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 […]

Staunton Music Festival Brings World-Class Music To Virginia


STAUNTON, Va. – Described as “Virginia’s world-class music festival” by Travel + Leisure and a “Critic’s Pick” by The Washington Post, this European-style festival runs ten days and includes more than 20 musical events. The entire festival takes place in historic downtown Staunton in the Shenandoah Valley. What:           Eclectic festival featuring an acclaimed gathering of international musicians. When:          August 12 – August 21, […]