Enthralling Staunton Music Festival Spans 10 Days (and 600 years!)

June 10, 2019 (Staunton, Va.) — With nearly 40 events programmed over 10 days and nights, Staunton Music Festival’s breadth of musical programming is expansive and enthralling. 


The 2019 Festival runs from August 16 to 25 and offers an immersive classical music experience by creating audacious, inspiring, and adventurous productions that will delight music lovers of all ages. 


What once started as a weekend of music among friends has since become one of the mid-Atlantic’s most innovative, daring, and accomplished chamber music gatherings. Now in its 22nd year, SMF attracts thousands of classical music lovers from more than 20 states and several foreign countries. We're rethinking classical for the modern era.


Over 80 of the world’s most acclaimed chamber musicians are brought in for this exuberant festival, where musical risk-taking abounds.  Artists are engaged for their expertise in historic performance traditions, their commitment to newer repertoires, their professional qualifications, and their ability to collaborate with new partners in a demanding time schedule. This year’s musicians hail from Argentina, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, and dozens of U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C., and all points in between.


Highlights of the 2019 season include a staged presentation of Handel's masterpiece, Theodora; Bach's St Matthew Passion on period instruments; innovative world premieres by composers in residence; Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, and even Bernstein's West Side Story.


There are usually three performances each day during the festival, including one FREE concert each day at noon. Evening performance highlights include:


Day 1 - Semi-staged performance of Handel's Theodora
Day 2 - From Dusk To Dawn (Haydn, Respighi, Mancini, Schubert, and more)
Day 3 - 
Magic and Mischief (Mozart, Lully, Wadsworth, Crumb, and more)
Day 4 - 
Love and Sacrifice (Stravinsky, Tschaikovsky, Bernstein, and more)
Day 5 - 
Early Keyboard Extravaganza (Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, and more)
Day 6 - 
Songs of Love and War (Monteverdi, Brahms, Jofre, Porter, Beethoven, and more)
Day 7 - 
Serenades and Fugues (Bach, Ravel, Dvorak, and more)
Day 8 - 
Baroque Inside/Out (Bach, Locatelli, Vivaldi, and more)
Day 9 - 
Maria de Buenos Aires (Piazzolla)
Day 10 - Finale 
St Matthew's Passion (Bach)

Pre-concert talks by noted scholars and performers are held before every ticketed performance. Tickets are available a la carte and via a festival "pass." If you are fortunate enough to stay for the entire festival, you’ll be exposed to literally hundreds of musical pieces that span 600 years and all classical music genres. 


What:     An immersive, European-style classical music festival
When:    August 16-25, 2019
Where:   Historic venues in Staunton, Virginia
Tickets:  Visit the online box office to get started. Limited tickets may be 
available at the door on the day of the performance. 

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Carsten Schmidt and Executive Director Jason Stell, the Festival attracts distinguished musicians from around the world to perform in beautiful downtown Staunton, amidst the stunning the backdrop of Blue Ridge Mountains.  For more information, visit stauntonmusicfestival.org.