THE NEXT SUMMER FESTIVAL:
AUGUST 11-20, 2023
STAUNTON MUSIC FESTIVAL
Each August, Staunton proudly hosts "Virginia's world-class music festival" (Travel + Leisure), bringing 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 Magazine.
This summer's festival has concluded, but we encourage you to save the dates for the next one (August 11-20, 2023) and check out the events coming in the spring.
"Staunton [is] an arts-and-culture magnet." - Washingtonian
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 mission statement.