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 July 2, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Paco de Lucia - Part Two

Airs Thursday, July 2, at 8 p.m. When flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia brought his group for their Savannah debut in 2012, he showed why he is the most renowned flamenco guitarist playing today. With great singers, dancers and virtuoso instrumentalists, the ensemble lit up the stage for nearly two hours, bringing the sold-out crowd to their feet numerous times throughout the evening. Part two of a two-part program. 

8:00pm

Thu June 25, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Paco de Lucía - Part One (encore)

Airs Thursday, June 25, at 8 p.m. Paco de Lucía passed away in February 2014. This broadcast is part one of his only performances at the Savannah Music Festival.
     His real name is Francisco Gustavo Sanchez Gomez and he was born in 1947 in, a city in the province of Cadiz in Spain. He liked to eat soup and drink wine, but was also internationally renowned as a flamenco guitarist, for which he uses the stage name de Lucia. Tune in for part one of a two-part program featuring de Lucia in his Savannah debut at the 2012 Savannah Music Festival.

8:00pm

Thu June 18, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Ebene Quartet

Airs Thursday, June 18, at 8 p.m. A SMF performance of the Ebene's Quartet critically-acclaimed French program. The string quartets written in the late 19th and early 20th century by Debussy and Ravel both dazzled and disturbed people in their first performances. Debussy's fantastic, spiraling variations were shocking, but the exotic beauty of his writing excited many (including the young Ravel). Over time, passionate arguments by music aficionados over the relative merits of the compositions of Debussy and Ravel would eventually lead to the termination of their friendship. In this episode, we listen to two French masterworks by Debussy and Ravel respectively, played by the Ebene Quartet during the Savannah Music Festival.

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8:00pm

Thu May 28, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott

Airs Thursday, May 28, at 8 p.m. In the year 2000, roots music mavens Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott joined forces to create a recording of old-time country covers and originals, which turned quite a few heads. But it took another twelve years for them to record together again, a span when their respective careers grew and blossomed into a myriad of ways. In this episode of SMF Live, we listen to a 2014 Savannah Music Festival performance that Tim and Darrell gave to an enthusiastic crowd on closing day at the Ships of the Sea North Garden.

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Thu May 21, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Aaron Diehl Quartet

Airs Thursday, May 21, at 8 p.m. When pianist and composer John Lewis formed the Modern Jazz Quartet in the early 1950s, he established an almost classical sounding chamber music ensemble by devising an approach that evenly distributed improvisation inside of compositions distinctly arranged for piano, vibraphone, bass and drums. In this episode, we listen to pianist Aaron Diehl playing the music of MJQ at the 2013 Savannah Music Festival, alongside Warren Wolf on vibraphone, David Wong on bass, and Rodney Green on drums.

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