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Cécile McLorin Salvant / San Salvador

Born in Miami in 1989, Cécile McLorin Salvant studied piano beginning at age 5, sang in a children’s choir at 8, and then began classical voice lessons. She pursued dual tracks as an undergraduate in France (her mother is French, her father Haitian)—studying French law at one university while attending the Darius Milhaud Conservatory studying…

Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. Over the course of two decades, the Grammy Award winner has crafted a remarkable body of work that prompted The New York Times to hail…

Sam Bush plays John Hartford / The Jerry Douglas Band

Best known for his award-winning mandolin playing, Kentucky-born Sam Bush is a multi-instrumentalist and bandleader who has influenced generations of American acoustic music artists. Growing up with American fiddle tunes and bluegrass music, Bush eventually looked to expand upon these traditions, helping create what became known as newgrass. He has won four International Bluegrass Music…

Terence Blanchard Feat. The E-Collective & Turtle Island Quartet

Two-time Oscar nominee, six-time Grammy Award-winner and 2018 USA Fellow trumpeter/ composer Terence Blanchard has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning pivotal moments in American culture—past and present. Regarding his consistent attachment to artistic works of conscience, Blanchard confesses: “Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter live by their Buddhist philosophy and…

Los Lobos

For all the trailblazing musical acts who’ve emerged from Los Angeles, very few embody the city’s wildly eclectic spirit more wholeheartedly than Los Lobos. Over the past five decades, the renowned East L.A. band has made an indelible mark on music history by exploring an enormous diversity of genres—rock ‘n’ roll and R&B, surf music…

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

St. Paul & The Broken Bones is an ever-evolving musical powerhouse. In a profound shift for the Alabama-born eight-piece ensemble—Paul Janeway (vocals), Jesse Phillips (bass), Browan Lollar (guitar), Kevin Leon (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone), and Amari Ansari (saxophone)—the band’s most recent work arrives at a convergence of rock and…

Zurich Chamber Orchestra Feat. Daniel Hope & Philip Dukes

Elgar Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Opus 47 Bruch Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E minor, Opus 88 Tchaikovsky Serenade for String Orchestra The 2023 classical series begins with the return of the renowned Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Music Director Daniel Hope. Joined by SMF’s Thomas V. & Susan G. Reilly Associate…

The Infamous Stringdusters / Sierra Hull

In the 12 years since their last SMF performance, Grammy Award-winning ensemble The Infamous Stringdusters have shown remarkable growth as instrumentalists and songwriters. The band’s synergy has developed over 16 years of playing clubs and festival stages across the country and has helped them solidify an enduring fan base among traditional and progressive bluegrass and…

Kodo: Tsuzumi

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant and living art form. Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given over 6,500 performances on all continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan…

Pink Martini Feat. China Forbes

In 1994, Thomas Lauderdale wanted to create a new sound with a broader appeal that could energize crowds and serve as a beautifully inclusive soundtrack for events. He drew inspiration from all over the world, crossing classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop until he landed on the genre-bending music you hear today. A year later, Lauderdale…