Savannah Music Festival Presents Fall Chamber Concert Series | Music | Savannah News, Events, Restaurants, Music


Bringing together award-winning artists and audiences earlier than expected, the Savannah Music Festival presents a series of four fall chamber concerts starting October 19.

Comprised of a mix of classical, bluegrass and acoustic performances, the series will span four days and take place in different locations. Ryan McMaken, artistic director of the Savannah Music Festival, said that due to COVID precautions, concerts will have limited capacity, but he is grateful for the opportunity to bring a small series of concerts in October.

“We were able to arrange limited seating for 10 concerts in May, and we planned them as a fall series to kind of continue them,” McMaken said. “Our festival has been canceled for two years and we are ready to return. “

The series kicks off with two performances by British viola Philip Dukes and the New York-based Escher string quartet at Trinity United Methodist Church.

“Philip has worked with the festival as a performer since 2005, and he’s also conducted a few chamber concerts,” McMaken said. “From fall 2019, he becomes associate artistic director for chamber music. It is therefore the first time that he has performed on the Savannah stage in this real role. He is an extraordinary performer and a very accomplished chamber musician and soloist.

According to McMaken, the Escher Strings Quartet has already been scheduled to perform, but it will also be the first time they will perform as part of the series.

“They are resident artists of the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center in New York City and have won the Avery Fisher Prize for almost 20 years.”

For the third program in the series, Philip Dukes and Escher Strings Quartet will join Savannah Philharmonic for a collaboration at the Palmetto Club at the Landings. The series will conclude with a free outdoor concert at Eastern Wharf Park by bluegrass artists Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, and Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley.

The series will run on select days October 19-24. For more information or to check availability and COVID guidelines, visit


Gerald R. Schneider

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