Sebastian Knauer

Airs Friday, January 1, at 12 noon. Beethoven is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest and most dynamic keyboard virtuosos of his time but Beethoven also took a great interest in the violin, composing ten sonatas for violin and piano. These enduring works have influenced generations of performers and composers and they remain as profound today as when they were premiered in the 19th century. On this edition of the Savannah music festival we take a concert from the spring of 2011 when the festival showcased the complete cycle of sonatas by Beethoven.

Airs Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 8 p.m. In the ten festivals since 2005, one of our favorite and regularly featured artists has been pianist Sebastian Knauer, who plays in our chamber music series curated by his friend and colleague Daniel Hope.  In this episode we listen to Mr. Knauer's opening day recital at Savannah Music Festival 2014, recorded live at the Trinity United Methodist Church. 

Airs Thursday, July 3 at 8 p.m. In music, the term "Americana" generally refers to a subset of American music that is perhaps best defined as "classic" American music, ranging in style from roots-based bluegrass to alternative country, gospel, blues, zydeco, jazz and other native forms. In this episode, we listen to an array of musical Americana selections recorded at the Savannah Music Festival between 2004 and 2008. Performers include Sam Bush, Mike Marshall, Don Stiernberg, the David Grisman Quintet, Jerry Douglas, Bob Seeley, the Bucky Pizzarelli Trio, Daniel Hope, Tony Williamson and Sebastian Knauer.