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In prep for Savannah Music Festival, Daniel Hope Q&A's with DoSavannah

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Celebrated for his musical versatility as well as his dedication to humanitarian causes, Daniel Hope has been associate artistic director of the Savannah Music Festival since 2004, with his contract recently extended through the 2018 season.

Concerned with nature's eternal cycle of decline and renewal, Hope's latest album for Deutsche Grammophon explores the creative relationship between music, art and the ever-changing calendar. For Seasons includes the violinist's first recording of Vivaldi's evergreen collection of seasonal concertos together with a dozen companion works associated with the months of the year. His choice of repertoire reveals the imaginative scope unlocked when composers turn for inspiration to the seasons and evokes our strength of attachment to the landmarks of passing time. Vivaldi's The Four Seasons leads the way in a program that spans everything from venerable compositions by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Johann Melchior Molter and Johann Sebastian Bach to recent works by Aphex Twin, Nils Frahm, Chilly Gonzales and Max Richter.

Do Savannah caught up with this busy virtuoso as he prepares for the 2017 Savannah Music Festival to discuss Savannah, the mission of the SMF and why funding for the arts is so important to our youth.  READ THE Q&A