Airs Thursday, July 3 at 8 p.m. In music, the term "Americana" generally refers to a subset of American music that is perhaps best defined as "classic" American music, ranging in style from roots-based bluegrass to alternative country, gospel, blues, zydeco, jazz and other native forms. In this episode, we listen to an array of musical Americana selections recorded at the Savannah Music Festival between 2004 and 2008. Performers include Sam Bush, Mike Marshall, Don Stiernberg, the David Grisman Quintet, Jerry Douglas, Bob Seeley, the Bucky Pizzarelli Trio, Daniel Hope, Tony Williamson and Sebastian Knauer.
Airs Thursday, January 17 and 8:00 p.m. Edgar Meyer is a bassist for modern times. Whether he's writing a bass concerto, performing with Yo-Yo Ma, teaching at the Royal Academy of Music, or playing bluegrass with his pals in Nashville, his virtuosity and original compositions have put him in a class by himself. In 2006, the Savannah Music Festival invited Meyer to perform a program of his original compositions with multi-instrumentalists Sam Bush and Mike Marshall, along with violinist and SMF Associate Artistic Director Daniel Hope. While his work can be complex to rehearse and play, it is always engaging and optimistic to hear.
Airs Monday, October 1 at 11:00 a.m. This week on Summer Stages we're heading to Russia by way of Savannah. Violinist Daniel Hope and Benny Kim take us on a Journey with Tchaikovsky Sextet in D minor "Souvenir of Florence." Philip Dukes and Carla Maria Rodrigues will join then on viola and Josephine Knight and Keith Robinson on cellist. Then violinist Daniel Hope, violist Philip Dukes and cellists Josephine Knight and Keith Robinson will present Arensky’s String Quartet No. 2 Op.35. To close the program pianist Menahem Pressler joins violinist Daniel Hope and cellist Josephine Knight for the Piano Trio No.4, Op.90 by Dvorak.
Airs Thursday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m. Mark O'Connor came to the Savannah Music Festival and spent ten days pursuing his American music journey. He taught master classes, played solos and duos, and performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He played original compositions with the US Army String Band, his own Hot Swing Trio, and a string quartet, in which he and Daniel Hope were the fiddlers. Tune in to hear a variety of O'Connor's performances, all captured at the 2010 Savannah Music Festival.