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 12, 2012
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Savannah Music Festival: The Gerald Clayton Trio

Airs Thursday, July 12 at 8:00 p.m.  Tune in to this episode to hear one of the most exciting young pianist in jazz, Gerald Clayton, performing with Hareesh Ragovan on bass and Justin Brown on drums at the 2010 Savannah Music Festival. The most common piano trio format in jazz has usually included a pianist, a bassist and a drummer. Communication between these three players is built around the talents they have amassed through extensive training, so that their reflexes are to the point where the music takes over on the bandstand.

8:00pm

Thu July 5, 2012
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Savannah Music Festival: The Assad Brothers

Airs Thursday, July 5 at 8:00 p.m.  Ever since their childhood concerts in Brazil and their New York appearances as teenagers in 1969, Sergio and Odair Assad have been touring the world and recording as The Assad Brothers. They have followed a fascinating path of musical development utilizing the traditional repertoire of the guitar duo, and their virtuosity has inspired a range of composers to write for them. In this episode, we listen to the complete March 19 concert at the 2010 Savannah Music Festival, recorded at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.

8:00pm

Thu June 28, 2012
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Savannah Music Festival: French bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons

Airs Thursday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. He's an artist influenced by classical, jazz and the diverse musical traditions of the Mediterranean rim. When double bass player and composer Renaud Garcia-Fons arrived backstage in the van with his custom five-stringed bass, we expected to see yet another huge bass case. Instead, he unloaded a much smaller box from which emerged a wooden body, out of which came the neck, followed by some strings that were quickly attached. And that was merely the prelude for one of the most unique performances by a bassist that Savannah audiences have ever seen.

8:00pm

Thu June 21, 2012
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Savannah Music Festival: Shannon Whitworth Live

Airs Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. Growing up in the South Carolina low country, Shannon Whitworth was always surrounded by water, before she decided to make her home in the North Carolina mountains. It's the reason that the themes of water and mountains surface regularly in her songs, alongside the women about whom she writes. There are women who run, who hope, who love the wrong man, and when true love is present, women who return.

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8:00pm

Thu June 14, 2012
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Savannah Music Festival: Brazilian Duets

Hamilton de Holanda

Airs Thursday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m. The music of Brazil encompasses a wealth of styles influenced by African, European, and Amerindian forms.  After 500 years of history, Brazilian music has developed many unique and original styles such as choro, samba, and bossa nova, all of which have melded with other musical genres from around the world. In this episode, we listen to music performed by Toots Thielemans, Oscar Castro-Neves, Hamilton de Holanda, and Gabriel Grossi, among others.

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