July 20, 2018 (Staunton, Va.) — With 30 concerts in 10 days, Staunton Music Festival’s breadth of musical programming is expansive and enthralling. SMF runs from August 10 to 19 and is dedicated to presenting an immersive classical music experience by creating audacious, inspiring, and adventurous productions that will delight music lovers of all ages.
Over 70 of the world’s most acclaimed chamber musicians are brought in for this exuberant 10-day festival, where musical risk-taking abounds.
What once started as a weekend of music among friends has since become one of the mid-Atlantic’s most innovative, daring, and accomplished chamber music gatherings. Now in its 21st year, the festival attracts thousands of classical music lovers from more than 20 states and several foreign countries. We're rethinking classical for the modern era.
Artists are engaged for their expertise in historic performance traditions, their commitment to newer repertoires, their professional qualifications, and their ability to collaborate with new partners in a demanding time schedule. This year’s musicians hail from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, and dozens of U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C., and all points in between.
Wondering what to expect this year?
The festival opens with the rarely-heard operatic masterpiece of Handel's Hercules (on historic instruments) and concludes with a full day of Mozart including the "Jupiter Symphony" and Requiem in D Minor. In between, you'll revel in traditional favorites from Bach, Beethoven, Monteverdi, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Vivaldi and be introduced to some thrilling contemporary pieces. As part of the festival's tradition of championing the work of new composers, SMF will debut new world premieres from Gabriela Frank, Stefan Heucke, and Zachary Wadsworth.
There are usually three performances each day during the festival, including one FREE concert each day at noon. Evening performance highlights include:
Day 1 - Hercules (Handel)
Day 2 - A Little Night Music (Mozart, Sondheim, Britten, Schoenburg, and more)
Day 3 - War and Piece (Haydn, Wadsworth, Monteverdi, Kagel, Tchaikovsky, and more)
Day 4 - I've Got Rythym (Gershwin, Frank, Strauss, Stravinsky, and more)
Day 5 - Early Keyboard Extravaganza (Bach, Couperin, Schumann, Buxtehude, and more)
Day 6 - Auspicious Beginnings (Wagner, Beethoven, Frank, and more)
Day 7 - Loss & Recovery (Bach, Schubert, Heucke)
Day 8 - Baroque Inside/Out (Bach, Vivaldi)
Day 9 - Saints & Sinners (Weill, Strauss, Mozart, Gesualdo, and more)
Day 10 - Sublime Mozart (Mozart)
Preconcert talks by noted scholars and performers are held before every ticketed performance. Tickets are available a la carte and via a festival "pass." If you are fortunate enough to stay for the entire festival, you’ll be exposed to literally hundreds of musical pieces that span 600 years and all classical music genres.
What: An immersive, European-style classical music festival
When: August 10-19, 2018
Where: Multiple venues, historic Staunton, Virginia
Tickets: Limited tickets may still be available at the door. Or visit the online box office to get started.
Under the visionary leadership of Artistic Director Carsten Schmidt and Executive Director Jason Stell, the Festival attracts distinguished musicians from around the world to perform in beautiful downtown Staunton, amidst the stunning the backdrop of Blue Ridge Mountains. For more information, visit stauntonmusicfestival.org.