Virginia's World-Class Music Festival
Join us in Staunton for the initial BaroqueFest, a three-day immersion in the very best music from the 17th and early 18th centuries. All concerts feature acclaimed period-instrument performers. The mixed programs include music for voices, orchestra, and chamber ensembles and feature historical keyboards, winds and brass, strings, and chorus.
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.