The Summer Festival

Each August Staunton Music Festival over 70 acclaimed professionals from around the world to perform in 30 events. Multiple concerts daily make for an exhilarating immersion in chamber, vocal, and symphonic music. The days are given over to one-hour, free admission programs, while the evenings come alive with longer, ticketed concerts preceded by special dinners and lectures.  (NOTE: due to COVID-19 restrictions, the August 2021 will involve fewer performers and events. Events subject to change.)

Tickets can be purchased for individual events or as part of the Summer Pass. For details about seating sections and passes, visit Ticket Info.

  • August 13 at 12:00 pm
    Trinity Episcopal Church

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    Serenades at Noon

    SPONSORED BY HUGH & CONNIE WESTFALL

    The 2021 Festival opens with a free noon concert featuring English madrigals, a violin sonata by Mozart, and chamber works by bandoneon composer and virtuoso J. P. Jofre.

    Free admission to all.
    Tickets are required in 2021.
    Donations are welcome.

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  • August 13 at 7:30 pm
    Trinity Episcopal Church

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    Musica Transatlantica

    SPONSORED BY DAVIDSON PERRY-MILLER

    The first evening program celebrates music by composers who, at one time in their careers, crossed the Atlantic, from Strauss waltzes to Piazzolla's tangos.

    Event can be purchased individually or as part of the Summer Pass

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  • August 14 at 12:00 pm
    First Presbyterian Church

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    Musica Transalpina

    The hills are alive with ... well, you know the rest. J. S. Bach, Rore and Pergolesi carry us between central Germany and Italy's northern foothills.

    Free admission to all.
    Tickets are required in 2021.
    Donations are welcome.

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  • August 14 at 7:30 pm
    Trinity Episcopal Church

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    Time Lost and Found

    SPONSORED BY DIDAWICK & COMPANY and JAMES & TAMARA RIDENOUR

    Time features mightily in music, but it's far more than just a question of keeping the beat. Explore deeper philosophical issues with works from Beethoven to Burtner.

    Event can be purchased individually or as part of the Summer Pass

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  • August 15 at 11:00 am
    Blackfriars Playhouse

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    Summer Sounds

    SPONSORED BY TOM ARBAUGH & LARRY HARRELL

    Relax Sunday morning in the stunning Blackfriars Playhouse for a mixed chamber program featuring Philidor, Dvořák, and the music of J. P. Jofre.

    Event can be purchased individually or as part of the Summer Pass

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  • August 15 at 3:00 pm
    Trinity Episcopal Church

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    Masters and Students

    SPONSORED BY ELIZABETH HARTMAN

    Musical composition is steeped in the apprentice tradition, and this program celebrates master-student relationships from the past. Works by Buxtehude, Boulanger, Piazzolla, and others.

    Event can be purchased individually or as part of the Summer Pass

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  • August 18 at 7:30 pm
    Trinity Episcopal Church

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    Love and Repercussions

    SPONSORED BY PATRICIA ANN ABRAHAM

    The Festival's percussionists take center stage in this program as both performers and composers. Works by Cangelosi and Guinivan alongside Handel, Brahms, Gesualdo, and others.

    Event can be purchased individually or as part of the Summer Pass

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  • August 19 at 12:00 pm
    First Presbyterian Church

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    Song Fest

    SPONSORED BY JUDITH WIEGAND and RICHARD & MARY BARNES

    This one-hour concert features six works of vocal music from the Renaissance to 20th century. Music by Mahler and Marenzio, Tallis, Fauré and others.

    Free admission to all.
    Tickets are required in 2021.
    Donations are welcome.

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  • August 19 at 7:30 pm
    Trinity Episcopal Church

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    (Non)Sense and Sensibility

    SPONSORED BY LIZA DELZELL and ANNE & JOHN SILLS

    Classical music is hardly serious all the time. Indeed, the combination of heartfelt and humorous emotions is vital to music's expressive power. Works by Haydn, Ravel and others.

    Event can be purchased individually or as part of the Summer Pass

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  • August 20 at 12:00 pm
    First Presbyterian Church

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    Sonata Quasi Una Fantasia

    SPONSORED BY BROOKS CUSHMAN and ANN & DENMAN ZIRKLE

    The sonata is one of the most important forms of the Classical and Romantic eras, but composers often seek to transcend its conventions by injecting moments of imagination.

    Free admission to all.
    Tickets are required in 2021.
    Donations are welcome.

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  • August 20 at 7:30 pm
    Trinity Episcopal Church

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    Baroque Inside-Out

    SPONSORED BY CHRISTINE & MICHAEL BURCH,
    RICK CHITTUM, and BILL & LISA MOORE

    A perennial audience favorite returns with orchestral works by Bach, as well as vocal and instrumental music by Handel, Caccini, Lambert and others.

    Event can be purchased individually or as part of the Summer Pass

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  • August 21 at 12:00 pm
    First Presbyterian Church

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    Seeing Double

    The Seeing Double program argues that "two can be even better than one." Works for doubled ensembles and soloists by D'Indy, Palestrina, Castello, and others.

    Free admission to all.
    Tickets are required in 2021.
    Donations are welcome.

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  • August 21 at 7:30 pm
    Trinity Episcopal Church

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    Gateway to Heaven

    SPONSORED BY TERRY E. GRANT

    Mahler's nine symphonies are among the largest orchestral works. Yet, they become sublime studies in texture and nuance when arranged for more intimate chamber ensembles.

    Event can be purchased individually or as part of the Summer Pass

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  • August 22 at 11:00 am
    Blackfriars Playhouse

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    Beethoven at the Blackfriars

    SPONSORED BY THE FRANCES WHITESEL SMITH CHARITABLE TRUST

    Composers like Beethoven rarely need any help to round out a concert program. This event at Blackfriars Playhouse features the acclaimed Septet for period winds and strings.

    Event can be purchased individually or as part of the Summer Pass

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  • August 22 at 3:00 pm
    Trinity Episcopal Church

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    Acis and Galatea

    SPONSORED BY MR. & MRS. CHRISTOPHER M. LITTLE

    The 2021 Festival closes with Handel's scintillating Acis and Galatea, featuring vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra on period instruments. Presented as a concert performance.

    Event can be purchased individually or as part of the Summer Pass

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