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 1, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Swinging and Wailing

Airs Thursday, August 1 at 8 p.m.  This week on the Savannah Music Festival, jazz virtuosos Marcus Roberts, Wycliffe Gordon, John Fadis, Jason Marsallis, Shawn Jones, and Jeff Clayton take the stage for some of the finest solo performances. They say the best improvised jazz sounds composed and the best composed music sounds improvised. These artists take the concept to the extreme. This concert is from the 2012 festival.

8:00pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Paco de Lucia Part Two

Airs Thursday, July 25 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.

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Thu July 18, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Paco de Lucia Live

Airs Thursday, July 18 at 8 p.m. His real name is Francisco Gustavo Sanchez Gomez and he was born in 1947 in Algeciras, a city in the province of Cadiz in Spain. He likes to eat soup and drink wine, but is also internationally renowned as a flamenco guitarist, for which he uses the stage name Paco de Lucia. Tune in for part one of a two-part program featuring Paco de Lucia in his Savannah debut at the 2012 Savannah Music Festival.

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Thu July 11, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall

Airs Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Throughout a lifetime of performing and composing, Edgar Meyer has turned the double bass into a modern virtuoso instrument that is equally at home in classical music and in the American vernacular. Mandolin master Mike Marshall has been blending genres in acoustic music for more than 30 years, performing and recording with players in bluegrass, classical, jazz and Brazilian music - so it's no surprise that Marshall and Meyer have developed a fully realized concept of the mandolin/bass duo, presenting a repertoire that spans the globe. Tune in for highlights from their 2012 performance in the Charles H. Morris Center at the 2012 Savannah Music Festival.

8:00pm

Thu July 4, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: The Campbell Brothers

Air Thursday, July 4 at 8 p.m. Back in the 1930s, a group of related Pentecostal churches developed an African-American gospel music tradition known as sacred steel. The steel guitar was embraced in worship services in place of the traditional organ. This new instrument was met with great enthusiasm by musicians, many of whom made recordings in the 40s and 50s. Since then, sacred steel has flourished in churches across America, and the tradition continues to be vital and alive today. Tune in for a 2012 Savannah Music Festival performance by one of the foremost exponents of the sacred steel tradition, The Campbell Brothers.

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