Set in the South's premier city, the Savannah Music Festival captures audiences' imaginations by "presenting a world-class celebration of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Georgia's first city." The annual event began in 1988 as the Savannah Onstage International Arts Festival, when a group of community leaders sought to enhance cultural tourism. In 1994, the American Traditions Competition was first held at the Festival. The competition is a weeklong series of vocal performances that displays the myriad of musical genres that "encompass American characteristics of excellence and artistic integrity."
In 2002, the event became known as the Savannah Music Festival, and in the spring of 2005, attracted more than 36,000 attendees. Lead by director Rob Gibson, the Festival features an array of performances by renowned jazz, blues, bluegrass, classical and international artists. To learn more about the festival and the schedule of performances for 2006, visit the website.