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 over ten consecutive days in August.  Planned activities include 30 public concerts in historic venues throughout downtown Staunton from August 11-20, 2017.

Highlights of the 2017 season include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (entirely on period-specific instruments), orchestral music by Copland and Smetana, over 50 chamber works by Dvořák, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Grieg, Poulenc, Bach (to name a few), as well as new music by composer-in-residence Moritz Eggert.

There is simply nothing else in the mid-Atlantic region that is remotely similar. During these ten days, the acclaimed mountain city of Staunton becomes even more alive with the presence of centuries of exceptional music—echoing across the historic downtown from morning until late at night.

Concerts feature a daring blend of musical works from the Middle Ages to world premieres. In addition to roughly three concerts per day, the festival also presents free pre-concert lectures, informative program notes, open rehearsals, and impromptu short concerts in various locations throughout Staunton’s downtown business district. In 2017, the festival is introducing “Nightcaps”, 40-minute fringe concerts held in downtown businesses after the formal evening concert has ended.

Also new in 2017 is the festival appearance of Washington, DC’s Happenstance Theater, a professional company that is devising theatrical and comedic productions in coordination with the composers and musicians.

Over 70 of the world’s finest professional chamber musicians are brought in for this intense 10-day festival. Artists are engaged for their expertise in historic performance traditions, their commitment to newer repertoires, their professional qualifications, and their ability to collaborate with new partners in a demanding time schedule. This year’s musicians hail from Germany, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, and dozens of U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C., and all points in between.

Staunton Music Festival has been recognized as a “critic’s pick” by The Washington Post, “Virginia’s world-class music festival” by Travel & Leisure, and a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Tickets are now on sale for the summer festival; tickets may be purchased in a subscription (festival pass) or individually. Tickets for ages 18 and under are always free.

Staunton Music Festival is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.


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