Opinion: The appeal of the Savannah Music Festival, from Atlanta Symphony to jazz, chamber music, new works, more

Posted on: May 10, 2022

“The Savannah Music Festival takes place in one of the most picturesque cities in the American South,” writes William Littler in Saturday’s (5/7) Toronto Star (Canada). “There were eight venues this season throughout the downtown historic district … from an early 19th-century Methodist church to an outdoor plaza adjacent to the Savannah River and a converted iron foundry. And what makes it special, to my mind, is its range of programming…. Music goes on throughout the day…. A series of chamber music programs … threads its way through the 17 days, this year between March 24 and April 9, … including … members of London’s Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Wind Ensemble … pianists … Benjamin Grosvenor and Olga Kern … along with an annual visitor, … the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra…. The highlight of its program? Some might say Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Scheherazade,’ but how about a new mandolin concerto by … Jennifer Higdon, played by the Israeli virtuoso Avi Avital? … This was the 33rd season of the Savannah Music Festival…. Now a year-round enterprise, it sponsors a jazz academy for local students in grades 5 to 12 as well as a music education program titled Music Explorers for kindergarten to second-graders.”