It’s True. We’re Rethinking Classical For The Modern Era


Staunton, Va. — Twenty years ago, the Staunton Music Festival started as a weekend of music among friends, but it has since become one of the mid-Atlantic’s most innovative, daring, and accomplished chamber music celebrations. Last year, the Washington Post marked it as a “Critic’s Pick.” Wondering what to expect this year?  Look for traditional works […]

Staunton Music Festival Opens Stellar 2017 Season!


Originally conceived as a classical chamber music festival, SMF has emerged as a national destination for artists and audiences alike with its eclectic vision, incredibly diverse programs, and a mission to “rethink classical” for the modern era. The Staunton Music Festival (SMF) is pleased to announce the details of its 20th season, which will be held […]

Students Kindle Imagination With Great Music


Over the next two months, several hundred area children will be busy listening, writing, painting, and drawing, sharing their thoughts and feelings about great classical music. It’s all part of a program called The Musical Spark, offered by Staunton Music Festival as a way to engage children’s ears and imaginations. “It’s very simple in concept,” […]

Harpsichordist Revels in French Baroque


Staunton, Virginia (October 26, 2016) – Versailles. The very name calls to mind images of incredible splendor, refinement, royalty. For generations, the sprawling palace situated on the outskirts of Paris functioned as the seat of French power, right up to dynastic overthrow in the Revolution of 1789. Equally important for history, many of the world’s […]

All Six Brandenburg Concertos Performed In One Day!


STAUNTON, Va. — Written nearly 300 years ago, Johann Sebastian Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos continue to amaze, and are now considered his most popular work. For centuries, these exuberant concertos have delighted and captivated audiences with their complex compositional arrangements. Now…imagine hearing these Baroque works on period instruments, just as Bach himself would have heard them. Fortunately, you don’t need to time travel […]