The historic district of downtown Savannah plays host to more than 100 performances during the annual Savannah Music Festival (SMF), providing an ideal backdrop for an event that celebrates exceptional artistry in jazz, classical, and a variety of American and international musical traditions. The 2015 edition of SMF takes place from March 19 through April 4, with a lineup that includes the debut of opera at SMF, an expansion of the number of programs staged, and the organization’s most international festival to date. “With the incredible success of the 25th anniversary season in 2014, our community made it clear that it has embraced SMF as a significant economic driver, arts education leader, and mainstay marquee event,” explains SMF Executive & Artistic Director Rob Gibson. Tickets to the 2015 festival are now on sale online at savannahmusicfestival.org, by phone at 912-525-5050, or at 216 E. Broughton Street in Savannah.
Last year, describing the SMF as “Georgia’s most delightful music festival,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution marveled: “How did a city of 150,000 (360,000 in the metro area) create a music festival that rivals Spoleto in Charleston? How did Savannah slip past Atlanta and claim this prize? A visit to Savannah for the first three days of the festival offered a few clues: relentless hospitality, choice, and courage.” Opera, symphonic, chamber, and recital highlights
New in 2015, the Savannah Music Festival introduces opera to its programming through a co-production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi with the Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF), featuring the Savannah Philharmonic under Eugene Kohn with principals Mark Delavan, Verónica Villarroel, and Micaela Oëste. In celebration of Sherrill Milnes’s 80th birthday, these three arts organizations join forces in presenting two nights of opera, a chamber orchestra concert with Daniel Hope & Friends, and a vocal concert with singers from the SVF.
For the complete schedule, visit www.savannahmusicfestival.org. In early February, a second wave of pop/rock concerts will be added to the SMF 2015 schedule. High-resolution photo and press material downloads are available at www.savannahmusicfestival.org/press