Savannah Music Festival, March 26-Apr. 11: Robert Spano, Beethoven and mandolins, “Masque of the Red Death”

Posted on: March 10, 2020

This year’s Savannah Music Festival will feature “an eclectic series of concerts featuring the sounds of classical, jazz, folk, traditional and international music” at eleven venues in Savannah, Georgia, writes Suzanne Van Atten in Sunday’s (3/8) Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “At Kehoe Iron Works, a restored foundry … ‘We’re doing a [chamber] concert… centered around Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death [featuring] performances of Andre Caplet’s Conte Fantastique for Harp and String Quartet, Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor and Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp,’ said Artistic Director Ryan McMaken.” Also planned is a program featuring eleven mandolinists in “music from pre-Holocaust Polish Jewish community mandolin orchestras.” Mandolinist Mike Marshall, the festival’s associate artistic director, “also performs with fellow mandolinist Caterina Lichtenberg in a program called ‘Beethoven and the Mandolin.’ ” Other events include Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano performing as pianist in a program with violinist Robert McDuffie; singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell and his electric band; Zakir Hussain, Kala Ramnath, and Jayanthi Kumaresh performing Indian classical music on violin, veena, and tabla; and singer/songwriter Aoife O’Donovan performing with bluegrass band Crooked Still and the Martin Hayes Quartet.