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, September 24, at 8 p.m. When you talk about the history of bluegrass music, the names "Earl" and "Lester" are always prevalent, since they led one of the greatest groups, the Foggy Mountain Boys. The band was founded in 1948 by guitarist Lester Flatt, who had been a member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. Flatt brought banjo player Earl Scruggs with him shortly after leaving Monroe to create a lineup that music historians generally view as one of greatest bluegrass bands of all time.

Airs Thursday, September 17, 8 p.m. While most jazz piano trios have the piano front and center, there is one trio in which all members share equally in shaping the direction of the music. The Marcus Roberts Trio, made up of Roberts on piano, Rodney Jordan on bass and Jason Marsalis on drums, does so with lighting quick musical reflexes and creative imaginations, and with an almost telepathic communication on the stage. In this episode, we listen to a 2015 concert given by the Marcus Roberts Trio at the Charles H. Morris Center. 

Airs Thursday, September 10, at 8 p.m. Associate Director of SMF's Acoustic Music Seminar, Mike Marshall is one of the world's most accomplished mandolinists. Marshall began his love affair with the music of Brazil after a visit there, before embarking on an in-depth study of the roots of the Brazilian choro. This obsession has led to recordings and concerts with some of Brazil's finest musicians, including Hamilton de Holanda, Danilo Brito, Jovino Santos Neto and Jovino Santos Neto. His group Choro Famoso has helped spearhead a wave in the U.S.

Airs Thursday, September 3, at 8:00 p.m.Innovators in acoustic music from America and Sweden come together to explore the commonalities between Swedish polskas and Appalachian fiddle tunes. Recorded live at the Charles H. Morris Center during the Savannah Music Festival.

Airs Thursday, August 27, at 8 p.m. For many people, college is a place to study subjects that will prepare you for the next step in life, as well as a time to create new friendships. Such was the case for Woody Platt, Mike Guggino, Graham Sharp, and Charles Humphrey, who began playing music together in 1999 while studying at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Fourteen years later and with the addition of one more musician, the five members of the Steep Canyon Rangers have become known as one of the finest bluegrass ensembles in our time. 

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