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 November 20, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Late Night Jazz Jam

Airs Thursday, November 20 at 8 p.m.  In its most simple definition, a jam session is a musical event where musicians play by improvising without extensive preparation. Jazz jam sessions are an old tradition that allow players to test their skills in front of an audience, usually playing well known standards yet ones that require a common vocabulary. In this episode, we listen to a 2013 late night jazz jam led by pianist Aaron Diehl and featuring such guests as Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Walter Blanding Jr., David Wong and many others.

8:00pm

Thu November 13, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Wynton Marsalis with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Airs Thursday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m.  Selections from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis' performance as part of our SMF Live concert series As the concept of a jazz orchestra approaches nearly 90 years of existence, the big bands still around and touring with their own style and identity are few and far between. One group that has persisted in sustaining an international presence, while extending and refining the tradition, continues to be lead by a man that has never backed down in his quest to clarify our American mythology through the lens of jazz. Tune in for a March 1, 2012 performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis from our SMF Live concert series.

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Thu November 6, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival Live: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Airs Thursday, November 6 at 8 p.m. The musical heritage of French West Africa includes a wealth of traditional and popular music styles from a variety of countries including Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin and Mali. The arid, landlocked nation of Mali is a cultural colossus. Its contemporary music serves as a rich and varied reminder of American music's West African roots.

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Thu October 30, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Roby Lakatos Ensemble Live

Roby Lakatos

Airs Thursday, October 30, at 8 p.m. Hungarian fiddle playing is known the world over for its passion, romance and virtuosity. To most non-Hungarians, the music is synonymous with the campfire, the open road and the Gypsies. But is Hungarian fiddle music actually Gypsy music? Within the country you will find considerable resentment towards this stereotype, and while there is much appreciation of the skill of Gypsy fiddlers, it is considered to be Hungarian music, not Gypsy music. On this program we listen to violinist Roby Lakatos, who is not only a scorching virtuoso, but a musician of extraordinary versatility. This recording was captured during the opening weekend of the Savannah Music Festival at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.

8:00pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: The Given Note

Airs Thursday, October 23 at 8 p.m. In 2014, SMF hosted the US premiere of a piece that we co-commissioned by composer David Bruce. Entitled "The Given Note" (after a poem by Irish poet Seamus Haney), this Savannah performance of the piece featured Daniel Hope on violin, Julian Lage on guitar, Rodney Jordan on bass, Mike Block on cello and Jose Franch Ballaster on clarinet. Tune in to hear The Given Note and two pieces performed by Julian Lage and Rodney Jordan during the opening set of the concert. 

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