Savannah Music Festival

Georgia's largest musical arts events celebrates its silver anniversary

In 2014, the Savannah Music Festival, Georgia’s largest musical arts events, celebrated its 25th anniversary season by presenting over 500 artists throughout the historic city over a 17-day span. Executive and Artistic Director Rob Gibson, on board since 2002, leads a team that has turned the former competition-heavy concert series known as Savannah Onstage into an event that The Times of London calls “one of the world’s top 10 festivals.” The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) brings innovative artists to Georgia, creates a significant economic impact for the region and consistently builds new audiences through its performances and strong music education programs, which serve over 10,000 children per year. The 25th anniversary season included the world premiere of The Sun Was Chasing Venus, an SMF commission by Charlotte Bray performed by the Dover Quartet, a duo recital of original works by the extraordinary mandolinists Mike Marshall and Chris Thile, an artistic partnership with the Flamenco Festival International featuring performances by Tomatito and Estrella Morente, and “When the Scots Met the Irish,” an only-in Savannah production. Performing artists included the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, violinist Daniel Hope, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride Trio, the Avett Brothers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jason Isbell, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Punch Brothers, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and many more. The Savannah Music Festival’s 26th season will take place March 29 – April 4, 2015.

Young jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant shares her feel for the blues with the audience. Photo by Frank Stewart

Young jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant shares her feel for the blues with the audience. Photo by Frank Stewart

Soloist Daniel Hope joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for its ninth consecutive SMF appearance. Photo by Frank Stewart

Soloist Daniel Hope joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for its ninth consecutive SMF appearance. Photo by Frank Stewart

Malian singer and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara mesmerizes the SMF audience. Photo by Ayano Hisa

Malian singer and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara mesmerizes the SMF audience. Photo by Ayano Hisa

(L-R) Luther Dickinson, Marc Broussard, JJ Grey and Anders Osborne join forces in the Ships of the Sea North Graden as the Southern Soul Assembly. Photo by Ayano Hisa

(L-R) Luther Dickinson, Marc Broussard, JJ Grey and Anders Osborne join forces in the Ships of the Sea North Graden as the Southern Soul Assembly. Photo by Ayano Hisa

Virtuoso mandolinists Mike Marshall (at left) and Chris Thile perform a variety of works together during the Savannah Music Festival's 2014 season. Photo by Ayano Hisa

Virtuoso mandolinists Mike Marshall (at left) and Chris Thile perform a variety of works together during the Savannah Music Festival’s 2014 season. Photo by Ayano Hisa

The Piano Showdown with Christian Sands, Marcus Roberts, Aaron Diehl and Cyrus Chesnut features the four jazz pianists on four nine-foot Steinways.

The Piano Showdown with Christian Sands, Marcus Roberts, Aaron Diehl and Cyrus Chesnut features the four jazz pianists on four nine-foot Steinways. Photo by Ayano Hisa

Related Posts