Savannah Music Festival

Airs Thursday, April 23, at 8 p.m. For lovers of the mandolin, an instrument that first came about nearly 400 years ago, it's hard not to appreciate the many virtuosos that have emerged in the past half century and blended extensive musical styles. Two of the most unique and extraordinary mandolinists in our time are Mike Marshall and Chris Thile, who have been working on and off over the past ten years to create a duo program like no other. In this episode, we listen to a 2014 performance by this duo at the Savannah Music Festival.

Airs Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m. One of the annual highlights of the Savannah Music Festival is a concert we produce called "Piano Showdown". It brings together four jazz pianists and allows them to display their original interpretation of songs in both solo and duo settings, with the only requirement being that every pianist has to play at least two songs together. This episode features part two of Piano Showdown 2014, with pianists Aaron Diehl, Christian Sands, Cyrus Chestnut and Marcus Roberts.

Airs Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m. Nearly every year since 2004, the Savannah Music Festival has lined up four different jazz pianists in a concert that showcases not only their individual talent, but also their ability to perform duets with each of the other pianists on the bill. This episode features highlights from Piano Showdown 2014 with Christian Sands, Aaron Diehl, Marcus Roberts, and Cyrus Chestnut. Part one of two.

Airs Thursday, March 26, at 8 p.m. Though they've played as a duo since they first met, trying impromptu duets at picking parties, doing a few tunes at benefits and playing occasional radio shows together, that was long before they got married and took the show on the road. With the birth of their little boy in the summer of summer of 2013, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn decided that the best way to stay together more would be to play together more. In this episode, we listen to a performance given by banjoists Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, recorded live at the Savannah Music Festival in the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.

Airs Thursday, March 19, at 8 p.m. In the world of chamber music, there are many masterworks of the idiom - pieces that are continually performed year in and year out at festivals and chamber music series around the world. The piano quintet by Schumann and the D minor trio by Mendelssohn are two such compositions. In this program, we listen to these pieces performed under the musical direction of Associate Artistic Director Daniel Hope. The trio performance includes Simon Crawford-Phillips on piano, cellist Eric Kim and violinist Hope. For the Schumann Quintet, these three are joined by Benny Kim on violin and Carla Maria Rodrigues on viola.

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