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Thu 03/19 Balsam Range

Balsam Range

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Kicking off the 2015 festival at the Charles H. Morris Center, Balsam Range arrives fresh off the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards ceremony with more nominations than any other band in bluegrass music.

Thu 03/19 Balsam Range/The Boxcars

Balsam Range/The Boxcars

5:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This opening night double bill pairs two present-day powerhouses of bluegrass, whose origins straddle the Tennessee/North Carolina border where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Thu 03/19 Chamber Music I: Around Beethoven

Chamber Music I: Around Beethoven

6:00 PM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Bookended by two of Franz Schubert's great works (including his renowned cello quintet), this opening concert is centered around Beethoven's innovative Piano Trio No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op.1, composed in 1793.

Thu 03/19 The Wood Brothers/AJ Ghent Band

The Wood Brothers/AJ Ghent Band

7:30 PM | Ships of the Sea North Garden

This opening weekend double bill includes the return of The Wood Brothers, who played to a sold-out crowd at Ships of the Sea during SMF 2013.

Thu 03/19 Balsam Range/The Boxcars

Balsam Range/The Boxcars

8:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This opening night double bill pairs two present-day powerhouses of bluegrass, whose origins straddle the Tennessee/North Carolina border where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Thu 03/19 One True Vine: Mavis Staples

One True Vine: Mavis Staples

8:00 PM | Trustees Theater

A National Heritage Fellowship Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement winner, Mavis Staples' rich, raspy vocals and precise phrasing have been central to the definitive mark she has made on American music.

Fri 03/20 The Boxcars

The Boxcars

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Led by 2014 IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year Adam Steffey and multi-instrumentalist Ron Stewart, The Boxcars (above) originated after the Dan Tyminski Band slowed down its touring in 2010.

Fri 03/20 Southern Troubadours feat. Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster and Paul Thorn

Southern Troubadours feat. Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster and Paul Thorn

7:00 PM | Trustees Theater

Three distinctly different artists share the stage for an evening of song swapping.

Fri 03/20 Zydeco Dance Party: Buckwheat Zydeco

Zydeco Dance Party: Buckwheat Zydeco

7:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

As the leading torchbearer of the classic sound of the late King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco has performed for over three decades.

Fri 03/20 Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi

Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi

7:30 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

A co-production with Savannah Voice Festival in Celebration of Sherrill Milnes' 80th Birthday

Fri 03/20 Shovels & Rope/Shakey Graves

Shovels & Rope/Shakey Graves

8:00 PM | Ships of the Sea North Garden

Charleston's own Shovels & Rope share the stage with Shakey Graves for a night of indie folk-rock bliss.

Fri 03/20 Zydeco Dance Party: Buckwheat Zydeco

Zydeco Dance Party: Buckwheat Zydeco

9:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

As the leading torchbearer of the classic sound of the late King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco has performed for over three decades.

Sat 03/21 McIntosh County Shouters

McIntosh County Shouters

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellows, the McIntosh County Shouters are the foremost practitioners of the ring shout tradition of coastal Georgia.

Sat 03/21 Chamber Music II: Orchestral Masterworks by Mozart & Mendelssohn

Chamber Music II: Orchestral Masterworks by Mozart & Mendelssohn

3:00 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

In this collaborative chamber orchestra program, musicians from the Savannah Philharmonic perform with guest soloists from SMF's critically acclaimed chamber music series.

Sat 03/21 Come Rain or Come Shine

Come Rain or Come Shine

5:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

A mainstay of nearly every festival, this year's original SMF cabaret production comes with the arrival of two new singers in Savannah.

Sat 03/21 Blues in the Garden: Heritage Blues Orchestra

Blues in the Garden: Heritage Blues Orchestra

5:00 PM | Ships of the Sea North Garden

The Heritage Blues Orchestra is an inspiring testament to the enduring power, possibilities and boundless beauty of the blues.

Sat 03/21 Come Rain or Come Shine

Come Rain or Come Shine

7:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

A mainstay of nearly every festival, this year's original SMF cabaret production comes with the arrival of two new singers in Savannah.

Sat 03/21 Earls of Leicester

Earls of Leicester

7:30 PM | Trustees Theater

Born out of dobro master Jerry Douglas' lifelong love of the music of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the play-on-words band name Earls of Leicester includes some of Nashville's finest bluegrass musicians.

Sat 03/21 Blues in the Garden: Heritage Blues Orchestra

Blues in the Garden: Heritage Blues Orchestra

8:15 PM | Ships of the Sea North Garden

The Heritage Blues Orchestra is an inspiring testament to the enduring power, possibilities and boundless beauty of the blues.

Sun 03/22 Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi

Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi

2:00 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

A special co-production with Savannah Voice Festival in Celebration of Sherrill Milnes' 80th Birthday.

Sun 03/22 Come Rain or Come Shine

Come Rain or Come Shine

5:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

A mainstay of nearly every festival, this year's original SMF cabaret production comes with the arrival of two new singers in Savannah.

Sun 03/22 Recitals I : Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Recitals I : Nikolai Lugansky, piano

6:00 PM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky's 2011 SMF debut was without a doubt a festival highlight, featuring a primarily Chopin recital that included deft interpretations with dynamics and phrasing that ranged from the lilting and dreamy to the staunchly resolute.

Sun 03/22 Come Rain or Come Shine

Come Rain or Come Shine

7:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Featuring Kurt Ollmann, J.J. Hobbs and Rebecca Flaherty A mainstay of nearly every festival, this year's original SMF cabaret production comes with the arrival of two new singers in Savannah. Musical theatre/opera star Kurt Ollmann first came to prominence singing...

Mon 03/23 Come Rain or Come Shine

Come Rain or Come Shine

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

A mainstay of nearly every festival, this year's original SMF cabaret production comes with the arrival of two new singers in Savannah.

Mon 03/23 Chamber Music III: Brahms & His Influences

Chamber Music III: Brahms & His Influences

6:00 PM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Johannes Brahms' "Prater Quintet," a viola quintet that the composer intended to be his swan song, anchors this Daniel Hope & Friends concert.

Mon 03/23 The Barr Brothers/The Apache Relay

The Barr Brothers/The Apache Relay

7:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Montreal meets Nashville in this two-night stand of folk-rock in the intimate Charles H. Morris Center.

Tue 03/24 Dave Stryker Quartet

Dave Stryker Quartet

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Jazz guitar great Dave Stryker has made 25 recordings as a bandleader and as a sideman for such artists as Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff and Kevin Mahogany.

Tue 03/24 Arias & Encores

Arias & Encores

6:00 PM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Featuring the artists from the Savannah VOICE Festival's 2014 season, this specially conceived program showcases some of the best new talent in opera and musical theatre.

Tue 03/24 The Barr Brothers/The Apache Relay

The Barr Brothers/The Apache Relay

7:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Montreal meets Nashville in this two-night stand of folk-rock in the intimate Charles H. Morris Center.

Wed 03/25 Bouncin' with Bud: Tardo Hammer plays Bud Powell

Bouncin' with Bud: Tardo Hammer plays Bud Powell

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

In this special lunchtime concert, Hammer will showcase the compositions of Bud Powell, the great bebop pianist.

Wed 03/25 Warren Vache Quintet plays Bud Powell/ Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

Warren Vache Quintet plays Bud Powell/ Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

5:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Trumpet player Warren Vache returns to Savannah with his own quintet, sharing a bill with Jason Marsalis' acclaimed vibes quartet.

Wed 03/25 Recitals II: Miloš Karadaglic, guitar

Recitals II: Miloš Karadaglic, guitar

6:00 PM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Since his sold-out 2012 SMF debut, 30-year old classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic has become the pride of Montenegro, topping the UK classical charts and touring the world over.

Wed 03/25 Warren Vaché Quintet/Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

Warren Vaché Quintet/Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

8:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Trumpet player Warren Vaché returns to Savannah with his own quintet, following his 2014 appearance in the SMF production of "Ladies Sing the Blues" featuring Catherine Russell and Charenee Wade. Warren Vache's style has been influenced by a great variety...

Thu 03/26 Warren Vaché Quintet plays Benny Carter

Warren Vaché Quintet plays Benny Carter

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This is an exclusive lunchtime performance by the Warren Vache Quintet, featuring tenor saxophonist Houston Person, Tardo Hammer on piano, Nicki Parrott on bass and Leroy Williams on drums.

Thu 03/26 Chamber Music IV : Early Masters

Chamber Music IV : Early Masters

6:00 PM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Often times, the works in a composer's formative period are the ones that propel and shape their career. In a look at the early masterworks of several great 19th century composers, this program brings together the nucleus of Daniel Hope's European and U.S. colleagues.

Thu 03/26 Sean Jones Quartet/ Warren Wolf & Wolfpack

Sean Jones Quartet/ Warren Wolf & Wolfpack

6:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

SMF audiences will remember trumpeter, bandleader, educator and composer Sean Jones from when he performed at SMF 2012 with Jon Faddis or SMF 2010 with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), but his current quartet is his finest project to date.

Thu 03/26 Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery

Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery

8:00 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Excitingly varied, marvelously theatrical, fascinating from start to finish, with moments of vivid physical excitement, Kodo is a group of dancers and drummers from Japan who explore the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese "taiko" drum.

Thu 03/26 Sean Jones Quartet/ Warren Wolf & Wolfpack

Sean Jones Quartet/ Warren Wolf & Wolfpack

9:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

SMF audiences will remember trumpeter, bandleader, educator and composer Sean Jones from when he performed at SMF 2012 with Jon Faddis or SMF 2010. Warren Wolf first performed at SMF 2003 with Lewis Nash and has since made appearances here as a leader and as a sideman with Aaron Diehl and Walter Blanding.

Fri 03/27 Sean Jones Quartet

Sean Jones Quartet

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

SMF audiences will remember trumpeter, bandleader, educator and composer Sean Jones from when he performed at SMF 2012 with Jon Faddis or SMF 2010 with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), but his current quartet is his finest project to date.

Fri 03/27 Recitals III : Stephen Hough, piano

Recitals III : Stephen Hough, piano

6:00 PM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, British pianist Stephen Hough is a rare renaissance man of our time, and was conferred as a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Fri 03/27 The Louis Armstrong Continuum/ Swing Central Jazz Finale

The Louis Armstrong Continuum/ Swing Central Jazz Finale

7:00 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Following performances by the top three finalists from the Swing Central Jazz competition, this original production will be an evening devoted to the legacy of Louis Armstrong, an American genius of 20th century music.

Fri 03/27 Lúnasa

Lúnasa

8:00 PM | Ships of the Sea North Garden

Named for an Autumn harvest festival, Lúnasa is without a doubt one of the most prolific and enduring bands in Irish music.

Fri 03/27 Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

8:30 PM | Trustees Theater

American rock, folk, blues and country music singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is one of a kind. She has been maneuvering down a musical path all her own for more than three decades since emerging from Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Fri 03/27 Late Night Jam with Sean Jones Quartet featuring Wycliffe Gordon & Friends

Late Night Jam with Sean Jones Quartet featuring Wycliffe Gordon & Friends

10:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

A highlight of every festival season has become the annual late night jazz jam, which wraps up our week with Swing Central Jazz in a fiery concert at the Charles H. Morris Center.

Sat 03/28 Marcus Roberts Trio

Marcus Roberts Trio

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

SMF Associate Artistic Director Marcus Roberts offers another extraordinary look into his original artistry with a rare full-concert SMF appearance with his trio featuring bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis.

Sat 03/28 Recitals IV: Murray Perahia, piano

Recitals IV: Murray Perahia, piano

3:00 PM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Murray Perahia's Savannah debut could be the most highly anticipated classical piano event in the history of SMF. In the more than 40 years that he has been performing on the concert stage, Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time.

Sat 03/28 New Orleans Soul & Brass Party: Irma Thomas/Dirty Dozen Brass Band

New Orleans Soul & Brass Party: Irma Thomas/Dirty Dozen Brass Band

5:00 PM | Ships of the Sea North Garden

With a career spanning six decades, Irma Thomas is a Louisiana Music Hall of Famer and GRAMMY Award winning artist. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music ensemble whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.

Sat 03/28 Hot Rize

Hot Rize

7:30 PM | Trustees Theater

For a dozen years beginning in 1978, the band Hot Rize was arguably the most influential bluegrass band of its time. While their name was a knowing nod to Flatt & Scruggs' long-time flour mill sponsor, Hot Rize's music was and is equally informed by a taste for the music of Leadbelly and Freddie King, swing, old-time Appalachia and more.

Sat 03/28 Latin Dance Party: Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra

Latin Dance Party: Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra

8:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Fronting a dynamite ten-piece band, Cuban born Adonis Puentes is a GRAMMY-nominated singer and bandleader who opens up the marvelous world of Cuban music with syncopated rhythms, propulsive bass lines, nuanced horn arrangements and melodic piano and guitar.

Sat 03/28 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Lynn Harrell

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Lynn Harrell

8:00 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

In their tenth consecutive SMF appearance, the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra brings a powerful program of symphonic masterworks.

Sat 03/28 New Orleans Soul & Brass Party: Irma Thomas/Dirty Dozen Brass Band

New Orleans Soul & Brass Party: Irma Thomas/Dirty Dozen Brass Band

8:30 PM | Ships of the Sea North Garden

With a career spanning six decades, Irma Thomas is a Louisiana Music Hall of Famer and GRAMMY Award winning artist. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music ensemble whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.

Sat 03/28 Latin Dance Party: Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra

Latin Dance Party: Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra

10:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Fronting a dynamite ten-piece band, Cuban born Adonis Puentes is a GRAMMY-nominated singer and bandleader who opens up the marvelous world of Cuban music with syncopated rhythms, propulsive bass lines, nuanced horn arrangements and melodic piano and guitar.

Sun 03/29 Chamber Music V: Emerson String Quartet

Chamber Music V: Emerson String Quartet

3:00 PM | Temple Mickve Israel

Making their fifth appearance at SMF (and first since the 2012 season), this all-Beethoven concert marks the first time Savannah audiences can see the renowned Emerson String Quartet with new cellist Paul Watkins in action.

Sun 03/29 Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

4:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This three-day run at the Charles H. Morris Center brings together two of the most influential bands playing western swing today, Hot Club of Cowtown and Asleep at the Wheel.

Sun 03/29 Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

7:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This three-day run at the Charles H. Morris Center brings together two of the most influential bands playing western swing today, Hot Club of Cowtown and Asleep at the Wheel.

Mon 03/30 Julian Lage & Jorge Roeder

Julian Lage & Jorge Roeder

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

For this special lunchtime concert, guitarist, composer and arranger Julian Lage is joined by Jorge Roeder, one of the most versatile bassists on the New York jazz scene.

Mon 03/30 Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

5:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This three-day run at the Charles H. Morris Center brings together two of the most influential bands playing western swing today, Hot Club of Cowtown and Asleep at the Wheel.

Mon 03/30 Chamber Music VI : Emerson String Quartet with Daniel Hope & Friends

Chamber Music VI : Emerson String Quartet with Daniel Hope & Friends

6:00 PM | Trinity United Methodist Church

The Emerson String Quartet opens this concert with Ravel's String Quartet in F Major, one of the most widely performed works in the chamber music repertoire.

Mon 03/30 Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

7:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This three-day run at the Charles H. Morris Center brings together two of the most influential bands playing western swing today, Hot Club of Cowtown and Asleep at the Wheel.

Mon 03/30 Kayhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider

Kayhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider

8:00 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Kayhan Kalhor is an acclaimed Persian musician and a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. A virtuoso on the kamancheh (spike fiddle), his performances of traditional Persian music and his unique collaborations have attracted audiences around the globe....

Tue 03/31 Chamber Music VII : Vive la France

Chamber Music VII : Vive la France

11:00 AM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Ravel: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano (posthume) Saint-Saëns: Piano Quartet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 41 Milhaud: Sonatine for Violin and Viola, Op. 226 Chausson: Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 30 This all-French program spotlights two...

Tue 03/31 Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

5:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This three-day run at the Charles H. Morris Center brings together two of the most influential bands playing western swing today, Hot Club of Cowtown and Asleep at the Wheel. Hot Club of Cowtown's influences have always been as much the musette music...

Tue 03/31 Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

7:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This three-day run at the Charles H. Morris Center brings together two of the most influential bands playing western swing today, Hot Club of Cowtown and Asleep at the Wheel.

Tue 03/31 Béla Fleck with Brooklyn Rider

Béla Fleck with Brooklyn Rider

7:30 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Banjoist/composer Béla Fleck has performed on seven different occasions at SMF, each time with distinctly different projects. His 2015 appearance will be no exception, as he joins forces with the acclaimed string quartet Brooklyn Rider during their 2015 SMF residency.

Wed 04/01 Chamber Music VIII : Brooklyn Rider

Chamber Music VIII : Brooklyn Rider

11:00 AM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Celebrating its 10th anniversary together, Brooklyn Rider is one of today's most technically accomplished string quartets, attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world and rock critics.

Wed 04/01 Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso

Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Mike Marshall is one of the world's most accomplished mandolinists who began his love affair with the music of Brazil after a visit there, before embarking on an in-depth study of the roots of the Brazilian choro.

Wed 04/01 Recitals V : Paul Lewis, piano

Recitals V : Paul Lewis, piano

6:00 PM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Paul Lewis' cycles of piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim across the globe, solidifying his reputation as one of the world's foremost interpreters of European classical repertoire.

Wed 04/01 The Brazilian Soul: Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso/Clarice Assad/Off the Cliff

The Brazilian Soul: Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso/Clarice Assad/Off the Cliff

8:00 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Brazilian choro, the instrumental popular Brazilian music that originated in 19th century Rio, is showcased on this evening by the group Choro Famoso, featuring mandolinist Mike Marshall.

Thu 04/02 Chamber Music IX : Bruch & Brahms

Chamber Music IX : Bruch & Brahms

11:00 AM | Unitarian Universalist Church

Bruch: Selections from Eight pieces for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op. 83 Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 In a recent article in The Guardian (UK) entitled "The Best of Brahms: Lesser-Known Treats," SMF Associate Artistic...

Thu 04/02 The World of Clarice Assad featuring Off the Cliff & Mike Marshall

The World of Clarice Assad featuring Off the Cliff & Mike Marshall

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

A visionary composer and virtuoso pianist who draws on Heitor Villa-Lobos and Hermeto Pascoal in equal measure, and an overall practitioner of vocalese, Brazilian native Clarice Assad is as comfortable performing with a symphony orchestra as with her ancient-to-future unit...

Thu 04/02 South Africa meets the American South: Vusi Mahlasela/Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

South Africa meets the American South: Vusi Mahlasela/Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

6:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Vusi Mahlasela is simply known as "The Voice" in his home country, South Africa, and is celebrated for his distinctive, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. His songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a better...

Thu 04/02 Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter

8:00 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Since 1997, American songwriter, guitarist and author Josh Ritter has been creating some of the best folk-rock music to hit the airwaves.

Thu 04/02 South Africa meets the American South: Vusi Mahlasela/Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

South Africa meets the American South: Vusi Mahlasela/Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

9:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Vusi Mahlasela is simply known as "The Voice" in his home country, South Africa, and is celebrated for his distinctive, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. His songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a...

Fri 04/03 Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This is an exclusive lunchtime performance by two masters of old-time music: Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus.

Fri 04/03 Acoustic Music Seminar Finale: Stringband Spectacular

Acoustic Music Seminar Finale: Stringband Spectacular

6:00 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

After five days of collaborations and instruction by some of the world's finest acoustic musicians, the 16 participants of the 2015 Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS) present their latest compositions in an original program.

Fri 04/03 Cajun Dance Party: The Band Courtbouillon

Cajun Dance Party: The Band Courtbouillon

7:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Three is the magic number when you're counting Cajun music virtuosos in this GRAMMY winning supergroup.

Fri 04/03 Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves

8:00 PM | Trustees Theater

Returning for her fourth SMF appearance and her first since the 2011 double bill with Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro, jazz singer Dianne Reeves is among the preeminent jazz vocalists of the past three decades. A multiple GRAMMY winner, Reeves has...

Fri 04/03 Cajun Dance Party: The Band Courtbouillon

Cajun Dance Party: The Band Courtbouillon

9:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Three is the magic number when you're counting Cajun music virtuosos in this GRAMMY winning supergroup. In their Savannah debut, The Band Courtbouillon - Wayne "Le Boss" Toups, Steve Riley (of the Mamou Playboys) and Wilson Savoy (of the Pine...

Sat 04/04 Chamber Music X: Passionate Piano Quartets

Chamber Music X: Passionate Piano Quartets

3:00 PM | Savannah Theatre

This collaboration of four extraordinary musicians was born out of the incredible success at a 2012 Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center performance in New York that explored the influence of violinist Joseph Joachim.

Sat 04/04 Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread

Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread

7:30 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

The eldest daughter of Johnny Cash and stepdaughter of June Carter Cash of the legendary Carter Family, Rosanne's musical and family legacy is rooted in the origins of American country music with its deep cultural and historical connections to the South.

Sat 04/04 Closing Night Party: DakhaBrakha

Closing Night Party: DakhaBrakha

9:00 PM | Ships of the Sea North Garden

DakhaBrakha is a world music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. The band creates a universe of unexpected new music in a variety of native melodies and rhythms.