Savannah Music Festival

Thursday's at 8:00 p.m.
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.

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8:00pm

Thu February 5, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Walter Blanding Tick Tock

Airs Thursday, February 5 at 8 p.m. Many of the most notable achievements in jazz have come through its great composers. Giants such as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and many others always kept the music moving forward through the creation and performance of new compositions. In this episode, we listen to the premiere of new work commissioned by SMF by saxophonist Walter Blanding, Jr. entitled "Tick Tock". The ensemble features Blanding, Marcus Printup on trumpet, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Carlos Henriquez on bass and Herlin Riley on drums.

8:00pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Nikolai Lugansky Live

Nikolai Lugansky

Airs Thursday, January 29 at 8 p.m. A recital given by Nikolai Lugansky at the Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences. Players who win piano competitions don't always become great pianists but, now in his late 30s, Nikolai Lugansky has all the makings of a modern virtuoso. Born in Moscow in 1972 to a couple of research scientists, Mr. Lugansky was just five years old when his innate musicality first appeared. He went to a neighbor's home, sat down at the piano, and played a Beethoven sonata from memory, having learned the music by ear. In this episode, we hear Nikolai Lugansky's interpretations of the Fantasie in F minor by Chopin, followed by Chopin's "Heroic" Polonaise in A-flat Major and Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 1 in D minor, performed at the Savannah Music Festival.

8:00pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Pokey Lafarge

Airs Thursday, January 22 at 8 p.m. Ardently exploring the origins of American music in jazz, blues, country and western swing, singer and guitarist Pokey Lafarge seems like a throwback, yet the music he plays never sounds old-fashioned. In this episode, we listen to Pokey Lafarge's final performance of four given at the 2014 Savannah Music Festival. 

8:00pm

Thu January 15, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Christian McBride Trio

Airs Thursday, January 15 at 8 p.m.  When your personal goal as a musician is to pull the audience in so that they feel like they're a part of the ride, then you're making what Christian McBride calls "people music." That's the mantra that McBride has lived by throughout his career, which combined with his abundant virtuosity, has made him the most in-demand bassist of his generation. In this episode, we listen to a lunchtime performance given by Christian McBride's Trio at the 2014 Savannah Music Festival, including Ulysses Owens, Jr. on drums and Christian Sands on piano.

8:00pm

Thu January 8, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Late Night Jam 2014

Airs Thursday, January 8 at 8 p.m.  Legend has it that when Coleman Hawkins squared off against Lester Young in a late night jam in the late 1930s at a Kansas City nightclub, a new saxophone king was crowned who would forever be known as "Prez." Each year, SMF presents a late night jam to wrap up a week of Swing Central Jazz, typically with a "house band" that holds the bandstand, inviting a variety of soloists to participate throughout the evening. The 2014 late night jazz jam featured the Christian McBride Trio with special guests including Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Marcus Roberts, Cyrus Chestnut, Etienne Charles and many more.

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