Savannah Music Festival

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.

Airs Thursday, February 26, at 8 p.m. Finish the gig around midnight, meet and greet folks after the show, give a quick lesson to some young fans, then hop on the bus and drive to the next city, in search of a few hours of shuteye on the road. Check into the hotel at 4 a.m., grab a bit more sleep before heading to a sound check for the early afternoon set, the first of two long performances that Saturday. Such is a day in the life of Chris Thile, master mandolinist and co-founder of the Punch Brothers. In this episode, we listen to selections from a Chris Thile & Mike Marshall concert followed by a Punch Brothers concert, recorded on the same day at the 2014 Savannah Music Festival.

Airs Thursday, February 12, at 8 p.m. When guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge formed a collaborative effort using early 20th century Martin Guitars to explore the worlds of improvisation and composition, no one should have been surprised. With Lage's background in jazz and improvised musical styles, and Eldridge's relationship with bluegrass and his membership in the acclaimed band Punch Brothers, the duo was able to blend technical mastery of their instruments with some beautiful vocals, and have a lot of fun playing their hearts out. In this episode, we listen to the duo performing at the Charles H. Morris Center during the 2014 Savannah Music Festival.

Airs Thursday, February 5 at 8 p.m. Many of the most notable achievements in jazz have come through its great composers. Giants such as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and many others always kept the music moving forward through the creation and performance of new compositions. In this episode, we listen to the premiere of new work commissioned by SMF by saxophonist Walter Blanding, Jr. entitled "Tick Tock". The ensemble features Blanding, Marcus Printup on trumpet, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Carlos Henriquez on bass and Herlin Riley on drums.