Savannah Music Festival

Airs Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m. Bassist Edgar Meyer and banjoist Bela Fleck had collaborated for nearly thirty years, but in 2008 when they formed a trio with tabla master Zakir Hussain, they created a small group in which each member offered up original compositions based upon their virtuosity and shared musical ideas. Tune in for part one of a Savannah Music Festival concert featuring Fleck, Meyer and Hussain live at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. 

Airs Thursday, July 23, at 8 p.m. During his career, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak wrote 14 string quartets, all between 1862 and 1895. His final two quartets, with their mastery of form, color and expression, are a fitting summation of Dvorak's exceptional achievement in this genre. During March of 2010, the Emerson Quartet performed two all-Dvorak concerts at the Savannah Music Festival which featured several of the great composer's masterworks.

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.