Posted on February 10, 2014 by Sean Dunbrook
March 20th-April 5th: The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) 25th Anniversary!
The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is dedicated to presenting world-class celebrations of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Savannah. Now in its 25th anniversary season, SMF is Georgia’s largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences of all ages through engagement with the musical arts, we advance our vision through an array of musical performances that include dance, film, and narrative programs. The festival operates year-round to produce youth concerts, lectures, in-school touring programs, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, as well as a weekly radio series, recordings, and other online and digital initiatives. SMF stages original, one-time only productions, premieres and double-bills, including many commissioned works. SMF has made collaboration a priority and works with organizations including the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Telfair Museums, Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, Lucas Theatre for the Arts, HSF/Davenport House Museum, Creative Coast, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah Stopover Festival and a variety of the City’s houses of worship including Temple Mickve Israel, Christ Church Episcopal, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Trinity United Methodist Church, all of which have helped to draw record numbers of tourists and locals alike with each consecutive year since 2003.
This year there will be more than two weeks worth of awesome music spread over 10 venues with over 100 different acts. Spanning almost every genre music touches.
SAVANNAH MUSIC FESTIVAL Schedule:
TOMATITO “SOY FLAMENCO” THURSDAY MARCH 20 AT 8 P.M.
The fervent Spanish tradition of flamenco music is championed by multiple GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist Tomatito.
ESTRELLA MORENTE FRIDAY MARCH 21 AT 8 P.M.
One of Spain’s most sought-after and internationally renowned flamenco performers.
ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (with Daniel Hope and Jessica Rivera) SATURDAY MARCH 22 AT 7 P.M.
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G Major
CELEBRATING VIVALDI SUNDAY MARCH 23 AT 3 P.M.
Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins in A minor, RV 522 Westhoff Imitazione delle Campane Richter Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER / SIERRA HULL THURSDAY MARCH 27 AT 7:30 P.M.
There are few tenors in the history of bluegrass music whose abilities and oeuvre can be compared to those of Ricky Skaggs.
KIND OF BLUE: MILES, TRANE & CANNONBALL/ SWING CENTRAL JAZZ FINALE FRIDAY MARCH 28 AT 7 P.M.
Following performances by the top three finalist bands from our Swing Central Jazz competition, SMF’s annual jazz concert will be a special evening devoted to the classic collaborations of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley.
TAJ MAHAL TRIO/JOHN SIMON SATURDAY MARCH 29 AT 8 P.M.
Throughout Taj Mahal’s career, his heritage and Harlem upbringing have influenced his unique take on the blues.
BÉLA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN SUNDAY MARCH 30 AT 3 P.M.
employing the relatively rare three-finger and clawhammer banjo duet to create boundless and beautiful music.
AN EVENING WITH ROBERT CRAY THURSDAY APRIL 3 AT 8 P.M.
Georgia-born blues icon Robert Cray is one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.
DESTINATION AMERICA (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center) FRIDAY APRIL 4 AT 6 P.M.
Program Bartók Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, SZ 111, BB 116 Ives Largo for Clarinet, Violin and Piano Prokofiev Sonata in D Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 94a Korngold Quintet in E Major for Piano, Two Violins, Viola and Cello, Op. 15
AMS FINALE: STRINGBAND SPECTACULAR SATURDAY APRIL 5 AT 7 P.M.
After a week of collaborations and instruction by some of the world’s finest acoustic musicians, the 16 participants of the 2014 Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS) present their latest compositions in an original program.
ALSO: Savannah Music Festival LIVE is a weekly radio show produced for the GPB Radio Network. Now offered through PRX, the show has been licensed to public radio stations in California, New York, Massachusetts, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, Montana, Utah, Louisiana, North Carolina, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Listeners can tune in on Sundays at 9 p.m. and Mondays at 11 p.m. throughout Georgia (on GPB Radio), and on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on WUGA in Athens. Stream shows from our current season below.
See more at: http://www.savannahmusicfestival.org