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 August 14, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Milos Karadaglic

Milos Karadaglic

Airs Thursday, August 14 at 8 p.m. Coming from a homeland with no real classical guitar tradition and a population of only 600,000, the challenges faced by Milos Karadaglic in climbing the international guitar-playing ladder were daunting. War was happening all around his homeland in Montenegro, but because he came from a musical family and his parents loved music, they encouraged his talent.

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8:00pm

Thu August 7, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Bela Fleck & the Flecktones Part Two

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones

Airs Thursday, August 7 at 8 p.m.  Nearly a quarter of a century ago, banjo master Bela Fleck formed a band that drew on bluegrass, jazz, blues and rock, combining the talents of four unique musicians that play acoustic and electric instruments. They call themselves the Flecktones, and the dexterity they use to make their instruments roar, and the obvious joy that they share in doing so, explains the group's longevity and their loyal fan base. Tune in for part one of a 2012 SMF performance by the original lineup of the Flecktones, including pianist and harmonica player Howard Levy.

8:00pm

Thu July 31, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Bela Fleck & the Flecktones Part One

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones

Airs Thursday, July 31 at 8 p.m.  Nearly a quarter of a century ago, banjo master Bela Fleck formed a band that drew on bluegrass, jazz, blues and rock, combining the talents of four unique musicians that play acoustic and electric instruments. They call themselves the Flecktones, and the dexterity they use to make their instruments roar, and the obvious joy that they share in doing so, explains the group's longevity and their loyal fan base. Tune in for part one of a SMF performance by the original lineup of the Flecktones, including pianist and harmonica player Howard Levy. 

8:00pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Sarah Jarosz Live 2013

Cellist Nathanial Smith (L) - Sarah Jarosz (C) - Fiddler Alex Hargreaves (R)

Airs Thursday, July 24 at 8 p.m. Singer Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz returned to the stage at the Savannah Music Festival in 2013 with her trio, performing a wonderful set of standards and originals. Since signing her first recording contract at the age of 16, Sarah Jarosz has barely stopped to catch her breath. She has made several recordings and tour throughout North America and Europe. She left her native Texas to pursue a degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and along the way she developed a very unique musical conception with a trio, all while becoming one of American music's finest young talents with songwriting chops to match her instrumental prowess. Only two month away from her college graduation at the age of 21, Sarah Jarosz returned to the Festival in the spring of 2013 with fiddler Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nathanial Smith. It was her second appearance at the festival and the growth of her trio was nothing short of extraordinary. We'll listen to this concert and a couple of tunes from her first appearance in 2010.

8:00pm

Thu July 17, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Mariza Live

Airs Thursday, July 17 at 8 p.m. Afro-Portuguese fado sensation Mariza put on what many are calling the "concert of the year" at the Savannah Music Festival. Tune in for a program featuring her Georgia debut. Fado, which translated means "destiny" or "fate," is a musical genre that can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word "saudade," which has no match in English but could be understood as nostalgia felt while missing someone. The origins of fado are a mixture of African slave rhythms, the traditions of Portuguese sailors, and the influence of Arabic music. Join us for a captivating performance given by Mariza, the genre's biggest star, at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts during the Savannah Music Festival.

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