Savannah Music Festival

Airs Thursday, July 2, 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. 

Airs Thursday, June 18, at 8 p.m. A SMF performance of the Ebene's Quartet critically-acclaimed French program. The string quartets written in the late 19th and early 20th century by Debussy and Ravel both dazzled and disturbed people in their first performances. Debussy's fantastic, spiraling variations were shocking, but the exotic beauty of his writing excited many (including the young Ravel). Over time, passionate arguments by music aficionados over the relative merits of the compositions of Debussy and Ravel would eventually lead to the termination of their friendship. In this episode, we listen to two French masterworks by Debussy and Ravel respectively, played by the Ebene Quartet during the Savannah Music Festival.

Airs Thursday, May 21, at 8 p.m. When pianist and composer John Lewis formed the Modern Jazz Quartet in the early 1950s, he established an almost classical sounding chamber music ensemble by devising an approach that evenly distributed improvisation inside of compositions distinctly arranged for piano, vibraphone, bass and drums. In this episode, we listen to pianist Aaron Diehl playing the music of MJQ at the 2013 Savannah Music Festival, alongside Warren Wolf on vibraphone, David Wong on bass, and Rodney Green on drums.

Airs Thursday, May 14, at 8 p.m. People who love jazz singing seem to always be hoping to discover the next Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald. Until very recently, the only contemporary jazz singer who came close to matching these three giants is the extraordinary Dianne Reeves, that is, until the emergence of Cecile McLorin Salvant. At age 24, this astoundingly gifted singer has perfect pitch and enunciation, a playful sense of humor, a rich and varied tonal palette, and a supple sense of swing.

Airs Thursday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m. Innovators in acoustic music from America and Sweden come together to explore the commonalities between Swedish polskas and Appalachian fiddle tunes. Recorded live at the Charles H. Morris Center during the Savannah Music Festival. The country of Sweden has a folk music tradition that goes back at least 700 years. Importantly, this tradition still serves as the impetus for songs being created today.