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Savannah VOICE Festival performs love songs at the Davenport House

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Romance is in the air as the Savannah VOICE Festival closes out its Davenport House Concert Series with a program entitled “Summer Songs of Love.”

It is the culmination of a four-part series, with each concert representing one of the four seasons. As SVF co-founder and Executive Director, Maria Zouves put it, “This finishes up the last ‘season’ of the season.”

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Savannah VOICE Festival unveils 2019 season, themed ‘Heaven and Earth’

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The Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) has unveiled the lineup and theme for their seventh annual festival, set for Aug. 3-25.

Themed “Heaven and Earth,” the seventh season will offer music from opera, musical theatre and popular song, according to a press release. Heaven and Earth celebrates the two realms in which we live, with shows about what’s beyond our physical nature as well as the earthly temptations of our humanity.

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Dynamic pairing: Savannah Music Festival teams up with Savannah VOICE Festival for two co-productions

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As in years past, the 2019 Savannah Music Festival (SMF) will once more feature a couple of concerts designed in cooperation with the Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF).

That organization, and the annual, three-week-long event it presents every August, is rooted in “the principles of a golden age of opera,” and, under the direction of its founder Sherrill Milnes, reliably offers up world-class recitals by some of the most acclaimed, classically trained vocalists of their generation …

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Savannah VOICE Festival opens seventh and largest season

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“There are more things in heaven and Earth … than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” –  William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

Whether heaven is simply made of earthly pleasures, or a celestial kingdom for after-life exploration, through the ages of time humans have explored the unknown country through art, grounding their journeys in the realty of our physical existence.

For three weeks, the Savannah VOICE Festival will explore the theme of “Heaven and Earth” with their seventh and largest festival to date.

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Savannah Music Festival Announces its 2019 Lineup

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“In a co-production with the Savannah VOICE Festival, tenor Santiago Ballerini makes his SMF debut in a recital with pianist Howard Watkins… In addition to Santiago Ballerini’s solo recital, SMF and Savannah VOICE Festival also co-present Modern Broadway, with selections from the past four decades of Broadway’s greatest hits (April 13).”

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Savannah VOICE Festival Returns For Spring Concerts

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The Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) will celebrate the beauty of the changing seasons with fabulous Spring events. On March 11, SVF returns to the Davenport House Museum (DHM) for the third in its series of seasonal events. This concert will showcase VOICE artists in concert…

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Savannah VOICE Festival Spring Events on Mid-Morning Live

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Maria and Sherrill sit down with Mid-Morning Live to talk about SVF’s spring concerts.

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Savannah Voice Festival finale to showcase best of this year

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Every year, the Savannah Voice Festival ends with a big finale featuring the best moments of that year’s productions.

Nan Qin’s hilarious performance of “I am Aldolpho” from “The Drowsy Chaperone” was a major highlight of last year, for instance. The hodgepodge show is also an opportunity for the festival to announce next year’s season…

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Savannah VOICE Festival Holiday Events

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Festival Board Co-Chair Toby Hollenberg sat down with Davenport House Museum Director Jamie Credle and La Scala Ristorante Owner Jeffrey Downey to discuss the two events planned for December at their respective establishments to benefit the Savannah VOICE Festival.

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Savannah VOICE Festival unveils 2019 Festival Highlights

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The 2018 Savanah VOICE Festival capped off its expanded and highly successful sixth season with a spectacular Grand Finale Concert and delicious Festival Gala Dinner, sponsored by Naomi and Barry R. Cohen, at The Landings Plantation Club on Sunday, Aug. 26. The 2018 festival – themed “Stories Great and Small” — concluded by entertaining guests with highlights from three weeks of sharing beautiful stories through operas, musical theater and song…

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Savannah VOICE Fest presents timeless, tragic romance of La Traviata

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The Savannah Voice Festival is presenting one of the most popular and timeless love stories in opera, Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata,” for two shows Aug. 22 and 25 at the Charles H. Morris Center…

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Good News: Savannah Voice Festival, Garrison team for special performanc

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The Savannah Voice Festival once again reaching out to the community and into the imaginations of young art students.

“Hansel and Gretel – The Opera” was a collaboration between Voice Festival performers and Garrison School for the Performing Arts students, who designed the sets for the production at a scenic design camp over the summer…

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Edu-tainment: ‘Hansel and Gretel’ continues Savannah Voice Fest’s core mission

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Furthering the Savannah Voice Festival’s mission of educating and entertaining, Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” the second in four operas at this year’s festival, is being staged by an array of students.

The SVF is collaborating with Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts and the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System for this production, which will feature a cast comprised of students from the Milnes Voice Studio. Directing will be longtime VOICExperience Foundation member Chad Sonka, who is also the educational and outreach coordinator for the Savannah Opera Company…

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Edu-tainment: ‘Hansel and Gretel’ continues Savannah Voice Fest’s core mission

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Furthering the Savannah Voice Festival’s mission of educating and entertaining, Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” the second in four operas at this year’s festival, is being staged by an array of students.

The SVF is collaborating with Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts and the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System for this production, which will feature a cast comprised of students from the Milnes Voice Studio. Directing will be longtime VOICExperience Foundation member Chad Sonka, who is also the educational and outreach coordinator for the Savannah Opera Company…


Review: Savannah Voice Fest, ‘The Telephone’ and how to be a marketing genius

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Maria Zouves might be a theatrical and marketing genius.

The Savannah Voice Festival co-founder and executive director has shaped the annual vocal showcase to fit the size of Savannah, instead of demanding more than the city could provide…

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Savannah VOICE Festival launches Savannah Opera Company

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Executive Director Maria Zouves sits down with Marco Nisticò on WTOC’s Mid-Morning Live to discuss the launch of the Savannah Opera company and Marco’s guest recital.

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Built to educate and entertain, Savannah VOICE Fest is dedicated to students, community

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The Savannah Voice Festival, in its sixth year, was built on a foundation of education and continues that mission with a number of outreach programs each year.

A byproduct of the VOICExpereince Foundation, which was founded by Maria Zouves and Sherrill Milnes as a way for the legendary opera singer to give back, the SVF is at its core both entertainment and educational, which is achieved by a healthy mixing of both elements into every aspect of what they do…

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Built to educate and entertain, Savannah VOICE Fest is dedicated to students, community

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The Savannah Voice Festival, in its sixth year, was built on a foundation of education and continues that mission with a number of outreach programs each year.

A byproduct of the VOICExpereince Foundation, which was founded by Maria Zouves and Sherrill Milnes as a way for the legendary opera singer to give back, the SVF is at its core both entertainment and educational, which is achieved by a healthy mixing of both elements into every aspect of what they do…


Bunny in the City: Savannah VOICE Festival charts “Stories Great and Small”

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The Savannah Voice Festival kicked off its sixth annual festival with “Stories Great and Small” on Aug. 4 at The Westin Savannah Harbor.

Just to make you understand the scope of this magnificent production, imagine 121 singers from 14 countries performing 31 concerts and four operas in 22 days — all guided by opera superstar couple Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves.

Stoked to have the musical legends back in town, I am congratulating Maria on the recently announced launch of their new brand Savannah Opera when I hear English lass Lesley Francis descend the escalator with none other than her jet-setting husband Carl…

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Bunny in the City: Savannah VOICE Festival charts “Stories Great and Small”

Savannah Morning News

The Savannah Voice Festival kicked off its sixth annual festival with “Stories Great and Small” on Aug. 4 at The Westin Savannah Harbor.

Just to make you understand the scope of this magnificent production, imagine 121 singers from 14 countries performing 31 concerts and four operas in 22 days — all guided by opera superstar couple Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves.

Stoked to have the musical legends back in town, I am congratulating Maria on the recently announced launch of their new brand Savannah Opera when I hear English lass Lesley Francis descend the escalator with none other than her jet-setting husband Carl…


New Savannah Opera Company Debuts

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As the Savannah VOICE Festival approaches its sixth season, the organization announces the launch of The Savannah Opera Company as a new brand in the Milnes VOICE Programs. This new brand will be a growing part of the two non-profit organizations that have been producing classical vocal music in Savannah, through the Savannah VOICE Festival and the VOICExperience Foundation.  As a new entity, the Savannah Opera Company will continue the work of the SVF in staging high quality productions in the Hostess City. This year’s season includes four operas that support the SVF 2018 theme, “Stories Great and Small”. They range from classic tragedy to contemporary comedies: Verdi’s La Traviata, Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, Menotti’s The Telephone and SVF’s own composer-in-residence, Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight


Newsmakers: Savannah VOICE Festival names Board of Directors

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The Savannah VOICE Festival has named the Board of Directors for the 2018-19 season. Co-chair Toby Hollenberg, community volunteer; Co-chair Barry Cohen, president of Cohen Partners LLC; Carolyn Donovan, community volunteer; Arlene Ratner, former business owner, community volunteer; Bernard Dobroski, former Dean of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music; Helen Downing, community volunteer; T. Mills Fleming, attorney and chair of Hunter Maclean’s health care practice group; Wes Krulic, retired pharmacist; and Dr. Michael Zoller, chair of Otology, Center of Otolaryngology at St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital…

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Newsmakers: Savannah VOICE Festival names Board of Directors

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The Savannah VOICE Festival has named the Board of Directors for the 2018-19 season. Co-chair Toby Hollenberg, community volunteer; Co-chair Barry Cohen, president of Cohen Partners LLC; Carolyn Donovan, community volunteer; Arlene Ratner, former business owner, community volunteer; Bernard Dobroski, former Dean of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music; Helen Downing, community volunteer; T. Mills Fleming, attorney and chair of Hunter Maclean’s health care practice group; Wes Krulic, retired pharmacist; and Dr. Michael Zoller, chair of Otology, Center of Otolaryngology at St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital…


Savannah Opera will shape future of VOICE Programs, city’s musical landscape

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Savannah VOICE Festival founders Maria Zouves and Sherrill Milnes have helped to reshape the musical landscape of Savannah over the past six years and now, under a new brand, will look to shape the future.

The couple began the VOICExperience Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, 18 years ago to give back to the vocal community, using their professional singing experience as the textbook. The students, professionals in their own right, needed an outlet for their training and so the Savannah VOICE Festival embarked on producing operas in the Hostess City each year beginning in 2013…


Savannah Voice Fest’s comic opera ‘The Telephone’ tells a familiar tech tale

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If you have ever lost focus on an in-person conversation because you were checking social media on your phone for the 10th time in an hour, well, there is an opera for you.

“The Telephone,” Gian Carlo Menotti’s English-language comic opera, may have been written in 1947, but its themes of technological distraction are even more familiar now than when it first debuted.

The Savannah Voice Festival is presenting two performances of “The Telephone” on Aug. 9 at the historic Davenport House Kennedy Pharmacy, along with a pre-show of festival artists performing telephone-related musical pieces…


Savannah VOICE Festival presents comical recital by Italian baritone Marco Nisticò

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Each year the Savannah Voice Festival spotlights a special recital artist and for 2018, the renowned Italian-born baritone Marco Nisticò will be performing a showcase of his favorite songs and arias in a showcase titled “It’s a Funny Story.”

“It’s going to be a little bit different, not like a conventional recital,” says Nisticò. “I will be speaking about why I chose the pieces and recount a bit of my work years, especially the Italian ones, because they turn out to be funnier for some reason.”

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Savannah VOICE Festival presents comical recital by Italian baritone Marco Nisticò

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Each year the Savannah Voice Festival spotlights a special recital artist and for 2018, the renowned Italian-born baritone Marco Nisticò will be performing a showcase of his favorite songs and arias in a showcase titled “It’s a Funny Story.”

“It’s going to be a little bit different, not like a conventional recital,” says Nisticò. “I will be speaking about why I chose the pieces and recount a bit of my work years, especially the Italian ones, because they turn out to be funnier for some reason.”


Savannah VOICE Festival stages Ching’s “Speed Dating Tonight!”

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It is billed as one of the most popular modern operas after 60-plus productions have been staged since its initial show in 2013, and now it will make its Savannah debut.

One of the Savannah Voice Festival’s four operas in the sixth season program, Michael Ching’s “Speed Dating Tonight!” will open Aug. 17 at the Charles. H. Morris Center with a young cast built from the Milnes Voice Studio, one of the educational wings of the festival, named after co-founder and legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes…

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Savannah VOICE Festival stages Ching’s “Speed Dating Tonight!”

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It is billed as one of the most popular modern operas after 60-plus productions have been staged since its initial show in 2013, and now it will make its Savannah debut.

One of the Savannah Voice Festival’s four operas in the sixth season program, Michael Ching’s “Speed Dating Tonight!” will open Aug. 17 at the Charles. H. Morris Center with a young cast built from the Milnes Voice Studio, one of the educational wings of the festival, named after co-founder and legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes…


Savannah VOICE Festival Takes Patrons ‘Behind the Scenes,’ into Artistic Process

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The Savannah VOICE Festival offers music lovers throughout the Coastal Empire a chance to experience amazing music at various stages of development. From promising, young artists who are poised to rise up to great careers to those who are in full and successful careers, audiences are treated to the full spectrum of the process…

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Savannah VOICE Festival Takes Patrons ‘Behind the Scenes,’ into Artistic Process

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The Savannah VOICE Festival offers music lovers throughout the Coastal Empire a chance to experience amazing music at various stages of development. From promising, young artists who are poised to rise up to great careers to those who are in full and successful careers, audiences are treated to the full spectrum of the process…


Savannah Voice Festival: ‘Fab Four’ concert brings 1960s back to life

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The Savannah Voice Festival is not only presenting a variety of classic opera this year, but also sprinkling in a number of pop treats.

While the classic vocal stylings of opera are the festival’s cornerstone, growth in recent years has allowed room to push productions and styles in new directions. This year, along with “Broadway Tales,” the festival has added a pops concert highlighting music by The Beatles accompanied by a stellar sampling of ’60s sounds…

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Savannah VOICE Festival 6th Season Launch

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Savannah VOICE Festival co-chair Toby Hollenberg sits down on WTOC’s Mid-Morning Live to discuss the upcoming season.


Opera Legends of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow to Converge in Savannah

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Amazingly, but not at all surprisingly, the 2018 Savanah VOICE Festival’s sixth annual festival – themed “Stories Great and Small” – will present a striking array of internationally acclaimed opera singers, including several local SVF favorites, as well as unveiling a few new and upcoming operatic voices…


Savannah VOICE Festival Sixth Season

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Festival founders Maria Zouves and Sherrill Milnes sit down with WTOC’s Mid Morning Live to discuss the upcoming productions of “The Telephone” and “Broadway Tales” during the sixth annual Festival.


Savannah VOICE Festival returns for sixth year, launches Savannah Opera Company

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THE Savannah VOICE Festival warms into its sixth season with three weeks of vocal and opera performances beginning August 4- 26.

This year’s theme is “Stories Great & Small” and showcases music ranging from classic tragedy to contemporary comedies. Works such as Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Humperdink’s “Hansel and Gretel,” Menotti’s “The Telephone” and an SVF original composition “Speed Dating Tonight” are a sampling of the productions at this year’s festival…


Savannah VOICE Festival’s Sixth Season

Savannah Tribune

The sixth annual Savannah VOICE Festival, themed “Stories Great & Small,” is underway and will run from Aug. 4-26 in and around Savannah, featuring music from opera, musical theater and popular song. Pianist Dan Gettinger returns to lead one of the most popular concerts of the Festival with new stories to tell in “Broadway Tales” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at Asbury Memorial UMC,1008 E. Henry St. This lively performance explores the stories that have crossed over from the opera world to Broadway. SVF artists bring a piece of Broadway to Savannah during this 90-minute revue of musical theater favorites…

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Savannah VOICE Festival’s Sixth Season

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The sixth annual Savannah VOICE Festival, themed “Stories Great & Small,” is underway and will run from Aug. 4-26 in and around Savannah, featuring music from opera, musical theater and popular song. Pianist Dan Gettinger returns to lead one of the most popular concerts of the Festival with new stories to tell in “Broadway Tales” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at Asbury Memorial UMC,1008 E. Henry St. This lively performance explores the stories that have crossed over from the opera world to Broadway. SVF artists bring a piece of Broadway to Savannah during this 90-minute revue of musical theater favorites…


Savannah’s opera: Voice festival embarks on a new era with ambitious sixth year

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Over a three-week period, spanning almost the entire month of August, the Savannah Voice Festival will enliven the Historic District with its most ambitious and multifarious year to date.

Into the sixth season, the Savannah Voice Festival has firmly established itself in Savannah. Last month, they solidified their establishment in Savannah with the announcement of a new brand. The festival and its educational wing, the VOICExperience Foundation, now fall under the Savannah Opera Company, opening a new era for the nonprofit…


Broadway tenor Carlton Moe returns to Savannah For VOICE Fest prelude

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At the prelude event May 12, the SVF will announce additional events in a concert featuring three of its premiere stars: Chad Sonka, Tessa Hartle and Carlton Moe, the latter returning to Savannah after making his debut on Broadway last year.

When Moe, a classically trained opera singer, began working with SVF co-founders Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves, he knew very few musical theater pieces…


Savannah VOICE Festival Expands VOICE Society Program

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It’s a wonderful time to join the Festival membership the “VOICE Society”, to take full advantage of this year’s prestigious events and heightened perks. Each year, with their membership cards, Society members enjoy early seating, exclusive access to members-only events (such as the highly acclaimed Salon Series), early ticket sale access for events throughout the year, a personalized SVF seat cushion, members-only newsletter and an impressive selection of incentives and discounts offered by local businesses. Membership not only includes these and other advantages, but more importantly helps to support the Savannah VOICE Festival’s vital education and outreach programs in the schools, hospitals and those unable to attend their musical events…

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Savannah VOICE Festival Expands VOICE Society Program

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It’s a wonderful time to join the Festival membership the “VOICE Society”, to take full advantage of this year’s prestigious events and heightened perks. Each year, with their membership cards, Society members enjoy early seating, exclusive access to members-only events (such as the highly acclaimed Salon Series), early ticket sale access for events throughout the year, a personalized SVF seat cushion, members-only newsletter and an impressive selection of incentives and discounts offered by local businesses. Membership not only includes these and other advantages, but more importantly helps to support the Savannah VOICE Festival’s vital education and outreach programs in the schools, hospitals and those unable to attend their musical events…


Savannah VOICE Festival Announces Board of Directors

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The Savannah VOICE Festival has announced the Board of Directors who will lead this local nonprofit organization into the 2018-19 season. As the sixth annual SVF approaches, the non-profit organization is poised for growth with plans for stunning concerts, exciting events, and community initiatives. Newly appointed co-chair Toby Hollenberg joins Barry Cohen in welcoming new board members Carolyn Donovan and Arlene Ratner to the Savannah VOICE Festival Board of Directors. They join current members Dr. Bernard Dobroski, Helen Downing, T. Mills Fleming, Dr. Wes Krulic, and Dr. Michael Zoller in leading the organization into its next strategic plans…


Savannah Music Fest: Delve into Broadway in Savannah Voice Festival co-production

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Savannah Music Festival and Savannah Voice Festival will team up for a co-production featuring world-class vocalists.

Each year, Voice Fest founders and renowned opera singers Maria Zouves and Sherrill Milnes piece together a program exploring a different arrangement of vocal stylings. Following the Arias & Encores program of last year, SVF will explore the early days of musical theater in a Classical Broadway showcase for two performances April 13…


Savannah VOICE and Music Festivals Partner for Co-Production “Classical Broadway”

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For the fourth consecutive year, two of Savannah’s leading performing arts organizations, The Savannah VOICE Festival and Savannah Music Festival, are collaborating.  This year the concerts will recreate “Classical Broadway” in Coastal Georgia.  These two performances of timeless musical theatre hits will feature first-class singers performing some of the best of Broadway, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to today’s most popular show tunes…


Savannah VOICE “Savannah Sings”

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The Savannah VOICE Festival joins Garrison School for the Arts in Savannah Sings as part of their education and outreach initiative.


Armstrong Piano in the Arts Series

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The Savannah VOICE Festival and Armstrong’s Piano in the Arts series “Come Together” for a Master Class celebrating the collaboration between voice and piano.


Savannah VOICE Festival Returns in February with Educational Initiatives

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The Savannah VOICE Festival is slated to return to Savannah with new educational initiatives and performances during February.

Opera legend and Savannah VOICE Festival Artistic Director, Sherrill Milnes, will join the annual Savannah Sings Festival as Master of Ceremony for the 2018 Choir Festival performance at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at the Esther F. Garrison School’s Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts, 649 W. Jones St. in downtown Savannah. Now in its fifth year, Savannah Sings 2018 is hosted by John Tisbert and the Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts Choir with generous support from the Savannah Friends of Music…


Take a tour of Savannah’s Davenport House Museum, then learn how to become a guide

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New in 2017 was a partnership with the Savannah VOICE Festival, when a world premiere opera was staged in the home. “Anna Hunter, The Spirit of Savannah” told the story of Anna Colquitt Hunter, who assembled the group of six women that bought the home in 1955 and established the HSF. The partnership continues with the 2018 VOICE Festival, when Menotti’s “The Telephone” will be staged for three performances in the house from Aug. 9-10…