Summer Festival, August 12-21 2016

Described as Virginia’s “world-class music festival” (Travel & Leisure) and named a “Critic’s Pick” by the Washington Post, the Staunton Music Festival features over 60 of the world’s finest chamber musicians performing at historic venues. The Festival offers free concerts daily at noon and ticketed concerts each evening.

The 2016 Festival will feature a wide array of music from traditional repertoires such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, and dozens more, in addition
to dramatic new works from contemporary masters and composers in residence.

Click each concert title to visit the event page and see complete details.

Staunton Music Festival in performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse in 2014.

SMF in performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse

Day 1 (Friday, August 12)
12:00 pm   Île de France   music by Leclair, Debussy, and Poulenc
7:30 pm     Royal Handel Extravaganza    music by Handel, special guests Hound Dog Hill

Day 2 (Saturday, August 13)
12:00 pm   Classically Romantic   music by Brahms and Nielsen
7:30 pm     City of Lights    music by Fauré, Stravinsky, Rameau,
Antheil, Perotin, others

Day 3 (Sunday, August 14)
10:00 am   Trinity Service   
3:30 pm     Concert for Young People   music by Wadsworth
7:30 pm     Dancing with the Devil    music by Mozart, Stravinsky,
Gesualdo, others

SMF concerts feature acclaimed musicians performing on period instruments.

Acclaimed musicians on period instruments

Day 4 (Monday, August 15)
12:00 pm   New York-Moscova   music by Porter, Ives, others
3:00 pm     Composer’s Forum: Stefan Heucke
7:30 pm     Neocons and Free Radicals    music by Haydn, Cage, Britten, Palestrina, others

Day 5 (Tuesday, August 16)
12:00 pm   (Neo-) Baroque   music by Mustonen, Bach, others
7:30 pm     Early Keyboard Extravaganza    music by Bach, Mozart, Böhm, Takemitsu, others

Day 6 (Wednesday, August 17)
12:00 pm   Mendelssohn’s Magic   music by Mendelssohn
3:00 pm     Meet the SMF Historic Winds
7:30 pm     LUDWIG VAN    music by Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Guinivan

SMF commissions world premieres each year and presents some of the most daring avant-garde works from the 20th century.

SMF commissions world premieres each year

Day 7 (Thursday, August 18)
12:00 pm   Serenades at Noon   music by Brahms, Wadsworth, Heucke
7:30 pm     Poetry in Motion    music by Debussy, Britten, Wolf, Jeths, others

Day 8 (Friday, August 19)
12:00 pm   Bach at Noon   music by J.S and J.C Bach
7:30 pm     Baroque Inside/Out    Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and more

Day 9 (Saturday, August 20)
12:00 pm   Summer Music   music by Crumb and Dohnányi
7:30 pm     Titans and Trifles    music by Mahler, Boulez, Bach, Satie, others

Day 10 (Sunday, August 21)
1:00 pm     Bach Brunch and Lecture   extended discussion of the B-minor Mass
3:30 pm     Bach’s Mass in B Minor    complete performance on period instruments


Artistic director Carsten Schmidt leads the 2014 performance of the St Matthew Passion by Bach

Artistic director Carsten Schmidt leads the 2014 performance of the St Matthew Passion by Bach