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Meta4 Quartet Performs
October 17


Staunton proudly hosts "Virginia's world-class music festival" (Travel + Leisure), which brings more than 90 world-class musicians from around the world to the Blue Ridge Mountains to perform for ten consecutive days and nights of eclectic chamber, vocal, and symphonic music. All performances are held entirely in historic downtown Staunton — named one of the "best small towns in America" by Smithsonian.  ​


In addition to spring and fall concerts, SMF hosts the signature August chamber music festival, presenting two dozen eclectic programs of opera, symphony, and chamber music. From the Middle Ages to commissioned world premieres, Staunton Music Festival offers an exceptional destination classical music event.

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Meta4 String Quartet
Meta4 String Quartet
Oct 17, 7:00 PM
Fort Defiance

"Staunton [is] an arts-and-culture magnet." - Washingtonian

Artist Spotlight (Sep 13, 2023)

Mary Boodell is the Principal Flutist of the Richmond Symphony in Virginia. Praised as one of the city’s “most versatile and venturesome musicians,” she has won acclaim for numerous chamber music collaborations, orchestral solos, and concerto performances....

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The spirit behind our tagline, Rethink Classical, touches on two basic convictions about what classical music can be in the 21st century. First, by taking a deep interest in historically-informed performance practice, we can rediscover the subtlety and color that emerges from period instrument concerts. Second, by merging past masterworks with world premieres, we remind ourselves that music from all eras is vital and expressive--that all music was once "modern".  We believe programming the old and the new, together, deepens the appreciation of both.

Together, these commitments to historically-informed performance of older music and to the creative, mixed programming of contemporary works define Staunton Music Festival.  For us, therefore, the call to "Rethink Classical" is more than just a tagline -it's a key element of our mission statement.

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