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, July 23, at 8 p.m. During his career, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak wrote 14 string quartets, all between 1862 and 1895. His final two quartets, with their mastery of form, color and expression, are a fitting summation of Dvorak's exceptional achievement in this genre. During March of 2010, the Emerson Quartet performed two all-Dvorak concerts at the Savannah Music Festival which featured several of the great composer's masterworks.

Airs Thursday, July 16, at 8 p.m. In December of 1891, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak accepted the offer of Jeanette Thurber to become the director of the National Academy of Music in New York City. Mrs. Thurber hoped that the conservatory, which she founded in 1885, would foster the development of American concert music. It was Dvorak's opinion that the future music of America must be based on its folk melodies, which would serve as the real foundation of any serious and original school of composition in the United States. On this Savannah Music Festival we feature performance of Dvorak's music by the Emerson String Quartet, including the String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major Opus 51 and the String Quartet No. 12 in F Major Opus 96 ("The American").

Airs Thursday, July 9, at 8 p.m. Though the repertoire of composition for violin and cello is not especially large, there are many colorful and dramatic duos that span the period from the late nineteenth through the first quarter of the 20th century, some of which have become staples of the literature. In this episode, we listen to a 2011 recital by violinist Benny Kim and cellist Keith Robinson featuring works by Gliere, Kodaly, Halverson and Schulhoff. 

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. 

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.