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.
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