The re-envisioned SMF 2021 season is designed to create a safe concert experience with live socially distanced outdoor and limited-capacity indoor performances, live-stream options, contact-free entry, and heightened safety procedures while providing the same quality entertainment you?ve come to expect.
This decision was made with the following considerations:
1. To minimize the chances of cancelations and potential rescheduling.
2. To address the concerns of many artists and artist representatives about the potential for travel restrictions and other factors that might put early spring commitments at risk.
3. To allow patrons to plan attendance with more information regarding the safety of large-scale gatherings, and to have ample time to learn about SMF?s safety protocols.
Several artists scheduled for the canceled 2020 festival season are confirmed for 2021, including Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. In addition, the festival will include other exemplary artists in jazz, including Christian McBride & Inside Straight and others to be revealed in January, as well as classical duo David Finckel & Wu Han and Associate Artistic Director Mike Marshall in a special Stringband Spectacular performance.
Live performances with limited seating capacity will take place outdoors on a main stage at Trustees? Garden. In addition, chamber music performances with socially distanced, limited-capacity seating will be held at the Kehoe Iron Works building at Trustees? Garden, located at 660 E. Broughton St. All events will take place rain or shine. SMF is also exploring additional festival and off-season concerts to take place at outdoor venues, such as the North Garden Assembly Room at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.
The complete lineup will be announced on Monday, January 11, along with concert safety protocols. A pre-sale for donors, sponsors and SMF In Unison members will start on Tuesday, January 12 and run through Monday, January 18. Ticket sales to the general public will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Tickets to the 2021 Savannah Music Festival will be available online at savannahmusicfestival.org, by phone at 912.525.5050 and in person at the Savannah Box Office, located at 216 E. Broughton Street.