Savannah Music Festival

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Savannah Music Festival 2012 dates – 22nd March to 7th April

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The History of Savannah Music Festival

The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Savannah. It is Georgia’s largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. In addition to an array of musical performances that includes dance, film, and narrative programs, the festival operates year-round to produce youth concerts, lectures, in-school touring programs, recordings, a weekly radio series, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, and interactive websites.

SMF stages original, one-time only productions, premieres and double-bills, including commissioned works and unique series. In 2010, numerous one-time only pairings take place throughout the festival, with particular emphasis on vocalists and string players. Singers Patty Loveless and Kathy Mattea share a bill on opening weekend, as do Ruthie Foster and Kristina Train; they will be followed by two teenage wunderkinds, Canadian Sierra Noble and Texan Sarah Jarosz. Brazilian guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad are matched with violin virtuoso Roby Lakatos and his Sextet; French bassist extraordinaire Renaud Garcia-Fons’ trio is paired with fiddle master Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing Trio; Malian ngoni superstar Bassekou Kouyate’s family band halves a concert with American guitarist Bill Frisell’s Trio.

Original productions in 2010 include: the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Chinese piano sensation Lang Lang; the 5th annual Piano Showdown; the 17th annual American Traditions Competition; the All Star Swing Summit/Swing CentralFinale; Ben Tucker’s 80th birthday celebration; and our originally conceived chamber music series, Sensations, which combines many of the finest European and American musicians under the curatorial direction of Associate Artistic Director Daniel Hope. Premieres include Mike Marshall’s commissioned “Suite Savannah” and the debut of the new Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band.

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