picnic contest,” made possible by Parker’s, can register at the event.
Sponsors for the 2017 Picnic in the Park include: The City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, Parker’s, Georgia Power, Gulfstream, WTOC, The Savannah Orchestral Music Advised Fund, First Citizens Bank, Thomas & Hutton, HunterMaclean, Turn It Pink, Inc., Southern Eagle Distributing, Coca-Cola United, Savannah Morning News, Lesley Francis Public Relations, Connect, Savannah Magazine, GPB 91.1, Old Town Trolley Tours. And, our small business Picnic Patriot sponsors; Southern Motors, Collective Marketing, and Hansen Architects.
Major funding for the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra is provided by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs.