Staunton Music Festival has always had a mission to present a compelling mix of music from the past 600 years to show those works in new and interesting relations.  To further that goal, we developed "Perspectives", a series of short videos that will take you deeper inside the music we perform.  Videos will feature SMF performers, composers, and historians sharing their insights about the music, recollections about specific performances they have given at the festival, and broader historical context in which music is created.


Each "Perspective" video will include links to related content from our video archive, including full concert performances.  All videos are available for viewing at any time, so explore at your leisure!





PERSPECTIVE: Vivaldi's Four Seasons, from Venice to Helsinki

Noted music historian Tim Carter (UNC-Chapel Hill) provides a broad perspective from which to consider Vivaldi's ever-popular Four Seasons concertos. He is joined by Finnish violinists Minna Pensola and Antti Tikkanen, sharing impressions and recollections of their Four Seasons performances from SMF 2015.  Learn more.




PERSPECTIVE: Seeing City Lights Anew

In 2017 Staunton Music Festival staged a famous scene from Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, with music arranged by Zachary Wadsworth and mime by Happenstance Theater. In this Perspective, choreographer (and Chaplin double) Mark Jaster discusses how the project took shape, and video magic presents a split screen juxtaposition of the original silent film and the 2017 concert performance. Learn more.




** Special thanks to our video producer, Stewart Searle, for countless hours of creative work and devotion to SMF **






Carsten Schmidt and Jason Stell introduce the new Perspectives Video Series.






Acclaimed pianist Andrew Willis welcomes you to see and hear two of his own early keyboards: a Bösendorfer from 1841 and a Pleyel built in 1848.



Stefan Heucke, composer-in-residence during the 2018 Festival, and oboist Roger Roe talk about the structure and emotional meaning in Heucke's powerful Oboe Sonata.



Conductor James Wilson and piano soloist Lori Piitz reflect back on their collaborative performance of George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" Variations. 



From his home in New York City, clarinetist Ed Matthew talks about his collection of period clarinets, ranging from Baroque chalumeaux through the classical era to modern instruments. 







Like many arts organizations, Staunton Music Festival is facing severe reductions in revenue for the current season. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to support the Perspectives video series and the artists involved with SMF. Your support will make additional videos possible!








We are seeking lead sponsors for the Perspectives project as a whole and individual videos. If you are interested to learn more, contact us at 540-569-0267 or  Thanks!



Some 20 video Perspectives are already planned, including:

  • Vivaldi's "Summer" and "Winter" from Helsinki
  • Postcards from Friendly Faces
  • 400 Years of the Trumpet
  • Voices of Buenos Aires
  • Understanding the Riddle of Fugues
  • Bach's Chorale Portfolio, and many more