Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) unveils an impressive lineup for the 2021 season as they return live for the ninth annual festival which runs August 8-22, 2021 in Savannah and surrounding areas, offering a variety of music genres such as opera, musical theater and popular song.
Live shows will have COVID-19 security measures in place and a lower seating capacity with an early and late night show for most performances, to ensure physical distancing for the audience.
The virtual programming will remain and will be broadcast at the end of August so that audiences around the world can continue to enjoy VOICE productions.
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While tickets don’t go on sale to the general public until July 1, members will have access to the early bird ticket sale that begins June 21. Any household that has donated $ 150 or more each year automatically becomes a member of the VOICE programs (MVP).
Mayor Van Johnson, who opened the Virtual Festival 2020, said, “We are fortunate to move forward into our new normal with the ninth annual Savannah VOICE Festival this year with a live audience return. We are reassured that SVF leaders are maintaining protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the host city in August – in person and online. “
For the first time, SVF has partnered with WSAV-TV, NBC’s local affiliate, to broadcast a look back on an exciting year of the artists and music from the Savannah VOICE Festival you saw on screen in 2020 and previews of What’s To Come returns live in Savannah August 8-22.
This preview will be released at 11:30 am on Friday August 6 as well as online at WSAV.com/SVF.
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After making a name for itself in Savannah and beyond, the VOICE Festival will return to places such as Asbury Memorial Church, Charles H. Morris Center, Davenport House Museum Garden, Demere Center for Living, Jewish Educational Alliance and Telfair Academy. Savannah VOICE Festival Live will feature festival favorites including Aria, Broadway, Free Master Classes, Inspiration (sacred music) and more.
New and exciting productions for 2021 include “Song” on August 12 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. with extensive song literature, including world premieres of new works with emerging composers and young writers from a collaboration between SVF and DEEP.
Another interesting new show is “Woman” at 6 pm and 8 pm on August 18, which showcases women in music. By popular demand, Rock is back on August 20 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., featuring radio hits from artists from Abba to Foreigner to the Carpenters.
Start your weekends with Coffee, a delicious performance in the garden of the Davenport House Museum with coffee and pastries at 10 a.m. on Saturday August 14 and 21.
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The crown jewels of the festival include “Feast” at 5pm on August 14, a workshop of SVF’s new commission by composer-in-residence, Michael Ching. “A Royal Feast” is a work composed with students of the Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts, presenting an imaginative story of Cinderella after her marriage to Prince Charming.
Other coronation performances take place on the evening of August 21 at 5 and 7:30 p.m. as the most famous opera of all time, “La Bohème” – is presented in an abridged version of Puccini’s love story – Bohème is directed by Andrew Bisantz and directed by Fabrizio Melano.
Some festival events will be free with other events offering tickets from $ 22.50 to $ 50. See Annex 1 for a full festival overview.
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Maria Zouves, who co-founded the festival with her husband, world-renowned opera baritone Sherrill Milnes, is grateful to return to Savannah stages for the ninth season of beautiful music spanning a variety of genres.
“Our lineup and partnerships demonstrate our deep connection to Savannah and our high level of community engagement,” Zouves said. “The success and longevity of the Milnes VOICE programs speaks volumes for the support we receive. Our artists are excited to return live, and the Festival is proud to continue to serve our new audiences around the world through live performances with WSAV and in our own streaming program.
Streaming events take place at the end of August and will be announced soon. For a complete lineup of all Savannah VOICE Festival concerts, performances, master classes and other events, or for membership and tickets, please call 855.766.7372, email [email protected] or visit www. savannahvoicefestival.org.