Virginia's World-Class Music Festival

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Handel Extravaganza

The 2022 Festival opens with selections from Handel’s orchestral and vocal works, including Zadok the Priest, music from Fireworks and Water Music, and arias from Sosarme and L'Allegro. Plus enjoy Brazilian jazz from the José Luiz Martins Quartet outside during an extended intermission.

Friday August 12th from 7:30 - 10:00 pm


Other Upcoming Events

August 12th at 10:00 pm

Nightcap #1: Brazil (Martins Jazz Quartet)


The Staunton Music Festival presents an immersive classical music experience featuring more than 600 years of music over the course of 10 days and nights. Over 80 of the world’s most acclaimed chamber musicians are brought in for this exuberant festival, where musical risk-taking abounds.  Artists are engaged for their expertise in historic performance traditions, commitment to newer repertoires, professional excellence, and their ability to collaborate with new partners in creating dynamic, live performances. 

"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.