What's Your Handel on the Staunton Music Festival?

Dated: August 10 2023

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Photo by: Lorenzo Spoleti

August in Staunton gives us two reasons to celebrate: children return to school and the Staunton Summer Music Festival begins.  Described by Travel + Leisure as “Virginia’s world-class music festival," if you are a classical music enthusiast or someone who appreciates the power and grace of this timeless genre, then you're in for a treat! Staunton is hosting its 25th annual Summer Music Festival, showcasing an impressive lineup of renowned musicians and inspiring performances. Join us as we dive into what makes this festival so special and why you shouldn't miss out on this grand celebration of music. But wait, did you even know that there is a music festival in Staunton????

Staunton has a deep-rooted connection with classical music. Did you know that more than 90 acclaimed musicians are in town and that there will be over 30 performances in the coming days? The town boasts a strong musical heritage, attracting talented musicians and showcasing their brilliance. The festival pays homage to this heritage by presenting a diverse range of classical music performances that cater to all tastes and preferences. From Baroque to Romantic, the festival transports you through different eras, allowing you fully immerse yourself in the  breadth of the genre's richness. 

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From historic venues, prepare to be mesmerized by the virtuosity of world-class performers who grace the festival's stage. Renowned performers, chamber ensembles, soloists, and choirs from near and far will come together to create unforgettable musical moments. Whether it's the delicate beauty of a solo pianist or the grandeur of a full choir, each performance promises to be a feast for the ears and a sight to behold. . Additionally, the festival's program includes masterclasses, lecture recitals, and open rehearsals, providing an immersive experience that connects the audience with the music and the musicians. Not to mention FREE noon time performances. 

Summer Festival Schedule

While the music takes center stage, Staunton offers much more to complement your festival experience. Take some time to explore the town's picturesque streets, lined with boutique shops, art galleries, cozy cafes, and farm to table eateries. Visit the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse for a dose of theatrical magic or delve into the town's rich history by exploring the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum. Staunton's vibrant culture is sure to leave a lasting impression.

So, for non-Stauntonites, pack your bags, book your tickets, and let Staunton be your gateway to the soul-stirring world of classical music. Join us at the Staunton Summer Music Festival and create memories that will resonate with you long after the final note has been played.

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