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From March 28 through April 13, 2019, the Savannah Music Festival (SMF) celebrates its landmark 30th season with a stellar lineup of concerts, recitals, dance parties and presentations, and family-friendly performances in nine venues across Savannah's Historic District. From its origins as Savannah On Stage, SMF has grown to become one of the nation's leading multi-disciplinary musical arts events, distinguished by its commitment to innovative programming and known for attracting top-flight artists and audiences from across the country and overseas.

The 30th festival season features many artists making their SMF debuts, new collaborations with area arts organizations, and original programs from Associate Artistic Directors (and SMF artists) violinist Daniel Hope, in a performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto with David Finckel and Wu Han of The Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In his 16th season as SMF Associate Artistic Director, Hope brings together world-class musicians from across North America and Europe for Daniel Hope & Friends, SMF's annual chamber music series. This year's lineup includes violinists Benny Kim and Simos Papanas, violists Paul Neubauer and CarlaMaria Rodrigues, cellists Eric Kim and Keith Robinson, bassist Joseph Conyers, and pianists Simon Crawford-Phillips and Sebastian Knauer. On the final day of the festival, Hope appears on a special presentation with his father, Christopher Hope, in a program titled "My Son the Fiddler" (April 13).

SMF brings together artists collaborating for the first time in their careers, with unique double bills that include John Medeski's Mad Skillet with Jon Cleary; Kat Edmonston with Pokey Lafarge; and others. SMF also welcomes back guitarist Charlie Hunter and his Trio, joined by vocalist Lucy Woodward (April 11).

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