Savannah Music Festival 2013 Showcases Distinctive Cross-Genre Lineup Including Numerous Premieres and Debuts

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Tickets are Now on Sale for the 2013 Festival, March 21 - April 6

Savannah Music Festival 2013: March 21-April 6

“Savannah’s hallmark is its cultural diversity… It’s a celebration of music in all its many forms.”
– The Wall Street Journal

Savannah Music Festival 2013 Highlights:

Dance, Chamber And Symphonic Music

  •     Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Makes Seventh Consecutive Appearance With All-American Program Including The Premiere Of A Co-Commissioned Piano Concerto By Marcus Roberts Under The Direction Of Robert Spano
  •     Premieres Of Commissioned Works For Daniel Hope & Friends By Alexandra Du Bois And Charlotte Bray
  •     Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Performs With Dover Quartet And Ensemble 39
  •     Anne Sofie Von Otter And Daniel Hope Perform Two Unique Programs, German And American
  •     David Finckel & Wu Han Make Sixth Straight Smf Appearance, Performing As A Duo And With Daniel Hope & Friends
  •     Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio And The Miami String Quartet Perform Together And In Collaboration With Daniel Hope
  •     Sebastian Knauer Leads Chamber Orchestra Playing Concertos By Bach And Mozart
  •     Richard Goode, Cameron Carpenter, Jeremy Denk, Simon Crawford-Phillips And Lorenza Borrani Offer Intimate Recitals

Jazz, R&B And Blues

  •     Premiere Of Walter Blanding’s “Tick Tock” For Septet Including Lionel Loueke And Marcus Printup
  •     Jazz Masters Ahmad Jamal, Charles Mcpherson, Houston Person And René Marie Lead Their Own Ensembles In Special Productions
  •     Jazz Meets Cabaret Features Jane Monheit And Jennifer Sheehan, Leading Vocalists In Their Respective Genres
  •     Aaron Diehl Plays Solo, With His Trio And In A Special Quartet Performance Featuring The Music Of John Lewis And The Modern Jazz Quartet With Vibraphonist Warren Wolf
  •     The Art Of Solo Guitar Pairs Virtuosos Julian Lage And Martin Taylor
  •     Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires And Lee Fields & The Expressions Make It Clear That Rhythm And Blues Is Alive And Well In The 21st Century
  •     Premier Blues Guitarists Tab Benoit And Otis Taylor Lead Their Bands On A Special Pairing

Americana, Folk And Traditional

  •     Emmylou Harris Partners With Rodney Crowell On A Double Bill With Richard Thompson
  •     Renowned Dobro Master Jerry Douglas Plays A Rare Solo Concert And Fronts His Band Alongside The Old-Time Kozmik Trio Featuring Bruce Molsky, Rushad Eggleston And Darol Anger
  •     Masters Of Bluegrass Features J.D. Crowe, Del Mccoury, Bobby Hicks And Bobby Osbourne
  •     A Savannah Original Double Bill Places The David Grisman Folk-Jazz Trio With Acclaimed Singer/Multi-Instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz And Her Trio
  •     Keller Williams & The Travelin’ Mccourys Share A Night With The Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola Duo
  •     A Wide Variety Of Young American Acoustic Musicians Includes The Talented All-Female Bluegrass Band Della Mae With The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Deadly Gentlemen On A Double Bill With Joy Kills Sorrow, Red Stick Ramblers, Casey Driessen, And Lake Street Dive
  •     The Wood Brothers And Lera Lynn Share A Double Bill
  •     Mike Marshall Reunites With His Longtime Duo Partner Darol Anger, And Leads Student Ensembles In Stringband Spectacular, The Finale Concert Of The 2nd Annual Acoustic Music Seminar

World Music

  •     Fado Star Ana Moura On A Bill With The Premiere Of Robert Sadin’s “Messina: Songs Of The Night” Featuring Clarinetist Patrick Messina
  •     African Blues & The Creole-Cajun Crossroads Brings Together African Blues Guitarist Boubacar Traoré On A Bill With Multi-Instrumentalists Cedric Watson And Dirk Powell
  •     Smf’s Annual Latin Dance Party Features The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

SAVANNAH, GA – Savannah Music Festival (SMF) announces the lineup for its 2013 season, a city-wide musical arts event showcasing renowned performers in jazz, classical, Americana and world music against the backdrop of one of America’s most enchanting historic districts from March 21 to April 6. Described by USA Today as “one of the top music festivals in the world,” SMF features more than 100 productions during the 17-day event. Highlights include numerous festival debuts and unique collaborations, in addition to a wealth of varied concert programs and an unmatched variety of American acoustic music, blues and jazz. SMF offers attendees a chance to hit the dance floor with Cajun, Salsa and Zydeco dance parties. “At SMF, we live for the exchange between artists and audiences that comes whether it’s a 400-year old masterpiece or the premiere of a commissioned work,” remarks SMF Executive & Artistic Director Rob Gibson.

2013 Digital Brochure:
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About 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. Now in its 24th year, SMF is Georgia’s largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. The 2013 festival takes place from March 21st through April 6th in intimate venues throughout Savannah’s historic district. For more information visit

SMF Venues
The festival takes place in venues throughout Savannah, including the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, Trustees Theater, Charles H. Morris Center, Johnny Mercer Theater, Temple Mickve Israel, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Trinity United Methodist Church, Christ Church Episcopal, Reynolds Square and Rousakis Plaza. For more information, maps or directions to the venues, please visit

Tickets for the 2013 festival are on sale as of 10 a.m. eastern on November 15, 2012, and are available online at or by phone at 912.525.5050.

Press Contacts
National & NYC Press: contact Lois Cohn, 917.339.7187, lcohn(at)lcohnpr(dot)com or Brittnee Walker, 917.339.7183, bwalker(at)lcohnpr(dot)com
Regional (GA) Press: contact Ryan McMaken, 912.234.3378 ext. 104, ryan(at)savannahmusicfestival(dot)org

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