Savannah Music Festival

Thursday's at 8:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by Rob Gibson

The Savannah Music Festival is dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Savannah. It is Georgia's largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. In addition to an array of musical performances that includes dance, film, and narrative programs, the festival operates year-round to produce youth concerts, lectures, in-school touring programs, recordings, a weekly radio series, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, and interactive websites.
     The Savannah Music Festival   stages original, one-time only productions, premieres and double-bills, including commissioned works and unique series. The Savannah Music Festival  has made collaboration a priority and works with organizations including the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, The King-Tisdell Cottage/Beach Institute, The Savannah Garden Exposition, Georgia Historical Society, and a variety of the City's houses of worship, all of which have helped to draw record numbers of tourists and locals alike.

Airs Thursday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. As musicians migrated north following the close of Storyville, New Orleans infamous red-light district, many found their way to the newly revitalized city on the north shore of the Harlem River. This program feature a cross section of their music and stories.

Airs Thursday, January 28, at 8 p.m. Two of the foremost exponents of old-time music today are multi-instrumentalists Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus, who formed bonds with their grandparents to discover their musical roots stretching back to Scots-Irish ancestors that came to the mountains in the middle of the 18th century. These two men display a vibrant creative energy that crosses a wealth of musical boundaries while remaining grounded in the rural traditions of their heritage.

Airs Thursday, January 21, at 8 p.m. The history of flamenco dates back to 1774 when it first began to appear in literature. With roots from Andalusia and the Romani people from Spain, its format usually involves singers, guitarists, dancers and the iconic sound of hand clapping. Most of the artists performing flamenco come from family traditions, including 33-year old cantora Estrella Morente, heiress to one of Spain's greatest musical dynasties. In this episode, we listen to Estrella Morente's Georgia debut at the 2014 Savannah Music Festival.

Airs Thursday, January 14, at 8 p.m. There are few types of music that can lift you to a higher plane, that can get you close to an out-of-body moment, than Qawwali. Qawwali music is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in south Asia, primarily in the Punjab and Sindh regions of Pakistan, as well as parts of north India and Bangladesh. A musical tradition of more than 700 years, Qawwali first gained mainstream popularity and international exposure through the work of Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Airs Thursday, January 7, at 8 p.m. In demand as both a performer and a composer, Edgar Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. One of the most remarkable virtuosos in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument, Meyer’s technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the fore. In this episode, we listen to bassist Edgar Meyer in a variety of performances spanning the past ten years of SMF, including solo, duo, trio and quartet settings across a wide range of musical styles.