SMF began in 1988, when it was called “Savannah Onstage International Arts Festival”. It was renamed in 2002, when its focus narrowed to featuring just music, albeit some of the most eclectic music to be found. In a single evening you can experience wildly different styles of music, from jazz to classical to pop. The 2010 festival featured pianist Lang Lang, Patty Loveless, Wilco, Ruthie Foster, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Bill Frisell, among many, many others.
To really capture the true essence of the event, festival goers should start training a few months in advance for the speed walking around Savannah. That way, they can catch their favorite jazz bassist right after the premier of a newly commissioned symphonyl.
Savannah Music Festival Information
- Public Transportation: Depends on location
- Handicapped Accessible: Depends on location
- Performance schedule: More than 100 performances during the festival at multiple locations.
- Admission: Individual tickets for each performance can range from free to around $100 for premium seating at larger events.