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Savannah Music Festival

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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 June 5, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Swing Time Part One

Airs Thursday, June 5, 2014. The concept of a jazz party goes back to the origins of the music, since the very function of jazz was often connected to dancing. More recently however, the term jazz party has been used to describe a multi-day gathering of musicians and audiences in which the common bond is the creation of a good time atmosphere where it's all about swinging the bandstand. In this episode, we listen to Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Howard Alden, and Wycliffe Gordon, among others, performing some of the classics that helped define what we know today as "swing."

8:00pm

Thu May 15, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Charles McPherson Live

Airs Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. The musical style know as bebop is a style of jazz characterized on fast tempo, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on the combination of harmonic structure and melody. Developed in the early and mid-1940’s, bebop ultimately became synonymous with modern jazz. The inventors of bebop, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk and a few others understood that the melodic logic of learning how to put together a line when playing was of paramount importance within the form.

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8:00pm

Thu May 8, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers

Airs Thursday, May 8 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. 

8:00pm

Thu May 1, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Mando Madness Part Two

Airs Thursday, May 1 at 8 p.m. What do you get when you put five of the best mandolinists from the United States together on one stage? We weren't sure until the spring of 2005 when we hired David Grisman, Don Stiernberg, Mike Marshall, Tony Williamson, and Sam Bush for an evening of musical fireworks.  In this episode, we listen to more virtuosic mandolin playing in the second installment of Mando Madness. 

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Thu April 24, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Mando Madness Part One

Airs Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m.  The eight-stringed instrument that looks like a small lute and was played throughout Europe for several centuries is now known everywhere as the mandolin. This unique sounding instrument first entered popular American culture in the mid 19th century, when it was primarily used as a novelty instrument. By the year 1900 however, mandolin ensembles were touring the vaudeville circuit and mandolin orchestras were forming in schools and colleges.  The ensuing 40 years saw the proliferation of mandolins across the south and a handful of American virtuosos performed, recorded, composed, and arranged for the mandolin in a variety of musical idioms. In this episode, we listen to David Grisman, Don Stiernberg, Sam Bush, Tony Williamson, and  performing in a one-of-a-kind mandolin summit at the Savannah Music Festival.

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