Phil the Park Returns to Forsyth with Picnic and Concert

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Sept. 13, 2022 - PRLog -- The Savannah Philharmonic (SavPhil) (, with support from the City of Savannah (, presenting sponsor Colonial Group, Inc. ( and media sponsor WTOC (, announces the return of the treasured Phil the Park event in historic Forsyth Park ( on Saturday, October 8, 2022.

This year's Phil the Park is themed "Movies in Concert" and is free and open to the public. Returning with great gusto is the long standing community tradition of the Picnic Competition, which is sure to garner creative, cinematically inspired displays. Whether one brings a basket filled with elaborate décor and a social media-worthy charcuterie board, or takes a simpler approach with a picnic blanket and delicious fare from one of the many food trucks onsite, this year's competition will spark the spirited celebration of the SavPhil's official return to Forsyth Park.

All competition participants will need to register onsite starting at 4:00 PM. Everyone gathered on the lawn can enjoy performances by the Savannah Music Festival Jazz Academy ( and the 3 rd Infantry Division Band ( from 4:30-6:30 PM, during which time the WTOC emcees and judges will weave their way through the audience to connect with the many friends and families savoring the sights, flavors and sounds of the event. Winning contestants will be announced during the concert, with special prizes for the top three picnic presentations. Raffle prize opportunities will also be available.

At 7 PM, the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra will take the main stage, led by Music and Artistic Director Keitaro Harada, the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus, led by Chorus Master Paul Thornock, as well as special guest artists, including Clarksdale Delta Blues artist Anthony "Big A" Sherrod, internationally recognized soprano Andrea Ross, and American Traditions Vocal Competition winner Colleen Allard-Smith. Together, the Philharmonic, Chorus, and guest artists will perform a variety of songs from blockbuster movie hits throughout the decades.

The return of Phil the Park also marks the launch of a full season for the Savannah Philharmonic, with a reinvigorated and more accessible approach to programming and subscription packages. The Savannah Philharmonic and Savannah Philharmonic Chorus will perform seven concerts as part of the 2022-23 season—including six at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts ( and one at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist ( In addition, the Savannah Philharmonic will significantly expand its regional impact by performing free community concerts in collaboration with local arts organizations and neighborhoods throughout Savannah.

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