STAUNTON

Virginia's World-Class Music Festival

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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 Music Festival brings together some of the most talented musicians, established professionals and emerging young artists, from throughout the United States and Europe to this quiet spot in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains."

 

- Travel+Leisure

Featured Events 2021

  • Bach & Handel (Part 2)
    Sun, Oct 24
    Trinity Episcopal Church
    Oct 24, 3:00 PM
    Trinity Episcopal Church, Staunton, VA 24401, USA
    In the second of two programs, Festival musicians complete the Flute Sonatas of Bach and perform Handel's cantata Lucretia and other chamber works. Immanuel Davis (Baroque flute), Angela Young Smucker (mezzo-soprano), James Wilson (Baroque cello) and harpsichordists Carsten Schmidt and Mark Shuldine
  • Bach & Handel (Part 1)
    Sat, Oct 23
    Trinity Episcopal Church
    Oct 23, 7:00 PM
    Trinity Episcopal Church, Staunton, VA 24401, USA
    The fall season blooms with two giants of the Baroque, featuring the complete Flute Sonatas of Bach and several cantatas by Handel. Immanuel Davis (Baroque flute), Angela Young Smucker (mezzo-soprano), James Wilson (Baroque cello) and harpsichordists Carsten Schmidt and Mark Shuldiner perform.

"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.