Savannah Music Festival presents Fall chamber concert series

Bringing award-winning artists and audiences together sooner than expected, the Savannah Music Festival is presenting a four performance Fall chamber concert series starting Oct. 19. 

Consisting of a mixture of classical, bluegrass, and acoustic performances, the series will span over four days and take place at different venues. Ryan McMaken, artistic director of Savannah Music Festival, said due to COVID precautions the concerts will have limited capacity, but he’s grateful to have the opportunity to bring a small concert series in October.

“We were able to do limited capacity seating for 10 concerts in May, and we planned these as a fall series to kind of continue those,” McMaken said. “Our festival has been canceled for the past two years and we are ready to get back to it.”

Kicking off the series will be two performances from British viola player Philip Dukes and New York based Escher String Quartet at Trinity United Methodist Church.

“Philip has been working with the festival as a performer since 2005, and he’s also conducted a few chamber concerts,” McMaken said. “As of the fall of 2019 he became the associate artistic director for chamber music. So, this is his first time performing on the Savannah stage in this actual role. He’s an amazing performer and a very accomplished chamber musician and soloist.”

According to McMaken, Escher Strings Quartet has been previously programmed to play, but this will also be their first time performing as part of the series.

“They’re resident artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York and they’ve won the Avery Fisher award 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 end with a free outdoor concert at Eastern Wharf Park from bluegrass artists Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, and Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley.

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

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