What’s it like to hang out with a blues icon? GPB News’ Rickey Bevington can tell you. She sat down with blues guitarist Robert Cray during GPB’s “On The Story” broadcast from the Savannah Music Festival. The festival, which is celebrating its 25th year, brings together world renowned musicians for more than 100 performances over three weeks. Some of those musicians just happen to call Georgia home, including Cray.
Joseph Conyers is a bassist in the Philadelphia Orchestra. He performed April 2 in the Savannah Music Festival as part of a chamber orchestra lead by world–renowned violist Philip Dukes. Conyers is one of the younger musicians in the group but as the only bass, he plays a huge part. "It's really integral to everything that goes on. So actually I feel... It's very, it's a role of great responsibility,” said Conyers. “Everyone likes to look at the violin, but if the bass player's out of tune or behind or if something's not lining up, it doesn't quite work." Even in practice, it's clear everyone in the orchestra leads a life dedicated to music.
The Savannah Music Festival is holding a concert tonight as it unveils its 2014 line-up. Blues musician Taj Mahal is one of the artisits coming to next year's festival. And he's just one of the festival's musical surprises. Yesterday, event organizers came out with their list of featured musicians for the spring event, which includes masters of classical, jazz, and folk.
Georgia Trend magazine's annual list of 100 most influential Georgians includes some recognition for the state's arts community. The publication came out with its "power list" this week. It features mostly business and political leaders, with Governor Nathan Deal on the cover. But Georgia Trend also noted Atlanta painter Alejandro Aguilera and Georgia Council for the Arts director Karen Paty.
Tickets are available for next year's Savannah Music Festival. Sales opened Thursday for the annual concert series on the Georgia coast, which offers a mix of classical and American roots music performances each spring.