2014 Savannah Music Festival Brochure
Savannah Music Festival (SMF) announces the lineup for its 25th anniversary 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 20 to April 5, 2014.
We are delighted to present the 25th edition of the Savannah Music Festival (SMF). During the past quarter century, the growth of our organization has gone hand in glove with the advancement of our city, and SMF is now Georgia’s largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. While stimulating arts education and fostering economic development carry equal weight in our organization’s core mission, it is the clear and unfiltered exchange between hungry audiences and willing artists that continues to fuel us. We live for live music! This year’s 17-day feast of musical arts is our most ambitious undertaking to date. As always, from morning until late night we stage musical productions throughout the historic district, allowing patrons the opportunity to travel by foot, bicycle or pedicab from one event to the next while relishing our springtime weather. Each year, I meet hundreds of festival attendees who travel from all over the country specifically to experience our eclectic mix of indigenous American musical styles. Whether it’s bluegrass, blues, country, gospel, jazz or the many emerging blends of Americana music, SMF features a wealth of it. Country music star Vince Gill, blues giant Robert Cray, bluegrass icon Ricky Skaggs, and dozens of Americana music masters such as Béla Fleck, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Taj Mahal and Mike Marshall (director of our Acoustic Music Seminar) represent the established guard this year, while the contemporary sound of Americana is covered by the Punch Brothers, Aoife O’Donovan, The Lone Bellow, Noam Pikelny, Becca Stevens, Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage. A very special SMF production, “Ladies Sing the Blues,” features outstanding female singers channeling Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. Major jazz programs include: a fourshow run by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in the intimate confines of the Charles H. Morris Center; an afternoon matinée featuring jazz master Branford Marsalis; a “Piano Showdown” with veterans Marcus Roberts and Cyrus Chestnut squaring off with twenty-something wunderkinds Aaron Diehl and Christian Sands; a swinging double Savannah debut of jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant and the Christian McBride Trio; and a concert devoted to the classic collaborations of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley. Daniel Hope, who occupies the Mr. and Mrs. Curtis G. Anderson Associate Artistic Director Chair, is now in his 11th season of crafting one-time only chamber music performances that continue to bring this series a wealth of international acclaim. Daniel invites new friends for each festival and this year acclaimed tenor Michael Schade will be featured in two programs. There will also be three unique chamber orchestra productions: one conducted by Daniel Hope, one by Simon Crawford-Phillips, and another by Philip Dukes. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, co-led by longtime SMF favorites David Finckel and Wu Han, will premiere a program that will also travel to their own series in New York City. Daniel will be the soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who make their 9th consecutive SMF appearance, under the direction of Robert Spano. We are also thrilled to present debuts by mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, pianist Benjamin Hochman, mandolinist Avi Avital and the Jerusalem Quartet. Participating international artists will come from Scotland, France, Israel, Germany, Mali, Austria, Pakistan, Ireland, Niger, England and Spain. We are delighted to collaborate with the Flamenco Festival International in Madrid in presenting two of the most renowned Spanish artists of our time—Estrella Morente and Tomatito—and their respective ensembles. We have also conceived a project connecting two distinct musical styles titled “Flamenco Meets Jazz” that pairs virtuoso Spanish guitarist Dani de Morón with the sensational Aaron Diehl Trio, which will play here before traveling to the International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada. Qawwali singing, Irish and Scottish music, as well as two of West Africa’s most renowned contemporary artists will all be on display. We invite you to join us throughout our 25th anniversary celebration. In February we will announce a few more concerts, but don’t wait to buy your tickets to the enclosed program to get the very best seats. Looking forward to seeing a lot of you! Rob Gibson Executive & Artistic Director ⊳ BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN Lucas Theatre for the Arts Sunday, March 30, 2014 See page 26 for more information TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org savannahmusicfestival.org box box office office 912.525.5050 912.525.5050 1 OU R S U P P ORTERS TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 2 CORPORATE & GOVERNMENT SUPPORTERS FOUNDER Major Funding for the Savannah Music Festival is provided by the City of Savannah through the Department of Cultural Affairs DIAMOND www.savannahnow.com PLATINUM GOLD SILVER Downtown 912.233.1163 • Oglethorpe Mall 912.238.2120 St. Johns Town Center, Jacksonville 904.527.2643 • levyjewelers.com Downtown 912.233.1163 • Oglethorpe Mall 912.238.2120 St. Johns Town Center, Jacksonville 904.527.2643 • levyjewelers.com BRONZE DATES FOR T HES E S P EC IA L ⊳ MARC BROUSSARD SAVE THE PERFORMS WITH JJ GREY, ANDERS OSBORNE & LUTHER DICKINSON IN SOUTHERN SOUL ASSEMBLY Ships of the Sea North Garden Saturday, March 22, 2014 See page 12 for more information EVENTS MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS FOUNDER Bob & Jean Faircloth 25TH ANNIVERSARY HOUSE CONCERTS SILVER Rus & Jan Boekenheide Malcolm & Julia Butler Byck-Rothschild Foundation The Chatham Foundation Don & Kay Gardner Marla & Morris Geffen The Robert L. Harrison Family Willard & Jean Holland Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Jepson, Jr. Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy Dick Miller in memory of Ann Miller Barbara & Michael Ruddy Dr. & Mrs. Andrew T. Sheils, Jr. and Dr. W. Chris Sheils David & Maureen Smith The Solomons Family Mr. and Mrs. John L. Tucker Gail & Paul Wickes Harold & Peggy Yellin BRONZE Joan & Gary Capen William J. Donahue Friends of the Savannah Music Festival Ann & Bert Hand Sally Headley The Hodge Foundation Toby Hollenberg in memory of Stephen D. Hollenberg Mr. and Mrs. W. Barrett Howell, Sr. George & Ann Hubbs Joan & Jim Hunter Frances & John Kane Dr. David Lake & Dr. Linda Wright Richard K. Lane Mrs. Robert O. Levitt The Marjorie E. & B.H. Levy, Jr. Charitable Fund Elizabeth C. Peeples Don & Phyllis Powell Don & Karen Ringsby The Sussman Family in memory of Seymour Sussman The Albert Tenenbaum Family Fund Doug & Lamar Webb February 15–17, 2014 in surrounding communities DIAMOND Mr. and Mrs. Curtis G. Anderson 25TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL EVE BENEFIT PLATINUM Julius & Danyse Edel Larry & Nancy Fuller Dayle & Aaron Levy Charles & Rosalie Morris Wilson & Linda Fisk Morris Dave & Sylvaine Neises John T. Neises Shelby G. Schavoir The Alice M. & Thomas J. Tisch Foundation Anne P. West Ron & Susan Whitaker Wednesday, March 19, 2014 TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org SOUND VISION Photographs from the Savannah Music Festival archives by Frank Stewart and Ayano Hisa Artist Reception: Sunday, March 23, 2014 See page 14 for more information 11TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT GOLD Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Carolyn Luck McElveen & Don McElveen Tom & Ruth McMullin Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Rabinowitz Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Reilly Pamela & Peter Voss Monday, April 28, 2014 Old Tabby Links Spring Island, SC box office 912.525.5050 3 CA LEN DA R OF EV EN TS / I N D EX TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 4 THURSDAY MARCH 20 11 AM TUMC SEBASTIAN KNAUER, PIANO | $25 6 SATURDAY MARCH 22 12:30 PM CMC 12 CHRIS THILE & MIKE MARSHALL | $40 6 PM SOS SOUTHERN SOUL ASSEMBLY | $45 7 PM LT ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA $75 (gold), 65, 52, 42, 32 8 & 10:30 PM CMC LATIN DANCE PARTY: EDDIE PALMIERI SALSA ORCHESTRA | $35 8:30 PM TT PUNCH BROTHERS | $55, 45, 35, 25 12 ▼ LATIN DANCE PARTY: EDDIE PALMIERI ORCHESTRA Charles H. Morris Center Saturday, March 22, 2014 See page 12 for more information 12:30 PM CMC 6 FLAMENCO MEETS JAZZ: DANI DE MORÓN/AARON DIEHL | $25 5 PM CMC 6 PRE-CONCERT TALK WITH BEN JAFFE OF PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND | FREE 6 & 8:30 PM CMC 7 PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND | $35 7:30 PM SOS 8 AOIFE O’DONOVAN/THE LONE BELLOW | $30 8 PM LT TOMATITO “SOY FLAMENCO” $65 (gold), 55, 45, 35, 25 9 12 12 13 SUNDAY MARCH 23 3 PM LT 14 CELEBRATING VIVALDI: DANIEL HOPE AND LORENZA BORRANI WITH MEMBERS OF THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | $50 (gold), 40 FRIDAY MARCH 21 12:30 PM CMC 10 FLAMENCO MEETS JAZZ: DANI DE MORÓN/AARON DIEHL | $25 6 PM CMC 10 PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND | $35 6 PM TUMC DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS: MOZART, BRAHMS & BARTÓK | $45 10 WEDNESDAY MARCH 26 11 AM TUMC 18 DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS: DVOŘÁK’S BASS QUINTET | $25 12:30 PM CMC 18 CLASSIC JAZZ PIANO: MARK SHANE | $20 5 & 7:30 PM CMC 18 LADIES SING THE BLUES FEAT. CATHERINE RUSSELL AND CHARENEE WADE | $40 6 PM TUMC THE JERUSALEM QUARTET | $50 19 MONDAY MARCH 24 11:30 AM CMC 15 CONVERSATION WITH FRED CHILD | FREE 12:30 PM CMC 15 PERFORMANCE TODAY’S PIANO PUZZLER FEAT. FRED CHILD & BRUCE ADOLPHE $20 5 & 7:30 PM CMC 15 LADIES SING THE BLUES FEAT. CATHERINE RUSSELL AND CHARENEE WADE | $40 6 PM TUMC FROM EUROPE TO HOLLYWOOD: SIMON CRAWFORD-PHILLIPS WITH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA | $45 15 7:30 PM SOS 10 AOIFE O’DONOVAN/THE LONE BELLOW | $30 8 PM LT ESTRELLA MORENTE $65 (gold), 55, 45, 35, 25 8:30 PM CMC PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND DANCE PARTY | $35 8:30 PM JMT THE AVETT BROTHERS $75 (gold), 62, 52, 42, 32 11 10 THURSDAY MARCH 27 11 AM–5 PM ROUSAKIS PLAZA SWING CENTRAL JAZZ BIG BAND SHOWCASE | FREE 12:30 PM CMC CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT | $20 4–6:30 PM REYNOLDS SQUARE SWING CENTRAL JAZZ COMBO SHOWCASE | FREE 20 10 TUESDAY MARCH 25 12:30 PM CMC CHRISTIAN SANDS, PIANO | $20 16 20 20 Performances with this symbol are likely to have audiences up on their feet and dancing. Patrons who will be sensitive to this are encouraged to select seats near the front of the mezzanine or balcony. Dancers, please be considerate of those around you and make sure not to block the view of other audience members. 4 PM CMC 16 PRE-CONCERT TALK WITH ARTISTS FROM LADIES SING THE BLUES | FREE 5 & 7:30 PM CMC 17 LADIES SING THE BLUES FEAT. CATHERINE RUSSELL AND CHARENEE WADE | $40 6 PM TUMC 16 TARA ERRAUGHT, MEZZO-SOPRANO | $45 7 PM UUC ASIF ALI KHAN | $35 16 6 PM TUMC 20 DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS WITH MICHAEL SCHADE, PROGRAM I | $45 6 & 9 PM CMC CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO/ CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT | $35 20 7:30 PM LT 21 RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER/ SIERRA HULL & HIGHWAY 111 $65 (gold), 55, 45, 35, 25 FRIDAY MARCH 28 9 AM–3 PM LT 22 SWING CENTRAL JAZZ COMPETITION FREE 12:30 PM CMC CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO | $20 4–6:30 PM REYNOLDS SQUARE SWING CENTRAL JAZZ COMBO SHOWCASE | FREE 22 MONDAY MARCH 31 10:45 AM CMC 27 CONVERSATION WITH BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN | FREE 12:30 PM CMC 27 THE CASEY DRIESSEN SINGULARITY | $20 7 PM CMC 27 THE GIVEN NOTE: DANIEL HOPE, JULIAN LAGE, MIKE BLOCK, JOSE FRANCHBALLESTER & RODNEY JORDAN | $40 FRIDAY APRIL 4 12:30 PM CMC 34 KEVIN CRAWFORD, JOHN DOYLE, CILLIAN VALLELY & DUNCAN WICKEL | $20 6 PM LT 34 DESTINATION AMERICA: CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER $55 (gold), 45 5 & 8 PM SOS FATOUMATA DIAWARA/BOMBINO $35 35 22 6 PM TUMC 22 DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS WITH MICHAEL SCHADE, PROGRAM II | $45 7 PM LT 22 KIND OF BLUE: MILES, TRANE & CANNONBALL/SWING CENTRAL JAZZ FINALE | $62 (gold), 52, 42, 32, 22 8 PM JMT 23 VINCE GILL | $75 (gold), 62, 52, 42, 35 10 PM CMC LATE NIGHT JAM WITH CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO & FRIENDS $30 | $20 WITH SCJ FINALE TICKET 22 TUESDAY APRIL 1 12:30 PM CMC 28 FRANK VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO | $20 6 & 8:30 PM CMC 28 GUITAR HEAVEN: JULIAN LAGE & CHRIS ELDRIDGE/FRANK VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO | $35 6 PM TMI 29 AVI AVITAL, MANDOLIN FEAT. DOVER QUARTET | $45 SATURDAY APRIL 5 12:30 PM SOS 36 TIM O’BRIEN & DARRELL SCOTT | $20 3 PM TT AN AFTERNOON WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS | $55, 45, 35, 25 37 7 PM LT 36 AMS FINALE: STRINGBAND SPECTACULAR $45 (gold), 35, 25, 15 8 & 10:30 PM CMC CLOSING NIGHT DANCE PARTY: RED BARAAT | $30 36 SATURDAY MARCH 29 12:30 PM SOS GIBSON BROTHERS/ LONESOME RIVER BAND | $25 24 WEDNESDAY APRIL 2 12:30 PM CMC BECCA STEVENS BAND | $20 30 3 PM TT 25 PIANO SHOWDOWN FEAT. CHRISTIAN SANDS, MARCUS ROBERTS, AARON DIEHL AND CYRUS CHESTNUT | $55, 45, 35, 25 6 PM TUMC BENJAMIN HOCHMAN, PIANO | $45 7 PM SOS GIBSON BROTHERS/ LONESOME RIVER BAND | $40 8 PM LT TAJ MAHAL TRIO/JOHN SIMON $65 (gold), 55, 45, 35, 25 24 6 PM TUMC 30 PHILIP DUKES WITH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA FEAT. MICHAEL TREE | $45 6 & 8:30 PM CMC 31 NOAM PIKELNY BAND/BECCA STEVENS BAND | $35 CMC CHARLES H. MORRIS CENTER 10 East Broad Street JMT JOHNNY MERCER THEATRE Civic Center 301 West Oglethorpe Avenue LT LUCAS THEATRE FOR THE ARTS 32 Abercorn Street SOS SHIPS OF THE SEA NORTH GARDEN 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. TMI TEMPLE MICKVE ISRAEL 20 East Gordon Street TUMC TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 127 Barnard Street TT TRUSTEES THEATER 216 East Broughton Street UUC UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH 311 East Harris Street Page number for more information Indicates FREE Sound Dialogue Series TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org 24 THURSDAY APRIL 3 11 AM TUMC 32 DOVER QUARTET WITH MICHAEL TREE & PHILIP DUKES | $25 12:30 PM LAU | $20 CMC 32 24 SUNDAY MARCH 30 3 PM LT 26 BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN $60 (gold), 52, 42, 32, 22 6 PM TUMC DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS: ENGLISH MASTERPIECES | $45 26 6 & 8:30 PM CMC 32 WHEN THE SCOTS MET THE IRISH: LAU/ KEVIN CRAWFORD, JOHN DOYLE, CILLIAN VALLELY & DUNCAN WICKEL | $35 8 PM LT 33 ROBERT CRAY BAND | $65 (gold), 55, 45, 35, 25 box office 912.525.5050 Music Education Programs............................. 38 Support Us.......................................................... 40 Ticket Information & Policies........................... 41 Festival Venues.................................................. 42 Area Map............................................................. 43 Where to stay..................................................... 44 5 THURSDAY MARCH 20 11 AM SEBASTIAN KNAUER, PIANO Trinity United Methodist Church $25 Approx. 70 mins 12:30 PM FLAMENCO MEETS JAZZ: DANI DE MORÓN/ AARON DIEHL Charles H. Morris Center $25 Approx. 75 mins ADDITIONAL SHOWS Friday, March 21 at 12:30 pm Charles H. Morris Center See page 10 SOUND DIALOGUE SERIES 5 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK WITH BEN JAFFE OF PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND The Artistic Director of Preservation Hall Jazz Band discusses the mission and history of the venerable New Orleans institution. Charles H. Morris Center FREE 6 & 8:30 PM SEBASTIAN KNAUER, PIANO Haydn Sonata in E flat Major, Hob. XVI:49 Mozart Sonata in A Major K. 331 (“Alla Turca”) Schubert Four Impromptus, D. 935 (Op. posth. 142) Pianist and Hamburg, Germany native Sebastian Knauer (top left) is a mainstay of SMF chamber music programs. His nuanced approach to all piano music, whether it be Mendelssohn, Mozart, Copland or Gershwin, has made Mr. Knauer a favorite of music lovers throughout North America and Europe. A prize winner at numerous competitions, he gave his concerto debut at the age of 13, performing Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto in the Hamburg Musikhalle. Since then, Mr. Knauer has performed in major concert halls throughout the world with leading orchestras and conductors. This opening day recital is a program celebrating masterworks of the first Viennese school. SMF ORIGINAL PRODUCTION FLAMENCO MEETS JAZZ: DANI DE MORÓN/ AARON DIEHL In partnership with Flamenco Festival (see page 9 for more information), SMF fostered this creative collaboration blending two extraordinary instrumentalists and two beloved musical traditions of Spain and the U.S. Dani de Morón (top right) is one of the rising stars of flamenco guitar and he, along with a Spanish percussionist, will join jazz pianist Aaron Diehl and his trio in this original SMF production. Only 27, Mr. Diehl has blown away Savannah audiences in every setting in which he has played—solo, duo, quartet and in large ensembles—and this original program promises to be imaginative and dynamic. PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND IN CONCERT Charles H. Morris Center $35 Approx. 80 mins ADDITIONAL SHOWS Friday, March 21 at 6 & 8:30 pm Charles H. Morris Center See page 10 TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 6 THURSDAY PROGRAMS CONTINUE ON PAGE 8 ⊲ PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND If youâ€™ve seen them at Preservation Hall in New Orleans, you know just how special it is to experience this marvelously swinging band in a small space. Making their debut in the wonderfully intimate Charles H. Morris Center, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will ignite this room in a two-night residency, showcasing the classic American sound that was created in the Crescent City 100 years ago. The band (Charlie Gabriel, clarinet; Freddie Lonzo, trombone; Ben Jaffe, bass & tuba; Rickie Monie, piano; Joseph Lastie, Jr., drums; and Clint Maedgen, saxophones) has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate classic New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Bonnaroo, for British royalty or with the Del McCoury Band, this music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Bring your dancing shoes for the 8:30 pm show on Friday, March 21 (see page 10). TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 7 THURSDAY MARCH 20 7:30 PM AOIFE O’DONOVAN/ THE LONE BELLOW Ships of the Sea North Garden $30 Approx. 120 mins ADDITIONAL SHOWS Friday, March 21 at 7:30 pm Ships of the Sea North Garden See page 10 8 PM TOMATITO “SOY FLAMENCO” Lucas Theatre for the Arts $65 (gold), 55, 45, 35, 25 Approx. 105 mins AOIFE O’DONOVAN/ THE LONE BELLOW This double bill pairs two very different and talented Brooklynbased ensembles that blend folk, rock and country, with roots ranging from the South to the other side of the Atlantic. Aoife O’Donovan (top) returns to Savannah as a leader, following her SMF performance with Crooked Still in 2011. She has collaborated with artists as wide ranging as Alison Krauss and Dave Douglas, and is fresh off a yearlong recording/touring project with Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma and Stuart Duncan. A widely celebrated group that came together at a Park Slope diner over the songs of front man Zach Williams, The Lone Bellow (left) have made a huge impression with their beautiful harmonies, emotional force and a presence that sounds remarkably experienced. This is the first of two nights featuring Aoife O’Donovan and The Lone Bellow at Ships of the Sea North Garden. TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 8 FLAMENCO FESTIVAL TOMATITO “SOY FLAMENCO” The fervent Spanish tradition of flamenco music is championed by multiple GRAMMY Awardwinning guitarist Tomatito (José Fernández Torres), who brings his esteemed ensemble to Savannah for opening night of the 25th anniversary festival. A soloist of endless capability and major significance in the style, Tomatito has collaborated with a wide range of artists including John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, Camarón de la Isla (with whom he worked for 18 years), Chick Corea and many others in music, film and theater. Those who experienced the sonic delight of Paco de Lucia’s closing night performance at SMF 2012 can expect similar musical heights from his friend and colleague Tomatito, who the Miami Herald calls “one of Spain’s greatest guitarists.” This is the first night of world-renowned flamenco, including virtuosic dance and soulful vocals, at SMF 2014. TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org ABOUT FLAMENCO FESTIVAL A presenting organization based in Madrid, Flamenco Festival is dedicated to the promotion of world-class flamenco artists outside of Spain. Their annual events in London, Moscow, NYC and Tokyo showcase icons of traditional flamenco along with the most innovative, emerging young stars of flamenco dance, music and song. This season marks the debut of Flamenco Festival in Savannah. FLAMENCO FESTIVAL is sponsored by Instituto Andaluz del Flamenco and INAEM (Minister of Culture) box office 912.525.5050 9 FRIDAY MARCH 21 12:30 PM FLAMENCO MEETS JAZZ: DANI DE MORÓN/ AARON DIEHL Charles H. Morris Center $25 Approx. 75 mins ADDITIONAL SHOWS Thursday, March 20 at 12:30 pm Charles H. Morris Center See page 6 6 PM PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND IN CONCERT Charles H. Morris Center $35 Approx. 80 mins ADDITIONAL SHOWS Thur., March 20 at 6 & 8:30 pm Charles H. Morris Center See page 6 6 PM DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS: MOZART, BRAHMS & BARTÓK Trinity United Methodist Church $45 Approx. 110 mins 7:30 PM SMF ORIGINAL PRODUCTION FLAMENCO MEETS JAZZ: DANI DE MORÓN/ AARON DIEHL This is the second day in a twoday run of pianist Aaron Diehl and guitarist Dani de Morón’s Flamenco-Jazz Project. See page 6 for more information. DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS: MOZART, BRAHMS & BARTÓK Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493 Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (arr. by Antony Gray, w/o piano) Bartók Duets for Two Violins In the second program of SMF’s critically-acclaimed chamber music series, Daniel Hope, the Mr. & Mrs. Curtis G. Anderson Associate Artistic Director Chair, hosts an evening of music making with some of the group’s core members. These musicians are among the most accomplished and dedicated chamber musicians from across North America and Europe. Italian violinist Lorenza Borrani (top left), is Concertmaster of the Chamber Music Orchestra of Europe and returns for her sixth SMF residency in 2014. Lorenza Borrani, violin | Daniel Hope, violin | Benny Kim, violin | Carla Maria Rodrigues, viola | Eric Kim, cello | Keith Robinson, cello | Sebastian Knauer, piano AOIFE O’DONOVAN/ THE LONE BELLOW This is the second of two nights featuring Aoife O’Donovan and The Lone Bellow at Ships of the Sea North Garden. See page 8 for more information. AOIFE O’DONOVAN/ THE LONE BELLOW Ships of the Sea North Garden $30 Approx. 120 mins ADDITIONAL SHOWS Thur., March 20 at 7:30 pm Ships of the Sea North Garden See page 8 8 PM TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 10 THE AVETT BROTHERS In 2001, banjoist Scott Avett and guitarist Seth Avett formed The Avett Brothers (top right) with standup bass player Bob Crawford. Growing up in Concord, NC, the boys immersed themselves in their musician dad’s record collection, falling in love with Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Since then, they’ve become genre stalwarts over the course of six albums and have toured across the globe. This concert follows up their sold-out SMF 2011 performance at the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Savannah audiences can expect a band at the height of their powers. PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND IN CONCERT AT 6 PM DANCE PARTY AT 8:30 PM This is the second night of a twonight Savannah residency, which closes out with a special 8:30 pm dance party set! See page 7 for more information about Preservation Hall Jazz Band. ESTRELLA MORENTE Lucas Theatre for the Arts $65 (gold), 55, 45, 35, 25 Approx. 105 mins 8:30 PM PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND DANCE PARTY Charles H. Morris Center $35 Approx. 80 mins 8:30 PM THE AVETT BROTHERS Johnny Mercer Theatre $75 (gold), 62, 52, 42, 32 Approx. 105 mins FLAMENCO FESTIVAL ESTRELLA MORENTE The daughter of famed flamenco singer Enrique Morente and dancer Aurora Carbonell, 33-year old Spanish superstar Estrella Morente began performing with her father at the age of seven. Now one of Spain’s most sought-after and internationally renowned performers, Morente has been showered with critical praise for possessing innate musical abilities and a profound connection to the art of “cante flamenco” (flamenco song). Blessed with a pure, crystalline voice that moves easily between warm, seductive tones and raw, expressive phrases, Morente captivates aficionados and newcomers to this passionate musical style. Don’t miss her Southeastern debut! “As everyone in Spain knows, when she sings, it can be difficult to take your eyes off her.” –THE NEW YORK TIMES TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 FLAMENCO FESTIVAL is sponsored by Instituto Andaluz del Flamenco and INAEM (Minister of Culture) 11 SATURDAY MARCH 22 12:30 PM CHRIS THILE & MIKE MARSHALL Charles H. Morris Center $40 Approx. 80 mins 6 PM SOUTHERN SOUL ASSEMBLY FEAT. JJ GREY, ANDERS OSBORNE, MARC BROUSSARD & LUTHER DICKINSON Ships of the Sea North Garden $45 Approx. 110 mins 7 PM ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY ROBERT SPANO DANIEL HOPE, VIOLIN JESSICA RIVERA, SOPRANO Lucas Theatre for the Arts $75 (gold), 65, 52, 42, 32 Approx. 120 mins 8 & 10:30 PM LATIN DANCE PARTY: EDDIE PALMIERI SALSA ORCHESTRA Charles H. Morris Center $35 Approx. 105 mins 8:30 PM TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 12 CHRIS THILE & MIKE MARSHALL Two of America’s most accomplished virtuoso mandolinists share the stage to perform a wide-ranging duo program. Expect expressively executed instrumental works including styles as far reaching as bluegrass, Brazilian choro, Italian folk songs, Celtic medleys, Bach partitas and original compositions. Chris Thile and Mike Marshall’s musical horizons have no limits and this event is a must-hear for lovers of creative improvising musicians. PUNCH BROTHERS Trustees Theater $55, 45, 35, 25 Approx. 90 mins live performance. Swedish born, New Orleans resident Anders Osborne is a gutbucket bluesman, guitar slinger and soulful singer/ songwriter. Marc Broussard’s trademark “Bayou Soul” is a mixture of R&B, rock and soul, while Luther Dickinson (top right) is a Memphis born guitar aficionado who founded the North Mississippi All-Stars, and has worked with the Black Crowes and John Hiatt. also include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, featuring celebrated soprano Jessica Rivera. LATIN DANCE PARTY: EDDIE PALMIERI SALSA ORCHESTRA In a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras, nine GRAMMY Awards, a discography that includes 36 titles and the nation’s Highest Honor in Jazz Music (2012 NEA Jazz Master), Eddie Palmieri brings his Salsa Orchestra back to Savannah for another blazing dance party. Known for his astute arranging skills and historic compositions, Mr. Palmieri continues to thrill audiences throughout the world. ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SOUTHERN SOUL ASSEMBLY: JJ GREY, ANDERS OSBORNE, MARC BROUSSARD & LUTHER DICKINSON Inspired by the roots of southern rock, gospel and blues, these four acclaimed guitarists join forces for the first time in an all-acoustic program that will include solos, duos, trios and quartet performances. Jacksonville native JJ Grey spends eight months a year on the road, driven by his love for ROBERT SPANO, CONDUCTOR DANIEL HOPE, VIOLIN JESSICA RIVERA, SOPRANO Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G Major In their ninth consecutive SMF appearance, the internationally acclaimed Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (top left) brings another dynamic program to the Lucas Theatre under the direction of Robert Spano. Joined by soloist Daniel Hope for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, the program will TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org PUNCH BROTHERS The Punch Brothers—mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, banjoist Noam Pikelny, violinist Gabe Witcher and bassist Paul Kowert—make their third SMF appearance since 2009. The band’s stellar rise since then has included several recordings, constant touring, a MacArthur Genius Grant for Chris Thile and side projects by each of its members. Their collective growth in both writing and performing has become looser, simpler and more unaffectedly youthful as they now serve up their most exhilaratingly direct and daring performances. box office 912.525.5050 13 SUNDAY MARCH 23 3 PM CELEBRATING VIVALDI: DANIEL HOPE AND LORENZA BORRANI WITH MEMBERS OF THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FEAT. FRED CHILD OF PERFORMANCE TODAY Lucas Theatre for the Arts $50 (gold), 40 Approx. 90 mins CELEBRATING VIVALDI: DANIEL HOPE AND LORENZA BORRANI WITH MEMBERS OF THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FEAT. FRED CHILD OF PERFORMANCE TODAY TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 14 To open the concert, Performance Today’s Fred Child (below) and Daniel Hope (top) will discuss the life and work of Il Prete Rosso (“The Red Priest”), Italian violinist/ composer Antonio Vivaldi. Daniel Hope performs Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Violins” alongside Lorenza Borrani before leading a chamber orchestra performance of Max Richter’s imaginative reworking of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” (featuring members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Of Mr. Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed, Mr. Hope says: “Max’s reworking of the score has stimulated my hearing and at the same time given me a new appetite for the original Vivaldi, who by the way, regularly intervened in his own compositions and partially changed them from performance to performance.” Lorenza Borrani, violin | Daniel Hope, violin | Avi Stein, harpsichord | ASO string players DON’T MISS IT! SOUND VISION Photographs from the Savannah Music Festival archives by Frank Stewart and Ayano Hisa OGLETHORPE GALLERY 406 East Oglethorpe Ave. OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 5–7 pm EXHIBITION: March 20–April 5, 2014 Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 3–6 pm or with appointment. Call 912.234.3378 for more information. Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins in A minor, RV 522 Westhoff Imitazione delle Campane Richter Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons MONDAY MARCH 24 SOUND DIALOGUE SERIES 11:30 AM CONVERSATION WITH FRED CHILD The host of American Public Media’s Performance Today talks about the classical music world and his experience in national radio broadcasting. Charles H. Morris Center FREE 12:30 PM PERFORMANCE TODAY’S PIANO PUZZLER FEAT. FRED CHILD & BRUCE ADOLPHE Charles H. Morris Center $20 Approx. 60 mins 5 & 7:30 PM LADIES SING THE BLUES FEAT. CATHERINE RUSSELL AND CHARENEE WADE A SPECIAL BROADCAST EVENT! PERFORMANCE TODAY’S PIANO PUZZLER FEAT. FRED CHILD & BRUCE ADOLPHE Join us for a Savannah performance of this popular classical music quiz show, hosted by Fred Child of Performance Today alongside pianist/composer Bruce Adolphe. Test your ears as Mr. Adolphe rewrites a popular melody in the style of a great classical composer and then challenges you to guess the tune and the composer. FROM EUROPE TO HOLLYWOOD: SIMON CRAWFORD-PHILLIPS WITH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Stravinsky Concerto for String Orchestra in D Major Schoenberg Notturno (Adagio) for Violin, Harp & Strings in A-flat Major Haydn Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in G, Hob. XVIII/4 Debussy Danse sacrée et profane for Harp and Strings Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings, Op. 21 Aside from the extraordinary European émigré composers who defined the Hollywood film music genre, this program traces the classical music tradition on the same journey. From the fin-desiècle France of Chausson and Debussy it follows the two leading lights of 20th century music, Stravinsky and Schoenberg, to Los Angeles and Hollywood where they spent much of their later lives. Simon Crawford-Phillips, conductor, piano | Lorenza Borrani, violin | Daniel Hope, violin | Benny Kim, violin | Carla Maria Rodrigues, viola | Eric Kim, cello | Keith Robinson, cello | ASO string players | Bridget Kibbey, harp Charles H. Morris Center $40 Approx. 90 mins ADDITIONAL SHOWS Tuesday, March 25 and Wednesday, March 26 at 5 & 7:30 pm Charles H. Morris Center See pages 16 and 18 6 PM SMF ORIGINAL PRODUCTION LADIES SING THE BLUES FROM EUROPE TO HOLLYWOOD: SIMON CRAWFORD-PHILLIPS WITH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Trinity United Methodist Church $45 Approx. 110 mins TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org FEAT. CATHERINE RUSSELL AND CHARENEE WADE This is the first day in a one-time only three-day run with vocalists Catherine Russell (top) and Charenee Wade. See page 17 for more information. box office 912.525.5050 15 TUESDAY MARCH 25 12:30 PM CHRISTIAN SANDS, PIANO Charles H. Morris Center $20 Approx. 65 mins SOUND DIALOGUE SERIES 4 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK WITH ARTISTS FROM LADIES SING THE BLUES Charles H. Morris Center FREE 5 & 7:30 PM LADIES SING THE BLUES FEAT. CATHERINE RUSSELL AND CHARENEE WADE Charles H. Morris Center $40 Approx. 90 mins ADDITIONAL SHOWS Monday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 26 at 5 & 7:30 pm Charles H. Morris Center See pages 15 and 18 6 PM CHRISTIAN SANDS, PIANO At the young age of 24, pianist Christian Sands’ meteoric rise in the jazz world includes performances at the 2006 and 2007 GRAMMY Awards, as well as a highly publicized duet with pianist Oscar Peterson. As pianist of Christian McBride’s Trio and his group Inside Straight, Mr. Sands has an extensive musical vocabulary that has led to performances with jazz luminaries such as Wycliffe Gordon, Terrance Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody and many others. TARA ERRAUGHT, MEZZO-SOPRANO Haydn Scena di Berenice Respighi O falce di luna, Nebbie, Notte Brahms Gypsy Songs Wolf Mörike Songs Gluck “Addio, o miei sospiri” from Orfeo ed Euridice Ponchielli “Vove di donna” from La Gioconda Balfe “Non v’e donna piu felice” from Falstaff Just a few months ago, 26-year-old Tara Erraught’s (below) Vienna State Opera debut left critics positively elated and audiences stunned. Since then, the Irishborn mezzo-soprano has taken the opera world by storm, singing title roles at the Vienna State Opera, Hamburg State Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. ASIF ALI KHAN Get ready for some Sufi soul from Pakistan’s reigning prince of qawwali music, Asif Ali Khan (top) and his nine-member ensemble. A disciple of the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Asif Ali Khan is widely regarded as the music’s finest living exponent. He is praised for his inventiveness and distinctive approach to this enchanting musical style. Dating back 700 years, qawwali is characterized by full-throated vocals and energetic rhythms, ranging from meditative and trance-like to suddenly thrilling and ecstatic—a genuinely inspiring experience. Of his craft, Khan says, “we aren’t singing as much as listening to God’s instructions with our souls.” TARA ERRAUGHT, MEZZO-SOPRANO Trinity United Methodist Church $45 Approx. 110 mins 7 PM TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 16 ASIF ALI KHAN Unitarian Universalist Church $35 Approx. 90 mins SMF ORIGINAL PRODUCTION LADIES SING THE BLUES FEAT. CATHERINE RUSSELL AND CHARENEE WADE This is the second day in a threeday run of an original production featuring phenomenal singers— Catherine Russell and Charenee Wade (inset above)—called “Ladies Sing the Blues.” Channeling the pioneering vocal styles of 1920s blues divas Bessie Smith (“the Empress of the Blues”—pictured), Mamie Smith (“the Queen of the Blues”), Ma Rainey (“the Mother of the Blues”) and the legendary icon of stage and film, Ethel Waters, the program features arrangements of the era, performed by pianist Mark Shane and an outstanding band featuring Warren Vaché on trumpet and other special guests. “Jazz, of course, has to keep moving on. But as venturesome and cutting-edge as it becomes, at the center of gravity that has always kept the music alive and surprising is ‘the groove’ that Catherine Russell embodies.” –THE WALL STREET JOURNAL TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 17 WEDNESDAY MARCH 26 11 AM DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS: DVOŘÁK’S BASS QUINTET Trinity United Methodist Church $25 Approx. 60 mins 12:30 PM CLASSIC JAZZ PIANO: MARK SHANE Charles H. Morris Center $20 Approx. 65 mins 5 & 7:30 PM LADIES SING THE BLUES FEAT. CATHERINE RUSSELL AND CHARENEE WADE Charles H. Morris Center $40 Approx. 90 mins ADDITIONAL SHOWS Monday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 25 at 5 & 7:30 pm Charles H. Morris Center See pages 15 and 16 6 PM THE JERUSALEM QUARTET Trinity United Methodist Church $50 Approx. 110 mins TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 18 DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS: DVOŘÁK’S BASS QUINTET Mozart Piano Trio No. 4 in E Major, K. 542 Dvořák String Quintet (Bass) No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77 The string instrument that turns a quartet into a quintet varies with each composer or work; Mozart added a viola, Schubert, a cello, but in this case, Dvořák chose the double bass, selecting an infrequent guest in the chamber ensemble, thereby matching the full palette of the symphony orchestra. This lush quintet shares a program with one of Chopin’s favorite works by Mozart, the E Major piano trio. The work pleased Mozart so much that he immediately performed it at his house before taking it on a tour of Germany. Lorenza Borrani, violin | Daniel Hope, violin | Benny Kim, violin | Carla Maria Rodrigues, viola | Eric Kim, cello | Keith Robinson, cello | Joseph Conyers, bass | Sebastian Knauer, piano CLASSIC JAZZ PIANO: MARK SHANE Mark Shane plays classic jazz piano and his spirited “striding and tickling” combines ragtime feeling, blues, infectious humor, virtuosic technique and a timehonored repertoire drawn from the golden age of jazz and swing. Listeners delight to hits made famous by Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson and other jazz greats. Mr. Shane served as house pianist in New York’s Eddie Condon’s jazz club, and has played with Benny Goodman and many all-star alumni from the bands of Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. SMF ORIGINAL PRODUCTION LADIES SING THE BLUES FEAT. CATHERINE RUSSELL AND CHARENEE WADE This is the last day of a special three-day run with vocalists Catherine Russell and Charenee Wade. See pages 15 and 17 for more information. THE JERUSALEM QUARTET Beethoven String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 Janáček String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” Brahms String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 The Jerusalem Quartet displays a liveliness and spontaneity that has led to international acclaim and made them both regular and popular visitors to major venues throughout the world. Their outstanding interpretations and recordings of the string quartet literature have won BBC Music Magazine Awards, the Diapason d’Or Arte and the ECHO Classic Award. This is their Savannah debut. “Their wonderfully full and vibrant sound is channeled through rhythms and phrasings that are crisp, tightreined, and naturally flowing. Every deft switch of mood is caught to nearperfection…” –BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE Alexander Pavlovsky, violin | Sergei Bresler, violin | Ori Kam, viola | Kyril Zlontikov, cello TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 19 THURSDAY MARCH 27 11 AM–5 PM SWING CENTRAL JAZZ BIG BAND SHOWCASE Rousakis Plaza on River Street FREE 12:30 PM CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT Charles H. Morris Center $20 Approx. 65 mins 4–6:30 PM SWING CENTRAL JAZZ COMBO SHOWCASE Reynolds Square FREE 6 PM DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS WITH MICHAEL SCHADE, PROGRAM I Trinity United Methodist Church $45 Approx. 110 mins 6 & 9 PM CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO/CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT Charles H. Morris Center $35 Approx. 120 mins 7:30 PM TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 20 CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT A special lunchtime performance by jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant (top), joined by pianist Aaron Diehl, bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Rodney Green. The marvelous 24-year-old singer, winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition, possesses a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise and a sublime feel for the blues. Her excellent trio, led by pianist Aaron Diehl, helps her spin songs into a brilliant sonic tapestry. DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS WITH MICHAEL SCHADE, PROGRAM I Vaughan Williams Four Sacred Songs Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60 Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge Beethoven Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 16 Wienerlieder arrangements: Im Prater, Mei Muatterl, Wien Wien nur Du Allein, Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, Freunde das Leben ist Lebenswert, Ringelspiel Hailed as one of the world’s leading tenors, German-Canadian tenor Michael Schade (left) has performed throughout the world’s leading opera and concert houses. He has been a regular guest of the Salzburg Festival for many years, performing with major orchestras across North America and Europe excelling as a recitalist. Lorenza Borrani, violin | Daniel Hope, violin | Benny Kim, violin | Carla Maria Rodrigues, viola | Eric Kim, cello | Keith Robinson, cello | Joseph Conyers, bass | Sebastian Knauer, piano | Simon CrawfordPhillips, piano | Michael Schade, tenor ONLY-IN-SAVANNAH DOUBLE-BILL! CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO/CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT This incredible double bill pairs the Christian McBride Trio with Cécile McLorin Salvant and her trio. Mr. McBride is an extraordinary bassist whose trio with pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., plays music rooted in the simplicity of storytelling through bluesy, straight-ahead jazz. Their elegant approach pays utmost respect to the history of the music. “If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three—Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald—it is this 23-year-old virtuoso. Ms. Salvant has it all. ” RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER/ SIERRA HULL & HIGHWAY 111 Lucas Theatre for the Arts $65 (gold), 55, 45, 35, 25 Approx. 125 mins — THE NEW YORK TIMES RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER/ SIERRA HULL & HIGHWAY 111 There are few tenors in the history of bluegrass music whose abilities and oeuvre can be compared to those of Ricky Skaggs, who by age 21 was already a “recognized master” of one of America’s most demanding art forms. Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and this 14time GRAMMY Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. He counts the current configuration of his band, Kentucky Thunder, among the best group of musicians he has ever worked with, stating “each and every one of the pickers in Kentucky Thunder totally amazes me in every show...and that, to me, outweighs any award we could ever win.” Bluegrass phenoms Sierra Hull & Highway 111 open this show. At 22 years of age, Tennessee-born mandolinist Sierra Hull is already enjoying a prolific career. Her debut album was released when she was just 16 years old. She has since continued to grow into her abilities, including studying at the Berklee College of Music under the Presidential Scholarship (the first bluegrass musician to ever receive the award). TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 21 FRIDAY MARCH 28 9 AM–3 PM SWING CENTRAL JAZZ COMPETITION Lucas Theatre for the Arts FREE 12:30 PM CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO Charles H. Morris Center $20 Approx. 65 mins 4–6:30 PM SWING CENTRAL JAZZ COMBO SHOWCASE Reynolds Square FREE 6 PM DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS WITH MICHAEL SCHADE, PROGRAM II Trinity United Methodist Church $45 Approx. 105 mins 7 PM KIND OF BLUE: MILES, TRANE & CANNONBALL/ SWING CENTRAL JAZZ FINALE Lucas Theatre for the Arts $62 (gold), 52, 42, 32, 22 Approx. 130 mins 8 PM TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 22 CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO This is an exclusive lunchtime performance by the Christian McBride Trio (top left), featuring Christian Sands on piano and Ulysses Owens, Jr. on drums. See page 20 for more information. KIND OF BLUE: MILES, TRANE & CANNONBALL/ SWING CENTRAL JAZZ FINALE Following performances by the top three finalist bands from our Swing Central Jazz competition, SMF’s annual jazz concert will be a special evening devoted to the classic collaborations of Miles Davis (top right), John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley. Jason Marsalis will serve as musical director of this program featuring Marcus Roberts, Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Rodney Whitaker, Etienne Charles, Stephen Riley and several other outstanding musicians. LATE NIGHT JAM WITH CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO & FRIENDS If you were there last year, then you know that following the Swing Central Jazz finale, the jazz party continues with SMF’s late night jam session and some red hot swing. This 2nd annual edition features Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon, Christian Sands, Terell Stafford, Ulysses Owens, Jr. and a variety of special guests. VINCE GILL Johnny Mercer Theatre $75 (gold), 62, 52, 42, 35 Approx. 90 mins 10 PM DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS WITH MICHAEL SCHADE, PROGRAM II Vaughan Williams Selections from Along the Field Beethoven String Quartet No. 4 Op. 18 Schubert A selection of Lieder Strauss Morgen Op. 27 Schubert String Quartet No. 14, D 810 (“Death and the Maiden”) This is the second chamber music performance featuring the world renowned German-Canadian tenor Michael Schade. Lorenza Borrani, violin | Daniel Hope, violin | Benny Kim, violin | Carla Maria Rodrigues, viola | Eric Kim, cello | Keith Robinson, cello | Sebastian Knauer, piano | Michael Schade, tenor LATE NIGHT JAM WITH CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO & FRIENDS Charles H. Morris Center $30 | $20 with SCJ finale ticket Approx. 130 mins VINCE GILL Country music star Vince Gill is quite simply a living prism refracting all that is good in country music. His songwriting, playing and singing provide a musical rainbow that embraces all men and spans all seasons. Gill has sold more than 26 million albums, earned 18 Country Music Association Awards, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, has received 20 GRAMMY Awards to date (the most of any male Country artist) and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Savannah audiences can expect country music from the heart at Gillâ€™s SMF debut. TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 23 SATURDAY MARCH 29 12:30 PM GIBSON BROTHERS/ LONESOME RIVER BAND Ships of the Sea North Garden $25 Approx. 120 mins 3 PM PIANO SHOWDOWN FEAT. CHRISTIAN SANDS, MARCUS ROBERTS, AARON DIEHL AND CYRUS CHESTNUT Trustees Theater $55, 45, 35, 25 Approx. 120 mins 6 PM BENJAMIN HOCHMAN, PIANO Trinity United Methodist Church $45 Approx. 105 mins 7 PM GIBSON BROTHERS/ LONESOME RIVER BAND Ships of the Sea North Garden $40 Approx. 120 mins 8 PM GIBSON BROTHERS/ LONESOME RIVER BAND Afternoon or evening—take your pick for this outstanding double bill featuring world-class bluegrass. The celebrated Gibson Brothers (below) won “Entertainer of the Year” at the 2012 and 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA). Originally from upstate New York, Eric and Leigh Gibson’s lauded sibling harmonies are backed up by traditional bluegrass picking that evokes the power of Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys. Lonesome River Band just celebrated their 30th TAJ MAHAL TRIO/ JOHN SIMON Lucas Theatre the Arts $65 (gold), 55, 45, 35, 25 Approx. 130 mins anniversary with three 2012 album releases. Their long career is filled with a multitude of awards and recognitions including their 2012 IBMA Award for “Instrumental Recorded Event of the Year.” BENJAMIN HOCHMAN, PIANO Janáček In the Mists Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 Brahms Variations on a theme by Handel, Op. 24 Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011, Israeli-born pianist Benjamin Hochman (top right) made his successful New York recital debut in 2006 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He subsequently established a venerated musical presence in New York City through concerts with the New York Philharmonic, his Carnegie Hall debut with the Israel Philharmonic and a succession of prominent recital and chamber performances at the 92nd Street Y. In September 2012, he made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl, and he now brings his passionate interpretive skills to Savannah for this exquisite program. TAJ MAHAL TRIO/ JOHN SIMON Pianist and composer John Simon opens this evening with songs and tales of his life in the pop music scene of the 60s. Simon produced recordings by The Band, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel and Blood Sweat & Tears. He is also a unique songwriter. Born in Harlem in the early 40s, blues musician Taj Mahal (top left) is the child of a gospel singing schoolteacher from South Carolina and a Caribbean-American jazz pianist. Throughout Taj Mahal’s career, his heritage and Harlem upbringing have influenced his unique take on the blues. The 72-year-old GRAMMY-winning guitarist/singer makes his highly anticipated SMF debut. TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 24 JAZZ MATINÉE PIANO SHOWDOWN FEAT. CHRISTIAN SANDS, MARCUS ROBERTS, AARON DIEHL AND CYRUS CHESTNUT A favorite event of SMF patrons, Piano Showdown features a pair of 9-foot Steinways and four jazz pianists with expansive repertoires and a spontaneous approach to the music. This year’s program brings together SMF Associate Artistic Director Marcus Roberts and festival favorite Aaron Diehl (pictured together) alongside the soulful Cyrus Chestnut (top insert) and the 24-year-old Christian Sands. Raised playing piano in their respective churches, both Mr. Chestnut and Mr. Roberts employ the power of gospel music in tandem with an elegant jazz sensibility that only comes by having been around 50 years. Mr. Diehl and Mr. Sands are jazz wunderkinds proving that the jazz tradition remains alive and well. Don’t miss this exciting program featuring solos, duets and piano eight hands! TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 25 SUNDAY MARCH 30 3 PM BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN Lucas Theatre for the Arts $60 (gold), 52, 42, 32, 22 Approx. 105 mins 6 PM DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS: ENGLISH MASTERPIECES Trinity United Methodist Church $45 Approx. 105 mins BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN SMF favorites Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (above) have each brought original projects to the festival throughout the years, but this is their first performance to embrace the intricate art of the duet. Though they have played as a duo since they first met, trying impromptu duets at picking parties, doing a few tunes at benefits and occasional radio shows together, they never took their act on the road until now. With the birth of their little boy Juno and deciding that the best way to stay together more would be to play together more, Fleck and Washburn began developing their duo as a real touring act, employing the relatively rare three-finger and clawhammer banjo duet to create boundless and beautiful music. DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS: ENGLISH MASTERPIECES Vaughan Williams Piano Quintet in C minor Bridge Selections from Miniatures, H. 87–89 Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84 After the first world war, Sir Edward Elgar was in his last productive period as a composer when he turned his attention almost exclusively to chamber music, creating his magnificent Piano Quintet while basking in the comforting glow of romanticism. Vaughan Williams, because of his deep assimilation of folk songs of the British Isles and his appreciation for the modalities heard in ancient British music, wrote numerous works distinguished by their “Englishness,” including his famed Piano Quintet. Rounding out the program are selections from Miniatures by Frank Bridge. Lorenza Borrani, violin | Daniel Hope, violin | Benny Kim, violin | Carla Maria Rodrigues, viola | Eric Kim, cello | Joseph Conyers, bass | Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano | Sebastian Knauer, piano TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 26 MONDAY MARCH 31 SOUND DIALOGUE SERIES 10:45 AM CONVERSATION WITH BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn lead an open master class for students in the 2014 Acoustic Music Seminar. Charles H. Morris Center FREE 12:30 PM THE CASEY DRIESSEN SINGULARITY Charles H. Morris Center $20 Approx. 65 mins 7 PM THE CASEY DRIESSEN SINGULARITY As tough as it might be to categorize the music created by Casey Driessen (below) and his magic fiddle, it’s welcoming and familiar while sounding like nothing you’ve ever heard before. You might call him the heir to Vassar Clements in that he straddles the line between roots and jazz. But if you’ve ever seen Driessen perform solo, you’ve experienced his limitless energy and spontaneity, as he mixes his signature percussive fiddle style with digital loops and effects, building each piece layer by layer in real time in front of the audience. Though he has toured with artists such as Béla Fleck, Steve Earle, Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott, The Sparrow Quartet and the Jerry Douglas Band, he has built a following with a unique solo program that is indeed singular and like no other. U.S. PREMIERE! THE GIVEN NOTE FEAT. DANIEL HOPE, JULIAN LAGE, MIKE BLOCK, JOSE FRANCH-BALLESTER & RODNEY JORDAN David Bruce The Given Note SMF co-commission with Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (DE) Mr. Bruce understands to be a meditation on the unfathomable origins of all music, all art and all inspiration. This one time gathering of extraordinary players includes the Savannah debuts of cellist Mike Block (best known for his work in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble) and Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester (top), whose original talents will be showcased throughout the program in other pieces. Guaranteed to be an original night of music! Daniel Hope, violin | Julian Lage, guitar | Mike Block, cello | Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet | Rodney Jordan, bass THE GIVEN NOTE: DANIEL HOPE, JULIAN LAGE, MIKE BLOCK, JOSE FRANCH-BALLESTER & RODNEY JORDAN Charles H. Morris Center $40 Approx. 105 mins TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org The centerpiece of this concert features the U.S. premiere of “The Given Note,” a work by David Bruce co-commissioned by SMF with Festspiele MecklenburgVorpommern in Germany. Inspired by a story about the traditional Irish folk song “Port na bPúcaí,” the work also derives its name from a poem by renowned Irish poet Seamus Heaney, which box office 912.525.5050 27 TUESDAY APRIL 1 12:30 PM FRANK VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO Charles H. Morris Center $20 Approx. 65 mins 6 & 8:30 PM GUITAR HEAVEN: JULIAN LAGE & CHRIS ELDRIDGE/ FRANK VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO Charles H. Morris Center $35 Approx. 105 mins 6 PM AVI AVITAL, MANDOLIN FEAT. DOVER QUARTET Temple Mickve Israel $45 Approx. 110 mins FRANK VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO This lunchtime concert with two modern masters of the six-string guitar shows why Frank Vignola (below right) is the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Mark O’Connor, the Boston Pops and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola in his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for The Wall Street Journal. His duo partner is the young luminary Vinny Raniolo (below left), who has performed with artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Trischka and Ken Peplowski. This duo’s display of virtuosity and melodic magic in performances of American classics is highly original. ONLY-IN-SAVANNAH DOUBLE BILL! GUITAR HEAVEN: JULIAN LAGE & CHRIS ELDRIDGE/ FRANK VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO Four virtuoso guitarists with diverse backgrounds share this only-in-Savannah double bill. Though they will perform in separate duos, both Julian Lage (top right) and Frank Vignola have held the guitar post in Mark O’Connor’s “Hot Swing” Trio at different times—and each put their stamp on the music. Julian Lage is joined by Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge (top left) for the Savannah debut of their new acoustic duo project. The majesty of the acoustic dreadnought guitar is uplifted by this collaboration, with each player equally keyed into the instrument’s sustain, dynamic range and depth of tone. The other half of the performance is a set of music performed by Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo. TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 28 AVI AVITAL, MANDOLIN FEAT. DOVER QUARTET Avi Avital Kedma J.S. Bach Partita in D minor, BWV 1004 Ernest Bloch Nigun from Baal-Shem, arranged for mandolin solo David Bruce Cymbeline Sulkhan Tsintsadze Six Miniatures arranged for mandolin and string quartet Recognized by The New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility,” mandolinist Avi Avital is also an entrepreneurial young musician. He is deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and exciting new repertoire. The remarkably talented Dover Quartet swept the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, winning the Grand Prize as well as all three Special Prizes. Their performances at SMF 2013 were something of a discovery for Savannah listeners, prompting the return of the quartet in 2014 for a variety of concerts. Avi Avital, mandolin | Dover Quartet: Joel Link, violin | Bryan Lee, violin | Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola | Camden Shaw, cello TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 29 WEDNESDAY APRIL 2 12:30 PM BECCA STEVENS BAND Charles H. Morris Center $20 Approx. 65 mins 6 PM PHILIP DUKES WITH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA FEAT. MICHAEL TREE Trinity United Methodist Church $45 Approx. 110 mins 6 & 8:30 PM NOAM PIKELNY BAND/ BECCA STEVENS BAND Charles H. Morris Center $35 Approx. 110 mins BECCA STEVENS BAND The daughter of musicians, North Carolina bred, NYC-based singer/ guitarist Becca Stevens (top) has already received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, who described her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Since receiving a BFA with high honors in vocal jazz and composition from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, Stevens has created music offering a beguiling blend of head and heart that resists easy categorization, drawing upon elements of pop, jazz or folk without limiting itself to the rules of any particular genre. Her closely-knit band includes Liam Robinson (accordion and keyboards), Chris Tordini (bass) and Jordan Perlson (drums), who complement Stevens’ expressive work on guitar, ukulele and charango. PHILIP DUKES WITH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA FEAT. MICHAEL TREE Telemann Viola Concerto in G Major Bridge Lament for Two Violas Elgar The Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 Hindemith Trauermusik J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051 Grieg Holberg Suite, Op. 40 With an exciting assembly of musicians ranging from their young 20s to their late 70s, revered violist Philip Dukes marks his tenth year at SMF with his first musical director role. Mr. Dukes is Professor of Viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Artistic Director at Marlborough College and Visiting Professor at McGill University, Montreal. He was unanimously elected a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in recognition of his success as an international viola soloist. Mr. Dukes wanted his former teacher, internationally acclaimed violist Michael Tree, to be a featured guest in this program showcasing some of his favorite works, performed by a small chamber orchestra including the members of the Dover Quartet (left). Daniel Hope, violin | Benny Kim, violin | Joel Link, violin | Bryan Lee, violin | Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola | Carla Maria Rodrigues, viola | Michael Tree, viola | Keith Robinson, cello | Camden Shaw, cello | Joseph Conyers, bass | Avi Stein, harpsichord TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 30 ONLY-IN-SAVANNAH DOUBLE BILL! NOAM PIKELNY BAND/ BECCA STEVENS BAND Another only-in-Savannah double bill showcases banjoist/ composer Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon) and his outstanding band including guitarist Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla on fiddle, Jesse Cobb on mandolin and bassist Barry Bales. Pikelny’s music propels bluegrass music forward with a grounded yet innovative approach that has earned him a GRAMMY nomination and the first Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Bluegrass Banjo. The New Yorker describes Noam Pikelny as “wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative.” The other half of this program features the Becca Stevens Band (see opposite page for description). TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 31 THURSDAY APRIL 3 11 AM DOVER QUARTET WITH MICHAEL TREE & PHILIP DUKES Trinity United Methodist Church $25 Approx. 80 mins 12:30 PM LAU Charles H. Morris Center $20 Approx. 65 mins 6 & 8:30 PM WHEN THE SCOTS MET THE IRISH: LAU/KEVIN CRAWFORD, JOHN DOYLE, CILLIAN VALLELY & DUNCAN WICKEL Charles H. Morris Center $35 Approx. 90 mins 8 PM ROBERT CRAY BAND Lucas Theatre for the Arts $65 (gold), 55, 45, 35, 25 Approx. 90 mins WORLD PREMIERE! DOVER QUARTET WITH MICHAEL TREE & PHILIP DUKES Mendelssohn Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 87 Charlotte Bray The Sun was Chasing Venus Commissioned by SMF Mendelssohn’s B-flat Quintet and the Brahms F Major Quintet. The quartet will also be joined by violist Daniel Lee for the premiere of the SMF commissioned work, “The Sun Was Chasing Venus,” by British composer Charlotte Bray. Daniel Lee, viola | Philip Dukes, viola | Michael Tree, viola | Dover Quartet: Joel Link, violin | Bryan Lee, violin | Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola | Camden Shaw, cello ONLY-IN-SAVANNAH DOUBLE BILL! WHEN THE SCOTS MET THE IRISH: LAU/ KEVIN CRAWFORD, JOHN DOYLE, CILLIAN VALLELY & DUNCAN WICKEL This unique production highlights the foundational similarities and instrumental command of Scottish and Irish music. Representing the Scots are Lau, who will share a double bill with a quartet of Irish players assembled for this occasion. Two members from the Irish supergroup Lúnasa, flute player Kevin Crawford (below right) and Uilleann piper/low whistle player Cillian Vallely (below left), will join renowned Irish guitarist John Doyle, one of the genre’s leading guitar players. These three are joined by fiddle player Duncan Wickel, a participant in SMF’s 2012 Acoustic Music Seminar who is now sought after for his proficiency with an array of musical styles including Irish tunes, jigs and reels. TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 32 Brahms String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88 The Dover Quartet teams up for a second program with violists Philip Dukes and Michael Tree, featuring two of the greatest works in the string quintet idiom, LAU Brilliant musicians and thrilling performers, it is no small wonder that the Scottish trio Lau (top) is at the center of the new folk boom in the U.K. Master fiddler Aidan O’Rourke hails from Oban, accordion innovator Martin Green comes from East Anglia, England, while Kris Drever is the guitarist/ singer/songwriter from Orkney. SMF is importing the criticallyacclaimed group for a rare U.S. appearance so that festival goers can experience their refreshed approach to contemporary music, arrangements that constantly leap and dip in unexpected contours, and intriguing sounds that could have only originated from Scottish culture. ROBERT CRAY BAND With five GRAMMY Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales and sold out performances around the world, Georgia-born blues icon Robert Cray is one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. Crayâ€™s distinct razor sharp guitar playing has introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues. He has recorded 15 Billboard charting studio albums and written or performed with Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker and Albert Collins. Recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the age of 57, he is one of the youngest people to receive the prestigious honor. This is his long awaited SMF debut! TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 33 FRIDAY APRIL 4 12:30 PM KEVIN CRAWFORD, JOHN DOYLE, CILLIAN VALLELY & DUNCAN WICKEL Charles H. Morris Center $20 Approx. 65 mins 6 PM DESTINATION AMERICA: CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER FEAT. DAVID FINCKEL, WU HAN, DANIEL HOPE, GLORIA CHIEN, ROMIE DE GUISE-LANGLOIS, YURA LEE, PAUL NEUBAUER Lucas Theatre for the Arts $55 (gold), 45 Approx. 110 mins 5 & 8 PM FATOUMATA DIAWARA/ BOMBINO Ships of the Sea North Garden $35 Approx. 120 mins KEVIN CRAWFORD, JOHN DOYLE, CILLIAN VALLELY & DUNCAN WICKEL A special lunchtime performance by Irish flute player Kevin Crawford, Uilleann piper/low whistle player Cillian Vallely, renowned Irish music guitarist John Doyle (below) and fiddler Duncan Wickel. See page 32 for more information. DESTINATION AMERICA: CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER FEAT. DAVID FINCKEL, WU HAN, DANIEL HOPE, GLORIA CHIEN, ROMIE DE GUISE-LANGLOIS, YURA LEE, PAUL NEUBAUER Bartók Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, SZ 111, BB 116 Ives Largo for Clarinet, Violin and Piano Prokofiev Sonata in D Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 94a Korngold Quintet in E Major for Piano, Two Violins, Viola and Cello, Op. 15 Though Co-Artistic Directors Wu Han and David Finckel (top) appear at SMF annually, this event marks the Savannah debut of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As the nation’s premier repertory company for chamber music, the Chamber Music Society is committed to bringing audiences the finest performances of an extraordinary repertoire, dating as far back as the Renaissance and continuing through the centuries to the finest works of our time. This program was especially arranged for performances in Savannah and New York City. Daniel Hope, violin | Yura Lee, violin | Paul Neubauer, viola | David Finckel, cello | Wu Han, piano | Gloria Chien, piano | Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 34 ONLY-IN-SAVANNAH DOUBLE BILL! FATOUMATA DIAWARA/ BOMBINO This unique double bill offers a rare opportunity to see two of the hottest emerging artists in the world music scene today. Malian singer and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara spins elements of jazz and funk into an exquisitely spare, yet sensual folk-rock, inflecting it with the rhythms and melodies of Wassoulou, her ancestral song form. Likened to her mentor, Oumou Sangaré, Diawara has been hailed as the next female African songwriter of significance, one who “combines social conscience with effortless melodic charm” (Financial Times). Omara “Bombino” Moctar (top insert) is a Tuareg guitarist/singer whose recent Nonesuch release was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. His raw, dialed-up jams are rooted in the electric blues tradition of his nomadic people. Hailing from Niger, Bombino has an infectious and wholly original sound, with a sense of wisdom and ability to connect with those around him. “A perfect match of sound and soul… a new guitar hero.” —ROLLING STONE TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 35 SATURDAY APRIL 5 12:30 PM TIM O’BRIEN & DARRELL SCOTT Ships of the Sea North Garden $20 Approx. 80 mins 3 PM AN AFTERNOON WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS Trustees Theater $55, 45, 35, 25 Approx. 90 mins 7 PM AMS FINALE: STRINGBAND SPECTACULAR FEAT. MIKE MARSHALL, JULIAN LAGE, TIM O’BRIEN & DARRELL SCOTT Lucas Theatre for the Arts $45 (gold), 35, 25, 15 Approx. 110 mins 8 & 10:30 PM CLOSING NIGHT DANCE PARTY: RED BARAAT Charles H. Morris Center $30 Approx. 70 mins TIM O’BRIEN & DARRELL SCOTT Two of the most revered musicians in Americana music, Darrell Scott (below left) and Tim O’Brien (below right) met 15 years ago when they began playing, recording and touring together. Their new recording comprises five originals by each of them, along with a pair of classics from Hank Williams and George Jones and a spirited rendition of the John Prine classic, “Paradise.” Says Scott, “Our strength is playing in the moment, so if you record with us across from each other, leaking into each other’s mics, there’s an immediacy to it that translates to the listener.” Touring together again after an eight-year hiatus, O’Brien brings his mandolin, fiddle, guitar playing and acclaimed tenor voice back, to be complemented by Darrell Scott’s guitar, banjo and gritty baritone. CLOSING NIGHT DANCE PARTY: RED BARAAT A party band whose live energy is hard to match, Red Baraat (top) is a brassy big band, whose classic funk and bhangra blend is nearly impossible to resist. Brass band instrumentation, which made its way into India on the trail of British colonialism, is an important part of Northern Indian culture, and contributes to the traditional wedding celebration. They play during the baraat, the ceremony in which the groom travels to the bride’s house, accompanied by his family, in one big, colorful, noisy procession. Thus, the joyful, celebratory nature of Red Baraat’s music is well-rooted in tradition. Red Baraat however, has a distinctly North American sound, with an attitude that brings to mind New Orleans’ finest brass and funk bands, and an urban aesthetic that is club-ready and far from folkloric. This will be a great way to close out SMF 2014! TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 36 AMS FINALE: STRINGBAND SPECTACULAR FEAT. MIKE MARSHALL, JULIAN LAGE, TIM O’BRIEN & DARRELL SCOTT After a week of collaborations and instruction by some of the world’s finest acoustic musicians, the 16 participants of the 2014 Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS) present their latest compositions in an original program. This 3rd annual “Stringband Spectacular” will feature performances by Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott, and accompaniment by AMS Associate Director Mike Marshall and lead clinician Julian Lage. This momentous event is the culmination of a week of hard work and is unquestionably one of the highlights of SMF! AN AFTERNOON WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS Three-time GRAMMY award winner Branford Marsalis is the oldest son of jazz music’s most famous family and among the most original jazz artists working today. The saxophonist cut his teeth with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton’s quintet, before forming his influential Branford Marsalis Quartet, which includes pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and 20-year-old drumming prodigy Justin Faulkner. Assertive, precise and expressive, the rigor and historical depth of Marsalis’ music is unparalleled. In this SMF debut, the superb quartet plays a matinée show of refreshed standards and classic originals, led by a trustworthy arbiter of jazz. TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 37 M U S I C ED U CATI ON P ROGRA M S 2013/14 RESIDENCIES PROJECT 440 “THE FISH WHO COULD WISH” Savannah natives Joseph Conyers and Blake Espy return to Savannah for a program teaching children about music fundamentals and the important lesson of being true to oneself. ROGER DAY “MARSH MUD MADNESS” Award-winning children’s performer Roger Day teaches children about the coastal ecosystem through fun and interactive songs. MUSIC FOR OUR SCHOOLS SPONSORED BY GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. Music education remains a cornerstone of SMF’s mission. If you are a teacher (in any subject) committed to creative teaching, join us! “ My students are still talking about the program!” — PEGGY ANDERSON, DIAMOND ELEMENTARY AT FORT STEWART SMF produces stage shows and in-school residencies for children grades Pre-K through 12. New this season, we are offering career development opportunities for high school musicians and training sessions and professional development credit for teachers. Best of all, all of our programs are absolutely free. To learn more, contact Jenny Woodruff, SMF Education Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912-234-3378. From master classes to dynamic stage shows to in-classroom performances, SMF delivers exceptional learning opportunities to more than 12,000 area students annually! TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org box office 912.525.5050 38 2014 IN-THEATRE ARTISTS • CASEY DRIESSEN • THE CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO • STUDENTS OF THE ACOUSTIC MUSIC SEMINAR To learn more, contact Jenny Woodruff, SMF Education Director, at jenny@ savannahmusicfestival.org or 912-234-3378. FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCES THURSDAY, MARCH 27 11 AM–5 PM ROUSAKIS PLAZA BIG BAND SHOWCASE SWING CENTRAL JAZZ MARCH 26–28, 2014 “ This is the finest jazz festival my ensembles have ever attended.” — JOHN MOSLEY, AGOURA HILLS, CA In this unique workshop and competition, twelve high school bands from across the country spend three days immersed in the world of swing and big band jazz. More than 300 high school students learn about improvisation, instrumental techniques and big band repertoire from some of America’s finest jazz performers and educators. Led by pianist/ composer/educator and SMF Associate Artistic Director Marcus Roberts, this year’s clinicians include Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon and Aaron Diehl. Prizes are awarded to the top three finalists at the Swing Central Finale on Friday, March 28 at the Lucas Theatre (see page 22). 4 PM–6:30 PM REYNOLDS SQUARE COMBO SHOWCASE FRIDAY, MARCH 28 9 AM–3 PM LUCAS THEATRE FOR THE ARTS SWING CENTRAL JAZZ COMPETITION 4 PM–6:30 PM REYNOLDS SQUARE COMBO SHOWCASE TICKETS & INFO savannahmusicfestival.org ACOUSTIC MUSIC SEMINAR MARCH 30–APRIL 5, 2014 “ A year’s worth of experience in just one week!” — DAVID BENEDICT, 20, CLEMSON, SC Sixteen of the world’s most talented young string players, all under the age of 22, travel to Savannah for a week of hands-on instruction and performances during this groundbreaking mentorship program, led by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Mike Marshall. Selected from a competitive pool of more than 100 pre-professional young musicians, this year’s AMS students will learn from clinicians Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Julian Lage, Avi Avital, Casey Driessen and many others. The program concludes with Stringband Spectacular at Lucas Theatre for the Arts on April 5 (see page 36). AMS students perform their own compositions and arrangements alongside Mike Marshall, Julian Lage and special guests Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott. “ There is no other musical experience like AMS.” — STERLING ABERNATHY, 19 NASHVILLE, TN box office 912.525.5050 39 S U P P ORT U S JOIN US IN PRESENTING A WORLD OF MUSIC To our dedicated donors whose goodwill and commitment make all of this possible —THANK YOU! Your gift to Savannah Music Festival (SMF) supports a proven organization that educates the musicians and music lovers of tomorrow and significantly impacts Savannah’s economic development and cultural vitality. 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With flexible seating to accommodate dance parties, concerts and cabaret, this space also boasts on-site parking, craft beer, wine and beverage service and adjoining areas suitable for preand post-concert corporate/private rentals. The North Garden Pavilion will be the home of concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. This indoor/outdoor space is the perfect setting for many productions. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages are available at this venue, as is an adjoining area for pre- and postconcert corporate/private rentals. Limited parking is available. 2 JOHNNY MERCER THEATRE 301 West Oglethorpe Avenue 7 TEMPLE MICKVE ISRAEL 20 East Gordon Street The Johnny Mercer Theatre at the Savannah Civic Center holds just over 2,500 patrons, making it SMF’s home for popular touring acts. Over the years, we have produced shows there with the ASO, Wilco, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Avett Brothers and Band of Horses, among many others. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages are served in the lobby. Located on Monterey Square, Temple Mickve Israel opened in 1878 as a home for Georgia’s oldest synagogue. The Gothic Revival building seats 300 people, and hosts a 2014 performance featuring Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital and special guests the Dover Quartet. LUCAS THEATRE FOR THE ARTS 3 32 Abercorn Street TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 8 127 Barnard Street Renovated and reopened in December of 2000, the Lucas Theatre is one of SMF’s primary performance halls with seating for over 1,200 patrons and concessions in the lobby (including beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages). The stage lends itself to many of the performing arts, including dance, orchestral music and jazz, country and pop concerts. Located on Telfair Square, the Trinity United Methodist Church is one of SMF’s primary venues for classical music. With a wonderful acoustic, plentiful sight lines and a simple, elegant interior, this historic place of worship opened its doors in 1850. REYNOLDS SQUARE 4 Abercorn Street at Congress & Bryan Streets 9 TRUSTEES THEATER 216 East Broughton Street Located right next to the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, beautiful, live oakshaded Reynolds Square provides the perfect location for Swing Central Jazz’s Combo Showcase, a free open-air presentation featuring small breakout combos from Swing Central Jazz participants and program clinicians. Recently renovated, SCAD’s Trustees Theater is one of SMF’s primary performance halls, seating over 1,100 patrons. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks can be purchased in the lobby. The Savannah Box Office, located outside of the Trustees Theater, acts as the primary box office for SMF ticket purchases, and is open Monday–Friday from 10 am–5 pm. ROUSAKIS PLAZA 5 East River Street at Drayton Street UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH 10 311 East Harris Street Rousakis Plaza is located on Savannah’s breezy, cobblestone-lined River Street. The covered stage hosts Swing Central Jazz’s Big Band Showcase, free open-air performances by the twelve high school big bands participating in the Swing Central Jazz competition. Located on beautiful Troup Square, the intimate and historic Unitarian Universalist Church was home to SMF’s “Music at 11” chamber music series in 2011. The sanctuary of this church seats about 175 people. 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A preferred hotel partner of stayinsavannah.com—creating memorable experiences at affordable prices. 5 PRESIDENTS’ QUARTERS INN 225 East President Street on Oglethorpe Square Savannah, GA 31401 800.233.1776 www.presidentsquarters.com Twitter: @pqinnsavannahga The Planters Inn on Reynolds Square, in the heart of Savannah’s historic district, is a 200-year-old original boutique hotel offering a thoroughly modern hotel experience, with a wide range of extra features and upscale amenities. The Planters Inn is among the most popular Savannah hotels; and is the perfect choice for your next vacation, weekend getaway or Savannah Music Festival lodging needs. The brand new SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel is an ALL suites hotel located in the heart of downtown, offering free hot breakfast buffet. A preferred hotel partner of stayinsavannah.com— creating memorable experiences at affordable prices. 7 STAYBRIDGE SUITES 301 East Bay Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.721.9000 ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/sb/1/en/hotel/ savbl Presidents’ Quarters, voted BEST INN in Savannah the last five years, is just steps away from musical venues. Included in the rate are full breakfast, parking, wine & hors d’oeuvres and turndown. Conveniently located downtown in America’s largest National Landmark Historic District, Lucky Savannah’s selection of premier properties are within walking distance to Savannah Music Festival venues, city parks, museums, award-winning restaurants, boutique shopping and much more. Experience true Southern hospitality in your very own private, historic home. At Lucky Savannah, we understand the importance of providing a relaxed and hassle-free vacation for our guests. Go local and book the perfect Lucky Savannah home for your vacation today. Use coupon code SMF when making your reservation for a 10% discount. Located in the heart of historic downtown Savannah, we offer amenities including: full hot breakfast, wireless internet, kitchens in all guest rooms, complimentary guest laundry, 24 hour fitness & business center and evening receptions. 9 STAY SAVANNAH VACATION RENTALS 106 West Gwinnett Street, Suite C Savannah, GA 31401 912.355.1116 or 888.919.0008 staysavannahvacationrentals.com The largest locally owned and operated vacation rental agency in Savannah, Georgia. Over 60 luxury vacation rental homes located in the historic district on our beautiful squares of Savannah. PHOTO CREDITS cover: 25th anniversary season illustration by Michael Schwab Inside cover and pg. 1: Abigail Washburn & Béla Fleck courtesy of Ted Kurland Associates pg. 3: Marc Broussard by Reid Rolls pg. 4: Eddie Palmieri courtesy of the artist pg. 6: Sebastian Knauer by Steven Haberland, Dani De Morón courtesy of the Foundation Cajasol pg. 7: Preservation Hall Jazz Band by Shannon Brinkman pg. 8: Aoife O’Donovan courtesy of the artist, The Lone Bellow courtesy of the artist pg. 9: Tomatito courtesy of Universal Music pg. 10: Lorenza Borrani by Frank Stewart, The Avett Brothers by Ayano Hisa pg. 11: Estrella Morente by Antonio Campos pg. 12: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra courtesy of ASO, Luther Dickinson by Brad Hodge pg. 13: Punch Brothers by Danny Clinch pg. 14: Daniel Hope by Harald Hoffmann, Fred Child and Daniel Hope by Frank Stewart pg. 15: Catherine Russell by Bruno Lestrade, Simon Crawford-Philips by Frank Stewart pg. 16: Asif Ali Khan by Cynthia Scriberras Tara Erraught by Christian Kaufmann pg. 17: Charenee Wade courtesy of the artist pg. 18: Eric Kim by Frank Stewart, Daniel Hope by Harald Hoffmann, Joseph Conyers by Frank Stewart pg. 19: Jerusalem Quartet by Felix Broede pg. 20: Cécile McLorin Salvant courtesy of the artist, Michael Schade by Michael Hoffmann pg. 21: Ricky Skaggs courtesy of the artist, Sierra Hull by Delman pg. 22: Christian McBride by Richard Termine, Terell Stafford by Ayano Hisa pg. 23: Vince Gill by Jim Wright pg. 24: Taj Mahal by C. Taylor Crothers, Benjamin Hochman by Juergen Frank, Gibson Brothers courtesy of the artist pg. 25: Aaron Diehl & Marcus Roberts by Ayano Hisa, Cyrus Chestnut courtesy of the artist pg. 26: Abigail Washburn & Béla Fleck courtesy of Ted Kurland Associates, Eric Kim & Joseph Conyers by Frank Stewart pg. 27: Jose Franch-Ballester courtesy of the artist, Casey Driessen by Frank Stewart pg. 28: Chris Eldridge & Julian Lage courtesy of Sean Packard, Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo courtesy of the artist pg. 29: Avi Avital by Uwe Arens pg. 30: Dover Quartet courtesy of the artist, Becca Stevens Band courtesy of the artist pg. 31: Noam Pikelny courtesy of the artist pg. 32: Lau by Dougie Coulter, Cillian Vallely & Kevin Crawford courtesy of the artists pg. 33: Robert Cray courtesy of WME Entertainment pg. 34: Wu Han & David Finckel by Frank Stewart, John Doyle by Keith Wright pg. 35: Fatoumata Diawara courtesy of the artist, Bombino courtesy of the artist pg. 36: Red Baraat by Erin Patrice O’Brien, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott courtesy of the artists pg. 37: Branford Marsalis by Maddie McGarvey pg. 38–42: all images by SMF photographers, Ayano Hisa and Frank Stewart unless mentioned otherwise. pg. 41: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra courtesy of ASO inside back cover: Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra by Frank Stewart back cover: Acoustic Music Seminar finale 2013 by Ayano Hisa ⊳ LATIN DANCE PARTY: EDDIE PALMIERI SALSA ORCHESTRA Charles H. Morris Center Saturday, March 22, 2014 See page 12 for more information SMF BOARD OF DIRECTORS Harold Yellin Chairman Ron Whitaker Vice Chairman Dave Neises Secretary Stephen Rabinowitz Treasurer Jennifer Abshire Christopher Cay Scott Center Bill Dickinson Bob Faircloth Immediate Past Chairman Don Gardner Marla Geffen Bert Hand Dayle Levy Joe Marinelli Dick Miller Henry Monsees Ben Oxnard David Paddison Thomas Reilly Barbara Ruddy Shelby Schavoir David Smith John Sobke David Solana Trip Tollison Andrew Wade Anne P. West Gail Wickes SMF ARTISTIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM Rob Gibson Executive & Artistic Director Daniel Hope Mr. & Mrs. Curtis G. Anderson Associate Artistic Director Chair Marcus Roberts Associate Artistic Director Mike Marshall Acoustic Music Seminar Associate Director Jane Levy Director of Artist Relations MARKETING & PRODUCTION Ryan McMaken Marketing & Managing Director Larissa Thut Davidson Marketing & Graphic Design Manager Halle Rubnitz Marketing & Patron Services Associate James Ty Cumbie Marketing & Brand Consultant FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES Sharon Peake-Jones Chief Financial Officer DEVELOPMENT Christine Beddia Development Director Sarah Dylla Development & Grants Associate Eric St. Jacques Development Associate EDUCATION Jenny Woodruff Education Director More than 300 dedicated volunteers contribute to the success of each annual Savannah Music Festival. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in 2014, please email email@example.com or call the SMF office at 912.234.3378. Thank you! DO YOU NEED TO UPDATE OR CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE SAVANNAH, GA PERMIT NO. 301 PAID 200 East Saint Julian Street Suite 601 Savannah, Georgia 31401 phone 912.234.3378 fax 912.236.1989 savannahmusicfestival.org The Kennickell Group is an official sponsor of the Savannah Music Festival DON’T MISS IT! ⊳ ACOUSTIC MUSIC SEMINAR FINALE FEAT. MIKE MARSHALL, JULIAN LAGE, TIM O’BRIEN AND DARRELL SCOTT Lucas Theatre for the Arts Saturday, April 5, 2014 See page 36 for more information