Savannah Music Festival

Airs Thursday, July 9, at 8 p.m. Though the repertoire of composition for violin and cello is not especially large, there are many colorful and dramatic duos that span the period from the late nineteenth through the first quarter of the 20th century, some of which have become staples of the literature. In this episode, we listen to a 2011 recital by violinist Benny Kim and cellist Keith Robinson featuring works by Gliere, Kodaly, Halverson and Schulhoff. 

Airs Thursday, June 25, at 8 p.m. Paco de Lucía passed away in February 2014. This broadcast is part one of his only performances at the Savannah Music Festival.
     His real name is Francisco Gustavo Sanchez Gomez and he was born in 1947 in, a city in the province of Cadiz in Spain. He liked to eat soup and drink wine, but was also internationally renowned as a flamenco guitarist, for which he uses the stage name de Lucia. Tune in for part one of a two-part program featuring de Lucia in his Savannah debut at the 2012 Savannah Music Festival.

Airs Thursday, May 28, at 8 p.m. In the year 2000, roots music mavens Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott joined forces to create a recording of old-time country covers and originals, which turned quite a few heads. But it took another twelve years for them to record together again, a span when their respective careers grew and blossomed into a myriad of ways. In this episode of SMF Live, we listen to a 2014 Savannah Music Festival performance that Tim and Darrell gave to an enthusiastic crowd on closing day at the Ships of the Sea North Garden.

Airs Thursday, May 7, at 8 p.m. Every spring, sixteen talented young string players, all under the age of 22, travel to Savannah for a groundbreaking mentorship program called the Acoustic Music Seminar. Led by acclaimed mandolinist Mike Marshall, the participants receive six days of hands-on instruction in playing, songwriting and ensemble work. Past instructors have included Julian Lage, Casey Driessen, Avi Avital, Bela Fleck, Chris Thile, Abigail Washburn, Zakir Hussain, Bruce Molsky, Mike Block, David Finckel, David Grisman, Tony Trischka and many others.

Airs Thursday, April 30, at 8 p.m. While Beethoven is generally acknowledged as the first great composer of cello sonatas, there have been numerous outstanding works written for the cello as a solo instrument over the last three centuries. Composers such as Boccherini, Grieg, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Shostakovich and Britten all wrote compositions that every cellist must come to terms with at some point in their career. In this episode we listen to a cello recital featuring Eric Kim, a veteran of the SMF chamber music series, former principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and current professor of cello at the Indiana University School of Music.

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